Mercator Fellows & Guests

Former mercator fellows

Jerzy Elżanowski

Jerzy Elżanowski is Assistant Professor in Indigenous and Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation) at Carleton University, jointly appointed to the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. His current research projects focus on

  • the history and historiography of urban war damage, including archival bomb damage maps and destruction surveys;
  • difficult monuments in Canada’s National Capital Region in the context of transnational commemorative practices;
  • multi-vocal consultation methodologies for engaging communities in design for public installations.

He holds a professional Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University, and a joint PhD in Heritage Conservation, Architectural History, and Interdisciplinary Studies from the Bauhaus University Weimar and the University of British Columbia. He has taught and practiced in the fields of architecture and heritage conservation across Canada, Germany, and Poland.

Jerzy Elżanowski was our Mercator-Fellow at the Research Training Group from June to December 2018. He worked intensively with our PhD students in Berlin and Weimar on subjects such as memory and identity politics and served as a respondent to them in our colloquia. He organized (together with Emily Putnam) our study trip to Canada including visits to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

In our “Identity and Heritage” Lecture Series he held two lectures – one in Berlin and one in Weimar (together with Carmen Enss). You can listen to the lectures in our Podcast Section.

More information on Jerzy Elżanowski you will find here.

Current Mercator Fellow

Prof. Zvi Efrat

Zvi Efrat studied Architecture at the Pratt Institute and Film Studies at New York University. He received his doctorate in the history and theory of architecture from Princeton University. In addition to his international publishing and teaching activities, Zvi Efrat has curated numerous exhibitions. He was head of the architecture faculty at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2002-2010) and is a partner at Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA).

Research areas:

  • Planning and architecture of early Zionism
  • Israeli Architecture: The Formative Years (1948 – 1967)
  • Post-War European and American architecture
  • Brutalism and Post-Brutalism
  • Tropical Modernism (in West Africa, South-East Asia and Central America)

His book “The Object of Zionism, The Architecture of Israel” was published in Hebrew in 2004 by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His book “The Object of Zionism, The Architecture of Israel” was published by Spector Books, Leipzig, in 2018.

He worked on the following projekcts with Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA): Performing Arts Campus in Jerusalem, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem (renewal and expansion), City Museum of Tel Aviv (preservation and new additions), The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, The Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki (Greece).

From October 2021 to March 2022, Zvi Efrat was the 2nd Mercator Fellow of our Kolleg. He held a workshop on archival practices based on his work on “The Object of Zionism” (Architectural History of Israel) in Berlin in December 2021 and presented his research in the lecture series “The Israeli Architectural Avant-Garde of the 1960s and its Discomfort”.

Guests

Within public lecture series and annual conferences our guests have presented theoretical positions, history related artworks and planning strategies that relate to the theme of "identity and heritage".

Felix Ackermann

Dr. Felix Ackermann explores the history of incarceration in partitioned Poland and Lithuania as a research associate at the German Historical Institute Warsaw. From 2011 to 2016, he taught as a DAAD visiting associate professor at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. During that time he started to do research on the history of the Lukiškės prison. About his work at EHU he wrote the book “Mein litauischer Führerschein” which was published by German publisher Suhrkamp in 2017. Within the context of his work at the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism together with colleagues he published “Mapping Vilnius” and “Mapping Visaginas” through the art academy’s publisher in Vilnius. From 2001 to 2011 he established the Institute for Applied History at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

Ringvorlesung vom 15.02.2022:

VOM NKVD ZU NETFLIX. DENKMALSCHUTZDEBATTEN UM DAS LUKIŠKĖS-GEFÄNGNIS IN DER LITAUISCHEN HAUPTSTADT WILNA

Anna Angelica Ainio

Anna Angelica Aino studierte Kunstgeschichte und visuelle Kultur an der University of Oxford sowie Kunsttheorie und Erbeforschung am University College London. Laufende kunsthistorische Forschungen verfolgt sie mit den Schwerpunkten zeitgenössische Kunst, Erbeforschung und öffentliche Skulptur. Sie ist wissenschaftliche Assistentin an der Universität Mailand (Prof. Giancarlo Lacchin, 2019) und arbeitet an der Veröffentlichung von Il Cangiante (Mailand, 2020) mit. Seit 2021 ist sie Mitglied des European Young Heritage Ambassador-Programms, das eine Verbindung zwischen europäischen Institutionen und der Öffentlichkeit herstellt, um das Bewusstsein für die Erhaltung des kulturellen Erbes und Nachhaltigkeit zu erhöhen.

Götz Aly

Götz Aly has received numerous awards for his critically discussed contributions to the research of national his recently published book “Das Prachtboot. Wie Deutsche die Kunstschätze der Südsee raubten” (2021), he took part in the controversial debate about the handling of the exhibition pieces of colonial origin in the rebuilt Berlin Castle.

Ringvorlesung vom 16.11.2021:
GÖTZ ALY (BERLIN): CRAZY ABOUT HISTORY. THE GERMANS – A NATION WITHOUT A CENTRE

Arnold Bartetzky

Arnold Bartetzky is an art historian and architecture critic, and works as the head of department at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and as honorary professor at the University of Leipzig. He writes among others at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is a member of various expert committees for urban development, preservation of historical monuments and the promotion of science. His fields of work include architecture, urban planning, monument preservation and political iconography. Recent book publications: Das verschwundene Leipzig. Das Prinzip Abriss und Neubau in drei Jahrhunderten Stadtentwicklung. Leipzig 2020 (together with Anna Reindl); Geschichte bauen. Architektonische Rekonstruktion und Nationenbildung vom 19. Jahrhundert bis heute, Cologne-Weimar-Vienna 2017 (ed.); Die gerettete Stadt. Architektur und Stadtentwicklung in Leipzig. Erfolge – Risiken – Verluste. Leipzig 2015.

Heike Becker

Prof. Heike Becker is a sociocultural anthropologist and author. She is Chair of the Anthropology Department of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, where she teaches courses about anthropological theory, visual culture, popular culture, and the politics of difference. Her research interests have focused on the politics of memory, popular and visual culture, and social movements of resistance in southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia). She currently also works on decolonizing the public space, memory activism and anti-racist politics in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has published widely on monuments, commemorations and public art in Namibia and South Africa, among others, ‘Changing Urbanscapes: Colonial and postcolonial monuments in Windhoek’ (Nordic Journal of African Studies), ‘Commemorating heroes in Windhoek and Eenhana: memory, culture and nationalism in Namibia, 1990-2010’ (Africa. Journal of the International African Institute), and ‘Remembering Marikana: public art intervention and the right to the city in Cape Town’ (Social Dynamics), and together with Carola Lentz a special issue on ‘The politics and aesthetics of commemoration: National days in southern Africa’, (Anthropology Southern Africa).

Ringvorlesung vom 22.11.2021:
Falling Monuments, Rising Memories: The Politics and Aesthetics of Postcolonial Memory Cultures and Urbanscape in Southern Africa.

Andrijana Ivanda & Tobias Hönig (c/o now Berlin)

c/o now ist ein in Berlin gegründetes und tätiges Architekturbüro, das sich an kollektiven Praxen orientiert. Neben der Tätigkeit als planende und bauende Architekt:innen, beschäftigen sich Tobias Hönig, Andrijana Ivanda, Markus Rampl, Paul Reinhardt, Duy An Tran, und Ksenija Zdešar auch mit kritischen Reflexionen der Disziplin, in der sie arbeiten. Die Ergebnisse dieser Auseinandersetzungen wurden wiederholt publiziert, u.a. auch in der von c/o now mitherausgegebenen Publikation „Bayern, München. 100 Jahre Freistaat. Eine Raumverfälschung“ (herausgegeben von Stephan Trüby, Verena Hartbaum, University of Looking Good, c/o now, Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2019). Darüber hinaus ist c/o now fortlaufend in die Lehre an Hochschulen eingebunden wie derzeit mit einer Gastprofessur an der Kunstuniversität in Linz.

Ringvorlesung vom 07.06.2022:

(EX-)YU – RÄUME UND ARCHITEKTUREN ALS TRÄGER NATIONALER ERZÄHLUNGEN

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Ebbrecht-Hartmann is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism and the European Forum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He teaches, researches, and publishes on cinematic and digital remembrance of the Holocaust, media history, and the use and appropriation of archival images. He is a member of the consortium of the Horizon 2020 project “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age”.

Ringvorlesung vom 17.05.2022:

TOBIAS EBBRECHT-HARTMANN (JERUSALEM): HASHTAGS, STORIES, VIDEO-MEMES. DIE ERINNERUNG AN DEN HOLOCAUST AUF TIKTOK UND INSTAGRAM

Prof. Zvi Efrat

Zvi Efrat studied Architecture at the Pratt Institute and Film Studies at New York University. He received his doctorate in the history and theory of architecture from Princeton University. In addition to his international publishing and teaching activities, Zvi Efrat has curated numerous exhibitions. He was head of the architecture faculty at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2002-2010) and is a partner at Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA).

Research areas:

  • Planning and architecture of early Zionism
  • Israeli Architecture: The Formative Years (1948 – 1967)
  • Post-War European and American architecture
  • Brutalism and Post-Brutalism
  • Tropical Modernism (in West Africa, South-East Asia and Central America)

His book “The Object of Zionism, The Architecture of Israel” was published in Hebrew in 2004 by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His book “The Object of Zionism, The Architecture of Israel” was published by Spector Books, Leipzig, in 2018.

He worked on the following projekcts with Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA): Performing Arts Campus in Jerusalem, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem (renewal and expansion), City Museum of Tel Aviv (preservation and new additions), The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, The Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki (Greece).

From October 2021 to March 2022, Zvi Efrat was the 2nd Mercator Fellow of our Kolleg. He held a workshop on archival practices based on his work on “The Object of Zionism” (Architectural History of Israel) in Berlin in December 2021 and presented his research in the lecture series “The Israeli Architectural Avant-Garde of the 1960s and its Discomfort”.

Wolfgang Ernst

Wolfgang Ernst is professor for media theories at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He received his doctorate in history in 1990 and habilitated in 2002 with a venia legendi in cultural studies and media studies. After various external guest professorships, he founded the Seminar for Media Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. Since he became a media archaeologist, he devotes his research and teaching primarily to micro-temporal and sonic media processes as well as intra-technical self-logic and self-time. He is currently exploring the technológos of media-cultural knowledge.

Ringvorlesung vom 24.05.2022:

TECHNOLOGIEN DER WISSENSTRADITION, UND DER TECHNOLÓGOS EUROPÄISCHER IDENTITÄT

Marco A. M. Gabriel

Marco Antonio Minozzo Gabriel is a Brazilian architect currently holding a scholarship as a Ph.D. candidate in Preservation of the Architectural Heritage at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His research focuses on the constitution, patrimonialization, and touristification of the fachwerkarchitecture made by Pomeranian Immigrants in the Itajai Valley, Santa Catarina, Brazil.  Marco holds an M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh (2015-2016), obtained with distinction as a UK Chevening Awards scholar.

Prior experiences include working as the Immigration Region Technical Office Chief for the Brazilian National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (2017-2019); being the Brazilian delegate at the UNESCO’S World Heritage Young Professionals Forum in Bahrain (2018) and at UNESCO Third International Youth Forum on Heritage and Creativity along the Silk Roads (China-2019); and a speaker at the UNESCO International Youth Forum Special Dialogue on Youth’s Response to COVID-19 (2020).

Ringvorlesung vom 1.12.2021:
TRANSTRANSNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL IDENTITIES. THE ROLE OF FACHWERK IN THE VALORIZATION OF THE GERMAN-BRAZILIAN CULTURES IN THE ITAJAI VALLEY BRAZIL FROM THE 1970S ONWARDS

Rasmus Greiner

Rasmus Greiner is a researcher in film studies at the University of Bremen. His research focuses on film and history, audio history of film, film genres and war and audiovisual media. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the Philipps-Universität Marburg on the topic “Die neuen Kriege im Film” and was awarded his habilitation in the teaching and research field of film studies at the University of Bremen in 2020. He currently heads the DFG project “Filmkomödie nach dem Dritten Reich” (Film Comedy after the Third Reich), in which he is researching German feature films from 1944/45 that were only completed or premiered after the end of the Second World War. He is also General Editor and Editorial Coordinator of the journals Research in Film and History (www.film-history.org) and After the Film (www.nachdemfilm.de).
Recent book publications: Cinematic Histospheres. On the Theory and Practice of Historical Films. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2021; Histospheres. On the Theory and Practice of Historical Films. Berlin: Bertz+Fischer 2020; Audio History des Films. Berlin: Bertz+Fischer 2018 (together with Winfried Pauleit and Mattias Frey).

Ringvorlesung vom 08.02.2022:

CINEMATIC HISTOSPHERES. FILMISCHE ERLEBNISRÄUME IN DER AUDIOVISUELLEN ERINNERUNGSKULTUR

Rachel Győrffy

Rachel Győrffy studied architecture at the TU Munich in Germany and at the Arts University Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. Following her ten years of professional experience in Germany and Hungary, she started her PhD at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest in 2019. Her research focuses on architectural theory and the study of urban planning processes in the context of the current paradigms of reconstructivism and the smart city. She investigates possible causes of the negative perception of postwar modernism and the effects (or lack) of adaptive reuse on urban space, incorporating concepts from sociology (Martina Löw) as well as aspects of aesthetic capitalism (Gernot Böhme) and the tourism industry into her research. Recently, she participated in a competition of ideas in which she proposed new uses for a post-war building in Budapest that was threatened with demolition and its reintegration into the urban fabric. She published an article on this in the Austrian student architecture journal LAMA (Spring 2021). Since October 2021, she has been working as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Architectural Theory, History of Art and Cultural Studies at TU Graz.

Alfred Hagemann

Alfred Hagemann is the head of the History of the Site Department at the Humboldt Forum Foundation in the Berlin Palace since 2018. His team is responsible for four permanent exhibitions and develops events, programmes, special exhibitions and publications on the history of the site where the Humboldt Forum stands today.
After completing his doctorate at the Technical University of Berlin as part of the graduate programm Art Studies – Building Research – Monument Preservation. Hagemann was an employee of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg from 2005 to 2018. There he curated a number of cultural-historical exhibitions, e.g. the exhibition Frauensache at Charlottenburg Palace (2015), which for the first time comprehensively illuminated the role of female protagonists at the Brandenburg-Prussian court, or Friederisiko on the occasion of the 300th birthday of Frederick II of Prussia at the Neues Palais in Potsdam (2012). The permanent exhibition in Schönhausen Palace (2009) dealt intensively with the palace as both a site of courtly culture and a site of remembrance of GDR history. Questions about the (architectural) artistic forms of representation and the spatial structuring of power in different times and systems were the focus of interest, which are also of central importance in the Humboldt Forum under very special conditions.

Ringvorlesung vom 14.12.2021:

A NEW BUILDING WITH A HISTORY. ON DEALING WITH THE SITE’S HISTORY AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM

Stefanie Hennecke

Stefanie Hennecke ist Professorin für Freiraumplanung an der Universität Kassel. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind die Geschichte des Stadtgrüns mit dem Schwerpunkt auf Gestaltung und Nutzung öffentlicher Parkanlagen und die Aneignung von Freiräumen. Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte beschäftigen sich mit dem Vorkommen von wild lebenden Tieren in der Stadt (DFG), mit der Bedeutung von Utopien und Dystopien städtischer Entwicklung im Rahmen von Beteiligungsprozessen (Xtopien, Robert-Bosch-Stiftung) und mit der Gestaltung von des Wohnumfeldes für Jugendliche. Sie studierte Landschaftsarchitektur und -planung in München und Berlin und promovierte an der Unviersität der Künste Berlin zur Stadtentwicklungspolitik Berlins in der Nachwendezeit. Jüngste Buchpublikation: Freiraum in der Krise?! Eine Bestandsaufnahme in Zeiten der Covid-19-Pandemie (hg. gemeinsam mit Daniel Münderlein) – www.freiraum-krise.de. Weitere Informationen:www.uni-kassel.de/go/freiraumplanung.

Ringvorlesung vom 31.05.2022:

DER VOLKSPARK ALS ERBE DER MODERNE? ZUR GESCHICHTE KOMMUNALER PARKANLAGEN IM 19. UND 20. JAHRHUNDERT IM KONTEXT VON DISKUSSIONEN UM VOLKSERZIEHUNG UND VOLKSGESUNDHEIT.

Stephanie Herold

Dr. Stephanie Herold studied art history, monument conservation and European ethnology in Bamberg, Bergen (Norway) and Berlin. 2008-2016 she was a research assistant at the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning at the TU Berlin, Department of Historic Preservation. In 2016, she received her PhD with a thesis on the role of beauty in historic preservation (transcript, 2018). Since 2016, she has been working as a research associate at the Competence Center for Monument Sciences and Technologies at the University of Bamberg. In addition to research on architectural and planning collectives in the GDR, she is currently investigating emotional aspects of cultural heritage replacement and negotiation processes.

Ringvorlesung vom 25.01.2022:

WAS BLEIBT VOM KOMMEN? BEHEIMATUNG UND TRANSFORMATION

Nasima Islam

Nasima Islam is an assistant Professor in the department of English at Nasima Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College at the University of Calcutta in India. She did her MPhil in 2018 on the thematic of the women sphere of rural Bengali Muslims of the state of West Bengal in India from Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC). Currently, she is working on the idea of postcolonial literary-cultural Censorship in India as a PhD scholar at CSSSC. Her broader research areas include Censorship studies, subaltern studies, Dalit literature, Minor Literature, studies on New Social Movements, Critical literary theories, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Irakli Khvadagiani

Between 2005-2009, Irakli Khvadagiani studied in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Tbilisi State University, specializing in journalism. From 2010 to 2013 he studied at the Master Programs at Ilia State University, specializing in Caucasus in the European and Global context. From 2014 he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Ilia State University. Since 2010 he works as a researcher at the Soviet Past Research Laboratory and as a chairman of the board since 2017.

Damjan Kokalevski

Damjan Kokalevski is postdoctoral associate at the Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich, leading the Digital Archive. His doctoral dissertation “Performing the Archive: Skopje. From the Ruins of the City of the Future,” completed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 2018, investigates the neglect of the architectural knowledge gained during the rebuilding of Skopje following the 1963 earthquake, focusing on the United Nations’ involvement in the process. He contributed to the exhibition “Metabolism: The City of the Future” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012), curated the exhibition “Performative Archive: Skopje, Discussing Urban Reconstruction” with gta Exhibitions Zurich (2014), and co-curated “Living With Water: Southern Fringe of Ljubljana” at the Museum of Architecture and Design, MAO Ljubljana (2018), and “Unfolding Cities. The Photobook as Archive” at AFF Gallery Berlin (2021). He is the author of the book “Skopje Walkie Talkie” together with Susanne Hefti, published by Spector Books in 2019, the editorial assistant of “The Industrious City. Urban Industry in the Digital Age”, together with Hosoya Schaefer Architects Zurich, published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2021, and the co-editor of the “Future Architecture Book” published by MAO Ljubljana 2021. Working as an architect, curator, writer, and activist led him to co-found City Creative Network, a citizen initiative and an urban research center in Skopje. In 2015 together with a group of students, they realized the project “Nautilus Construct: Building an Open Stage for Skopje” as a reaction to the recent nationalistic remaking of the city center. As a frequent collaborator on architectural projects, he most recently co-designed “Komitet”, an LGBTQI+ community center in Skopje, as a donation, and the urban concept for “Prespa Forum for Political Dialogue” located at the shores of Prespa Lake near the North Macedonia-Greece border. 

His recent thematic interest lies in a critical recontextualizing of architectural and technological histories by examining their digital futures and devising intersectional frameworks for ‘making things visible’.

Ringvorlesung vom 28.06.2022:

DAMJAN KOKALEVSKI (MUNICH/SKOPJE): READING THE ARCHIVE: SKOPJE. ABANDONED HISTORIES AS CRITICAL ENTRIES TO THE PRESENT 

Johan Lagae

Johan Lagae is Full Professor at Ghent University, where he teaches 20th Century Architectural History with a focus on the non-European context. In 2007, he was a chercheur invité at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris and recently was a fellow at the Paris Institut des Etudes Avancées. He holds a PhD on colonial architecture in the former Belgian Congo and has published widely on the topic, as well as on 20th century architectural and urban history in Central-Africa, and on the notion of colonial built heritage. He co-authored two books on the built landscapes of the city of Kinshasa and (co-)curated several Congo-related exhibitions, such as Le mémoire du Congo. Le temps colonial (2005), Congo belge en images (2010), and more recently A chacun sa maison. Housing in the Belgian Congo 1945-1960 (2018). From 2010 till 2014 he co-chaired a European research community devoted to the theme “European Architecture beyond Europe” (COST-action IS0904), and he currently is co-editor of ABE-Journal, a peer reviewed, open access scholarly magazine devoted to 19th and 20th century architecture beyond Europe.

Ringvorlesung vom 07.12.2021:
“SORRY CONGO !?” ON THE POSITIONALITY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY IN DEALING WITH CONGO’S COLONIAL PAST

Friederike Landau-Donnelly

Friederike Landau-Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, where she currently teaches courses in urban and cultural geography, spatial theory, research methods and geographies of care. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research interests focus on the politics of public space and contested narratives around the ‘creative’ city. Her empirically grounded research interweaves political theories of conflict, power and urban space with literature on artistic activism, social movements and civic self-organization. She recently co-edited the volume “[Un]Grounding – Post-Foundational Geographies” with Lucas Pohl and Nikolai Roskamm, in the quest to advance conflict-oriented notions of space and spatiality. 

Kristina Leko

Kristina Leko is a Berlin based visual and interdisciplinary artist and an educator. Since 2013 she teaches contextual based art practices with focus on participatory and community art and art in public space at the Institute for Art in Context, at the UDK Berlin. She works in the medium of installation, video, documentary film, photography, text, objects, drawings, with social interaction and empowerment at the core of her mostly participatory artistic practice, which is often placed in public space.

Patricia Lenz

Patricia Lenz is a Ph.D. student in Art History at the University of Zurich. With a background in socio-scientific Japanology and Global Art History, her research examines Asia-Pacific War memories in contemporary Japanese art since the 1990s focusing on artists from the second postwar generation and later, including Ōura Nobuyuki’s “Holding Perspective”, Aida Makoto’s “War Picture Returns” series as well as Dokuyama Bontarō and Fujii Hikaru addressing Japan’s history as a colonial power in Taiwan. Lenz is a JSPS-fellow and will pursue her research at Tokyo University at the end of 2021.

Suzana Milevska

Suzana Milevska is a curator and theorist of art and visual culture from North Macedonia. Currently she is a Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Research Fellow in Innsbruck. Her theoretical research projects employ postcolonial and feminist institutional critique of representational regimes of hegemonic power in arts and visual culture, and the deconstruction and decolonization of contentious cultural heritages in art institutions, collections, and public spaces. Her curatorial projects focus on collaborative and participatory art practices, feminist projects by women artists looking at visual microhistories in historic and family photographic archives, and community-based projects in solidarity with marginalized and disenfranchised communities. In 2019, Milevska curated the exhibition Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects at the Polytechnic University Milan as Principal Investigator of TRACES – Transmitting of Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts – From Intervention to Co-production (EU Programme Horizon 2020, 2016-2019). From 2013 to 2015, she was Endowed Professor of Central and South Eastern European Art Histories, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Milevska was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). She holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College London. In 2012, she won the ALICE Award for Political Curating, and the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. In 2010, Milevska initiated the project Call the Witness that focused on contemporary Roma artists and consisted of a participatory online Roma Media Archive, the exhibition Call the Witness, (BAK Utrecht), and the Roma Pavilion at 54 Venice Biennial (Palazzo Zorzi, Venice). In 2011, she also curated the project Roma Protocol, Wiener Festwochen, Austrian Parliament, Vienna.

Ringvorlesung vom 26.04.2022:

SUZANA MILEVSKA (INSBRUCK): SHAMEFUL OBJECTS, APOLOGISING SUBJECTS

Nnenna Onuoha

Nnenna Onuoha is a Ghanaian-Nigerian artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Her work centres Afrodiasporic voices, to explore monumental silences surrounding the histories and afterlives of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the US, asking: how do we remember, which pasts do we choose to perform and why? She is currently a PhD researcher in Anthropology with Media at Harvard University, and in Global History at Potsdam University.

Ljiljana Radonić

Ljiljana Radonić leads the European Research Council (ERC) funded project “Globalised Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals” at the Institute of Cultural Studies and History of Theatre at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). She conducted her habilitation project on World War II in post-socialist memorial museums at the ÖAW and in 2020 received the venia at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Since 2004 Ljiljana has been teaching on antisemitism theory as well as on memory conflicts in eastern and central Europe since 1989. In 2015 she held a visiting professorship for Critical Theory of the Society at the Gießen University (Germany), in 2017 at the Center for Jewish Studies at Graz University (Austria). She did her PhD on The War about Remembrance. Croatian Politics of History Between Revisionism and European Standards (Frankfurt: Campus 2010).

Ringvorlesung vom 19.04.2022:

LJILJANA RADONIĆ (WIEN): KRIEG UM DIE ERINNERUNG: GESCHICHTSPOLITIK IM POST-JUGOSLAWISCHEN RAUM

Lukas Rathjen

Lukas Rathjen has been a doctoral student at the Chair of Literature and Cultural Studies at the ETH Zurich since March 2021. In 2020, he completed his Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Knowledge with a dissertation on the “Darmstädter Gespräche”. Prior to that, he studied History, Archaeology and Interdisciplinary Anthropology in Hamburg and Freiburg. His thesis on the intellectual culture of communication in the post-war period in the Federal Republic of Germany is supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilcher and Prof. Dr. Philipp Felsch (Humboldt University Berlin), and is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) with a doc.ch-scholarship. The working title of his PhD project is: Rhetorical Humanism: A History of Knowledge on ‘Conversation’ in the Early Federal Republic (1947-1968).

Natalie Reinsch

Natalie Reinsch studied modern and contemporary history, medieval history and political science at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Since June 2020 she works as a research assistant at the Museumsverband für Niedersachsen und Bremen e.V. She also served as the curator of the exhibition “Horst Brandstätter und die Frage der (Un)Freiheit. A Swabian Intellectual, Networker and Cultural Mediator”, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2020) and as a research assistant at the Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg between June 2014- June 2018. Her publications: Barbara Magen, Natalie Reinsch (Hrsg.): Vom Ihr zum Wir. Flüchtlinge und Vertriebene im Niedersachsen der Nachkriegszeit. Hannover 2021. Horst Brandstätter und die Frage der (Un)Freiheit. Ein schwäbischer Intellektueller, Netzwerker und Kulturvermittler, Katalog zur Ausstellung im Württembergischen Kunstverein, Stuttgart 2020.

Anatol Rykov

Anatol Rykov is Professor of Art History in the Department of History of Western European Art at the Institute of History in Saint Petersburg State University. His habilitation (2008), as well as his book “Postmodernism as Radical Conservatism” (2007) considered the connotations of right-wing politics and philosophy in the contemporary US “left” art criticism (October journal). His dissertation concerns the social aspects of David Hockney’s artwork (2003). He is also the author of the book “Politics of Avant-Garde” (2019) and numerous publications on the theory of deconstruction.

Elisa Satjukow

Dr. Elisa Satjukow ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Ost- und Südosteuropäische Geschichte. Zuvor war sie Fellow im Promotionsprogramm “Trajectories of Change” der ZEIT-Stiftung und hat 2019 ihre mit dem Förderpreis der Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnete Dissertation “Die andere Seite der Intervention. Eine serbische Erfahrungsgeschichte der NATO-Bombardierung 1999” (transcript 2020) abgeschlossen. Sie hat in Leipzig, Belgrad und Wolograd Ost- und Südosteuropäische Geschichte, Allgemeine- und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaften und Russistik studiert. Neben ihrer wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit war sie Projektleiterin im Kompetenzzentrum Mittel- und Osteuropa Leipzig und Koordinatorin des Internationalen MitOst-Festivals. Ihre Schwerpunkte bildet die Verflechtungsgeschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas vom 19. bis 21. Jahrhundert, insbesondere Alltag-, Geschlechter-, Transformations- und Wissensgeschichte, Erinnerungskulturen, Postkoloniale Studien sowie Theorien und Methoden der Geschichtswissenschaften.

Ringvorlesung vom 12.07.2022:

UMSTRITTENES ERBE. DER KOSOVOKRIEG UND DIE NATO-INTERVENTION 1999

Ingrid Scheurmann

Prof. Dr. phil. Ingrid Scheurmann, historian, honorary professor for monument preservation at the TU Dortmund, lecturer at the TU Berlin (Master’s degree programme in historical building research and monument preservation)

2001-2008
Head of the Dehio office at the foundation Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, 2005 curator of the exhibition “Layers of time – Recognising and Preserving. Monument Preservation in Germany”

2008-2012
Professor for heritage studies and applied building research at the TU Dresden and head of the Master’s programme “Heritage Conservation and Urban Development”

2009-2912
Head of the sub-project “Between History and Historicisation” within the BMBF research project “Monument – Values – Dialogue”

2014-17
Head of the sub-project “Another Expansion of the Concept of Monument?” within the BMBF research project “Which Monuments of Which Modernity?”
Member of the board of the Working Group Theory and Teaching of Monument Preservation (2008-2018), of the board of the Association for the History of Berlin, of the Archeological Heritage Network of the Federal Foreign Office and of Icomos.

Ringvorlesung 10/26/2021
CONTINUITY OR CHANGE MANAGEMENT? HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN TIMES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Alexandra Staub

Alexandra Staub is a professor of architecture at Penn State University and an affiliate faculty of Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute. Her research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. This interest leads her to examine not just what we build, but also how we get there: design processes and their social implications, the economic, ecological, and social sustainability of architecture and urban systems, interpretations of private and public spaces, architectural ethics understood as questions of power and empowerment, and how social class or gender shapes our expectations for the use of space.
After receiving her B.A. from Barnard College in New York, Alexandra Staub studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she graduated in 1991. She received her Ph.D. at the Brandenburg University at Cottbus. She has published two books, Conflicted Identities: Housing and the Politics of Cultural Representation in 2015 and The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space, and Gender in 2018, as well as countless articles and reviews. Her current work focuses on the intersection of architecture and urban design with ethics, stakeholder theory, and social justice concerns.

Lecture 11-01-2022:
WHOSE ARCHITECTURE? WHOSE IDENTITY? EXAMINING ETHICS AND STAKEHOLDER THEORY AS A FRAMEWORK FOR ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION

Tobias Strahl

Tobias Strahl was born in Dresden in 1978. In 1996, he joined the Gebirgsjägerbataillon 571 (Mountain Infantry Battalion 571) as a temporary soldier and was trained as a mountain infantry squad leader and sniper. In 1999, he participated in the invasion of Kosovo with his unit in the First Contingent of the Kosovo Force. In 2000, he retired from active service and transferred to the Bundeswehr Reserve as a non-commissioned officer. From 2004 to 2010 Tobias Strahl studied art history and literature at the Technical University of Dresden. Besides his studies he worked as a freelance journalist. This activity led him to Afghanistan for the first time in 2005. During his studies Tobias Strahl completed four further assignments in Kosovo and Afghanistan. In 2008, he switched to the career of a reserve officer. After his return from Afghanistan, he completed his doctoral thesis at TU Dresden on cultural heritage destruction in the post-Yugoslav wars (1991 to 1999 and 2004 Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo: a critical discourse analysis). During this period he researched and lived in Belgrade, Prizren and Prishtina, Sarajevo and Zagreb. From January 2015 to September 2017, a professional stay took him to Nigeria. Since October 2017 he  is living permanently in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Tobias Strahl is a Major in the Reserve and Intercultural Mission Advisor at the Bundeswehr Operations Command.

Ringvorlesung vom 03.05.2022:

TOBIAS STRAHL (SARAJEWO): KULTURELLE NETZE IN (BEWAFFNETEN) KONFLIKTEN

Niloufar Tajeri

Niloufar Tajeri is an architect, researcher and activist based in Berlin. She teaches at the Department of History and Theory of Architecture and City (GTAS) at the Technical University Braunschweig. Her PhD thesis is concerned with structural racism permeating planning processes and architectural practice. Focusing on a planned large-scale project in Berlin-Neukölln she is particularly interested in how societal discourse and normative architectural practice inform and reproduce spatial injustice. As a research fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2015/16) she looked into urban uprisings and memory conflicts in relation to neoliberal urban development. Her exhibition “Thinking a Monument to (Sub)Urban Riots” was first shown at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and travelled to Ljubljana and Goricia. She co-edited the volumes “Nights of the Dispossessed: Riots Unbound” (New York, 2021), “Small Interventions. New Ways of Living in Post-War Modernism” (Basel, 2016) and “Kabul: Secure City, Public City” (Volume Magazine, 2008). 

Juliane Tomann

Juliane Tomann ist Junior-Professorin für Public History und wissenschaftliche Leiterin des Zentrums Erinnerungskultur an der Universität Regensburg. Zuvor war sie wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Imre Kertész Kolleg an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, wo sie seit 2017 den Arbeitsbereich „History in the Public Sphere“ leitete. Sie forscht zu performativen Praktiken in der Geschichtskultur in Polen, Deutschland und den USA (doing history), zu Gender in der Public History sowie zu postindustriellen Räumen und Landschaften. Zuletzt erschienen Historisches Reenactment. Disziplinäre Perspektiven auf ein dynamisches Forschungsfeld, DeGruyter, 2021 (zusammen mit Sabine Stach) und Transcending the Nostalgic. Landscapes of Postindustrial Europe beyond Representation, Berghahn books, 2021 (co-edited with George S. Jaramillo).

Ringvorlesung vom 05.07.2022:

PERFORMATIVE SPIELRÄUME? HISTORISCHES REENACTMENT ALS FORM DES DOING HISTORY

Klára Ullmannová

Klára Ullmannová studied art history at the Charles University in Prague and conservation at Uppsala University. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Czech Technical University. In her dissertation, she focuses on architecture of the second half of the 20th century in Czechia as heritage and on the context and discourses of this heritage process, both institutional and public. Her research interests include conservation of built cultural heritage and perspectives in heritage studies.