Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken
A research and fellowship program initiated by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken is a Berlin based research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents, it discusses the potential and contours of a plural history of art.
The program invites annually up to ten scholars (postdoc) from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European art histories and those of the Americas and is also addressing neighboring disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology and other fields dealing with the history of visual cultures. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices analyses the connectivity of larger historical spaces and investigates artistic phenomena in a comparative approach, experimenting with new methodologies and forms of collaborative research. The concept of "aesthetic practices", introduced by the program, is an invitation to study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global perspective. This includes the dynamics of the production and perception of things, images and architectures from the time of their creation to their subsequent apprehensions up to the present, also including their display, storage, oppression, reworking or destruction.
With the study of "aesthetic practices", the program engages with sociological, gender specific, historical, legal, religious, technical, philological, linguistic, geographical, ecological questions or dimensions as well as those regarding the history of knowledge. It allows to understand artifacts as actors or participants in specific social and cultural dynamics. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is structured along four thematic lines: 1. Materiality and Techniques; 2. Mobility, Transfer and Translation; 3. Narratives and Display; 4. Site, Space and Environment. It thus aims to overcome the dichotomy of formal versus contextual approaches towards artifacts or constellations of objects. At the same time it promotes the concept of an art-historical ecology and embraces museum studies. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices has no chronological or geographical constraints. Its scholarly environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices. The Berlin based program is designed as means of intensive collaboration between art historical and research institutions dealing with transcultural questions, in particular in the horizon of the debates accompanying the project of the Humboldt Forum. Among the facilities in Berlin Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices primarily cooperates with the Berlin State Museums, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. Together with Monica Juneja and the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context of Heidelberg University the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices program initiated a three-part series of events, concerning the problem of languages and terminologies in a transregional history of art. Further cooperations involve the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris (Max Weber Institute). The activities of the group include regular meetings, museum visits, site specific workshops and an annual travelling seminar.
Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier, Ph.D.
Ghosts in Transition: For a Spectro-Aesthetics of Contemporary Art in Postconflict Societies
Filiz Tütüncü Çağlar, Ph.D.
Rewriting the History of Ottoman Archaeology: The Case of Raqqa Excavations by the Ottoman Imperial Museum (1905/6 and 1908)
Nachiket Chanchani, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (January 2019–July 2019)
Scrolling Forward: Manuscript Culture, Literary Production, and the Making of Early Modern Western India
Afonso Dias Ramos, Ph.D.
The Visual South: Decolonising Visual Culture In and Out of the Museum
Daniel Horn, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (October 2018–April 2019)
Les Autres Temps Modernes - Présence Africaine, Existentialism, Art Brut and the Revision of Primitivism in Postwar Paris (1945–1960)
Shailka Mishra, Ph.D.
The Painting Workshop of Amber-Jaipur in the Eighteenth Century: Paintings, Patronage, Practices
Deepti Mulgund, Ph.D.
Learning to See, Learning to Draw: Vision, Modernity and the Teaching of Drawing in 19th century Bombay
Sophia Prinz, Ph.D.
Global Modernity, Material Worlds, and the Migration of Form
Lianming Wang, Ph.D.
Animal Encounters in the Qing Court: Pictorial Monuments and Political Narratives, 1740–1790
Jing Zhu, Ph.D.
Photographing Bodies of non-Han in the Southwest of China in 1930s and 1940s: Anthropology, Museum Collections and Gender
Amina Grunewald, Ph.D.
Kin-Centrism and Empathetic Memory Work in Contemporary North American Indigenous Artworks
Alya Karame, Ph.D.
The Lives of Qur'anic Manuscripts from Eleventh Century CE Khurasan: Palimpsests of Religious and Political Meanings
Lamia Balafrej, Ph.D.
The Mediation of Intricacy. Medium, Representation and Authorship in Late fifteenth-century Persian Painting
Lesley Nicole Braun, Ph.D.
Congolese Representations of the Female in Motion
Peter H. Christensen, Ph.D.
Germany and the Ottoman Railway Network: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure
Wulandani Dirgantoro, Ph.D.
Memory and the Avant-Garde: Trauma in Indonesian Visual Arts 1970–1990
Yanlong Guo, Ph.D.
Exotic and Domestic: The Consumption of Bronze Mirrors in Inner Asia (300 BCE–300 CE)
Venugopal Maddipati, Ph.D.
Deccanizing the Absolute: Deep Time in the 19th century imagination of Buddhist and Islamicate Architecture (Bhaja, Karle, Bedsa, Girar and Ajanta)
Sarada Natarajan, Ph.D.
Artistic Agency and Pre-modern Indian Sculpture: Towards a View 'from Below'
Márton Orosz, Ph.D.
Visual Studies in the Cybernetic Age – Human Solidarity and Engineered Civilization in Gyorgy Kepes' Socially-Oriented Media Art Practice
Sanja Savkic, Ph.D.
Engaging Preclassic Maya Visual Configurations at San Bartolo, Guatemala
Monica Juneja, Ph.D.
Can Art History be Made Global? A Discipline in Transition
Ahmed Adam, Ph.D.
Objects from Sudan in the Collections of Berlin / History of Museums in Sudan
Rakhee Balaram, Ph.D.
Decolonizing the Modern: Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and the Global Avant-Garde
Federico Buccellati, Ph.D.
Mesopotamian Palatial Architecture: A Study of Space and Authorship
Annalisa Butticci, Ph.D.
Saint Anthony of Padua and the god of Nana Ntona in Elmina. A Ghanaian Tale of Transcultural Religious Aesthetics
Peyvand Firouzeh, Ph.D.
Depicted Legitimacy: Sufi-Sultan Encounters in the Visual and Textual Cultures of South Asia
Gül Kale, Ph.D.
Artifacts as Sources of Wisdom and Wonder: Intersections between Ottoman Books on Architecture and European Travel Narratives in the Seventeenth Century
Subhashini Kaligotla, Ph.D.
A River Runs Through: Sacred Spaces in the Landscape of the Early Medieval Deccan
Banu Karaca, Ph.D.
Missing Provenance, 'Lost' Works: The Blind-Spots of Art History in Turkey
Dipti Khera, Ph.D.
Feeling of a Place: Art, Affect and Authority Between Mughal and British Empires
Saima Akhtar, Ph.D.
Corporate Empire: Fordism and the Making of Immigrant Detroit 1908 – 1956
Mohamed Elshahed, Ph.D.
Revolutionary Modernism? Architecture and the Politics of Transition in Egypt, 1936-1967
Atreyee Gupta, Ph.D.
Anti-illusionism and Abstraction in a Global Field: India, ca. 1930-1960
William Kynan-Wilson, Ph.D.
From Souvenir to Stereotype: The Ottoman World in Early Modern Text and Image
Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam, Ph.D.
Iranian Art in the 1960s: An Alternative Modernity?
Roxana Nakashima, Ph.D.
English Iconoclast Corsairs in Spanish America. 1567-1595
Yoonjung Seo, Ph.D.
The Sacred Past and the Celebrated Present: Chinese Figural Subjects in the Commemorative Court Painting of the Chosŏn dynasty in Korea
Yudong Wang, Ph.D.
Painting, Sculpture, and Knowledge in Medieval China
Peter Webb, Ph.D.
Text, Image and Idea in Islamic Architecture: 'Buildings and Books'
Ittai Weinryb, Ph.D.
Art and Experience in the Time of the Astrolabe
Mathias Fubah Alubafi, Ph.D.
Africa on the Move: Drinking Horns in the Cameroon Grassfields and Beyond
Haythem Bahoora, Ph.D.
Politics and Aesthetics in Arabic Literature: Modernism and Nation Building in 20th Century Iraq
Martina Becker, Ph.D.
Urban Places of Worship, Beirut 1950s and 60s
Maria José de Abreu, Ph.D.
Theotokos: Reassessing the Byzantine Icon in Times of Electronic Media
Niharika Dinkar, Ph.D.
Colonial Shadows: Vision and Space in Modern Indian Art
Michael Falser, Ph.D.
Heritage as a Transcultural Concept—Angkor Wat from an Object of Colonial Archaeology to a Contemporary Global Icon
Anna McSweeney, Ph.D.
The Alhambra in the Middle East: Architectural Revivals of a Nasrid Palace in the 19th Century
Sugata Ray, Ph.D.
A Fragile Techné: India in Colonial Photography, Print Culture, and Archaeology
Romuald Tchibozo, Ph.D.
Artistic and Cultural Relations between the Former German Democratic Republic and African Countries: From Influence Spheres Establishment to the Socialist Aesthetic Construction
Li Zhang, Ph.D.
Bronze Age China and the Early Globalization of Art