Vera-Simone Schulz, M.A.

Research Associate

Vera-Simone Schulz studied art history, philosophy and Russian literature in Berlin, Moscow and Damascus. Her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University, New York), focused on "Infiltrating Artifacts: Florence and Tuscany in their Mediterranean and Global Entanglements. Studies in a Transcultural History of Art Before Modernity". Her areas of research include Florence and Italy in a Mediterranean and global perspective, Islamic art and architecture, transmedial and transmaterial dynamics, textile ecologies, global approaches to the fourteenth century, and transcultural art history. Since 2011, she has been a research assistant (2011-2014) and research associate (since 2014) in the department Gerhard Wolf at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. Since 2014, she has coordinated the international research project "Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Cent.)", directed by Gerhard Wolf and funded by the German Research Foundation. Since 2015, she has been working on a habilitation project on Islamic art and architecture at the margins of the Islamic world with a special focus on the Swahili coast in coastal East Africa. Her research has been supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), among others. From November 2018 to January 2019, she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Bard Graduate Center, New York.

  • Florence, Tuscany and the Apennine peninsula in their Mediterranean and global entanglements
  • Islamic art and architecture in a transcultural perspective
  • Islamic art and architecture and transcultural trajectories in Sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on the Swahili coast
  • Transmedial and transmaterial dynamics (between objects of the so-called 'applied arts', from ceramics, metalwork to textiles, architecture, and painting)
  • Textile ecologies, textile transfer processes, ornamentation across media and materials, and notions of textility
  • Intersections between visual and material culture, the mobility of objects, thing-theory, and image-object-interrelations in a transcultural perspective
  • Global approaches to the 14th century
  • Transcultural art history


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