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

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”.


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:


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.

Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay

Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay completed his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in 2016. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Vienna. Ertuğ’s primary areas of research are feminist and queer performance and literature, theories of media and performance, memory studies, and material culture, with a focus on Turkey. His essays have appeared in Radical History Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and the Journal of Women’s History as well as a number of anthologies. Ertuğ has recently co-edited a special issue on Turkey and its diasporas for Comparative Drama. He is currently co-editing a special issue on archives for The Journal of Popular Culture and completing a book on fashion and the performance of citizenship in Turkey. Ertuğ is also a playwright and translator.

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:

GIiorgia Aquilar

Giorgia Aquilar is research fellow in the Department of Architecture and Arts at the Università Iuav di Venezia and postdoc in the Chair for Heritage Conservation and Architectural History at the Bauhaus-
Universität Weimar. Prior to that, she was Humboldt Postdoctoral Researcher at the Technische Universität München and Honorary Research Fellow of the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College
London. She received research grants and awards, including from the Stuckeman School of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University and the Harvard research center Dumbarton Oaks.

Ulrike E. Auga

Prof. habil. theol. Dr. phil. Ulrike E. Auga is Professor of Religious Studies, Intercultural Theology and Ecumenism at Hamburg University, Fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton and Associated Researcher at the IRTG “Transformative Religion. Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Knowledge Production” at Humboldt University of Berlin. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and a Habilitation in Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology. She was Bonhoeffer Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary New York, Columbia University; Kaethe Leichter Visiting Professor in Vienna; United Nations Guest Professor in Reykjavík; Mary Douglas Visiting Professor in Lausanne; Visiting Professor in Salzburg and at the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE) at Canterbury University. For her achievements, she received the Kaethe Leichter Award at the University of Vienna in 2017 and the Mary Douglas Award at the University of Lausanne in 2020. She is president of the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG) and co-editor of the “Routledge Critical Studies in Religion, Gender and Sexuality” series, the series “African Connections in Postcolonial Theory and Literatures” as well as of the peer reviewed Journal “Religion & Gender”. Her work has been shaped by the participation in the Peaceful Revolution 1989 in East-Germany; her life in Johannesburg, Bamako and Jerusalem, and her research on Mongolia, South Korea and Japan. Ulrike E. Auga’s specialisations include postcolonial, postsecular, gender/queer, posthuman epistemology and religions; gender and religion in transition processes; visuality and the space age. Her current main interest lies in the study of culture, religion, postmigration, super-diversity in transition processes in the 20/21 century (Europe, Africa, Middle East, East Asia).

Selected Publications

Auga, Ulrike E., An Epistemology of Religion and Gender: Biopolitics – Performativity – Agency, London / New York: Routledge 2020 [paperback 2021].

Auga, Ulrike E., “Religion und Geschlecht als diskursive, intersektionale, performative Kategorien der Wissensproduktion. Zum epistemischen Bruch von Religionskonzepten unter postsäkularen Bedingungen”, in: Paragrana 31(2022) 1, 1-15.

Auga, Ulrike E., “Wissenschaftliche Konstruktionen des Hinduismus, des Buddhismus und der Weltreligionen. Ein Beitrag zur Dekolonisierung und Desidentifizierung der Religionswissenschaft”, in: Jäger,  Sarah;  Pausch,  Eberhard (eds.), Kampf  der  Kulturen. Kultur,  Religion  und Identität, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2022, 141-158.

Auga, Ulrike E., “Postcolonial Studies, Religion und Postsäkularität. (Miss-)Verständnisse von Identitätspolitik und ihre Folgen”, in: Heimbach-Steins, Marianne (ed.), Jahrbuch für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften, Vol. 61, Postkoloniale Theorien und Sozialethik, Münster: Aschendorff Verlag 2020, 85-114.


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:


Leon Biela

Leon Biela recently completed his master’s degree in modern history with a thesis on the formation of an imperialist civic identity in the city of Wilhelmshaven, Germany, around 1900. He previously studied history and political science at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and the University of Virginia. His other research interests focus on the intertwined histories of imperialism and internationalism in the early twentieth century. Among other topics, he has published on the links between international arms trade control and British imperialism in the Persian Gulf during the interwar period.

Ana M. Rodriguez Bisbicus

Ana M. Rodriguez Bisbicusis an architect, researcher and performer based between Berlin and Bogotá. They studied architecture at Berlin University of the Arts and The Glasgow School of Art. Their work delves into themes of diasporic and queerfeminist spaces, examining how colonialism intertwines with architecture. They utilise various mediums including drawing, mapping, video, and performance, often emphasising their role as a facilitator, conducting workshops to share their embodied mapping and theoretical practice. Furthermore, since 2019 they have been a member of the fem_arc collective of six architects approaching architecture from a feminist perspective.

Regina Bittner

Regina Bittner (Dr.phil.) studierte Kulturwissenschaften an der Universität Leipzig und promovierte am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Sie ist Leiterin der Akademie der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau und zuständig für die Konzeption und Lehre der postgradualen Programme für Design-, Bauhaus- und Architekturforschung. Zudem kuratierte sie zahlreiche Ausstellungen zum Bauhaus und zur Kulturgeschichte der Moderne. Seit 2019 ist sie Honorarprofessorin am Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologien Europas an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. 

Ringvorlesung vom 13.12.2022:


Nushin Atmaca, Susanne Boersma

Nushin Atmaca and Susanne Boersma are curators at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, where they, amongst other things, conceptualise a new permanent exhibition. Nushin Atmaca studied Islamic Studies in Berlin and Cultures of the Curatorial in Leipzig. In her work, she particularly considers questions of decolonisation and the diversity and visibility of marginalised people. Susanne Boersma studied Cultural Studies and Theatre Studies in Amsterdam and Museum Studies in Leicester. Early 2023, she published her PhD thesis on the outcomes and consequences of participatory museum projects with forced migrants.

Adrian Daub

Adrian Daub is a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University where he also directs the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies. His academic and publishing work focuses on feminism, gender and sexuality, the history of German literature and culture since the Romantic period, and the cultural history of modernity in Germany since 1945. He is an active cultural critic and political commentator for several journals in the German-speaking world. Among his most recent publications is the book “Cancel Culture Transfer. Wie eine moralische Panik die Welt erfasst” (2022).

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:


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”.

David Ehrenpreis

David Ehrenpreis is Professor of Art History at James Madison University and founding Director of the Institute for Visual Studies, a center that focuses on arts-integrative work and collaboration across the disciplines. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University and has published in the Zeitschrift for Kunstgeschichte, the Woman’s Art Journal, the Art Book, and German Studies Review. Ehrenpreis is the author of the book and exhibitionPicturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City since 1828 and numerous curated exhibitions including a survey of the work of the contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing. His current book project is »Remembering the Nation: Art, the State, and Commemorative Practice.« He teaches courses on nineteenthcentury art, monuments, and art and nationalism and taught in FUBiS, the international summer program of Berlin’s Freie Universität, for several years.

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:


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:

Peter Geimer

Peter Geimer (Prof. Dr.) studierte Kunstgeschichte, Neuere deutsche Literatur und Philosophie in Bonn, Köln, Marburg und Paris. Er promovierte zu Strategien der Nachträglichkeit in der Kunst des 18. Jahrhundert und forschte am Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin, der Universität Konstanz, der ETH Zürich, der Universität Basel (Forschungsschwerpunkt „Bildkritik“) und an der Universität Bielefeld (Professur für Historische Bildwissenschaft und Kunstgeschichte). Seit 2010 ist er Professor für Neuere und Neueste Kunstgeschichte an der Freien Universität Berlin, wo er das DFG Graduiertenkolleg „BildEvidenz. Geschichte und Ästhetik“ leitete. Am 1. Oktober 2022 übernimmt Peter Geimer die Leitung des Deutschen Forums für Kunstgeschichte in Paris.

Ringvorlesung vom 29.11.2022:


Axel Gelfert

Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert. Studium der Physik an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und der University of Oxford sowie der Wissenschaftsphilosophie an der University of Cambridge. Promotion am Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (2006). Fellowships an der National University of Singapore, dem Collegium Budapest und der University of Edinburgh. Professor für Theoretische Philosophie an der Technischen Universität Berlin.

Ringvorlesung vom 10.01.2023:


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 ( and After the Film (
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:


Nina Gribling

Nina Gribling recently completed a master’s degree in European Urban Studies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She has an interdisciplinary background in heritage studies and anthropology (from Utrecht University). Growing up in Amsterdam’s red-light district, she developed an interest in feminist urban concepts and the relationship between sexuality and space. As part of her master’s thesis, Nina conducted fieldwork in her home neighbourhood. In her current studies in anthropology at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, she will continue her exploration of ethnographies of urban heritage in different local contexts.

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:


Hans Peter Hahn

Hans Peter Hahn teaches as a professor for ethnology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and specialises in material culture, museums, consumption, migration and mobility, as well as globalisation. Focusing on West Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo), his current research relates to the concept of “value-in-things” and logics of collecting. Since October 2022 he is a guest researcher at the University of Ghana in Accra (Legon) and works with his Ghanaian partner on the topic “What is Restitution?”. He has published several relevant anthologies and numerous essays on the subject of “things”, analysing from various perspectives how the material determines or enables cultural action.

Gilad Baram, Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari

Gilad Baram is an Israeli-born documentary filmmaker and visual artist based in Berlin. His work spans a variety of media including photography, film, video, installation and web art, and has been screened in numerous international film festivals and exhibited in many museums and art institutions worldwide. His award-winning directorial debut, the documentary “Koudelka Shooting Holy Land” (2015, revised 2019), was screened in major film and photography festivals as well as at cultural institutions and events in over 60 countries. His second film “The Disappeared” (2018, with Adam Kaplan) premiered at the Berlin Berlinale and was nominated for awards at festivals including CPH:DOXBAFICI and Docaviv. Baram is currently working on two new films: “Making Good Again” (with Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari) and “The People’s House”. Both examine the connection between collective memory and memorialisation, nationalism, and architectural spaces.

Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari is a composer and artist, working across a broad spectrum of practices to embody and re-ritualise ways of sounding as an alternative mode of being. Exploring a broad range of artistic strategies that span from instrumental, electro-acoustic, scored or improvised music to video and somatic work, his work has been presented in concert halls, galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide and has been supported by the America-Israel cultural fund, DAAD, the Eric and Edith Siday Charitable Foundation and the Einstein Foundation Berlin. Working primarily through long-term, interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange, he often collaborates with artists, scholars and filmmakers in an attempt to navigate the physical, political and spiritual turbulences of our world.

Heike Hanada

Heike Hanada studierte Architektur an der HdK Berlin und an der TODAI, Universität Tokyo. Sie gründete ihr Atelier 1994 in Tokyo (Hanada+) und 2007 in Weimar (heike hanada_laboratory of art and architecture). Heute arbeitet sie als Künstlerin und Architektin in Berlin. Ihre Arbeit wurde 2007 mit dem 1. Preis für den offenen Wettbewerb der Erweiterung der Asplund Bibliothek in Stockholm international bekannt. 2019 eröffnete sie das neue Bauhaus Museum in Weimar. Seit 2009 war Heike Hanada Professorin für Gestaltung an der FH Potsdam. 2018 erhielt sie den Ruf an die TU Dortmund für den Lehrstuhl Gebäudetypologien.

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) – Weitere

Ringvorlesung vom 31.05.2022:


Moritz Hermann

Moritz Hermann studied History, German studies and Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and is currently a PhD student at the Historical Seminar of the same university. For his PhD he researches the history and memory of the Quilombo of Palmares, a slave-resistance in colonial Brazil that turned into an important political symbol in the 20th century. In general, his scientific interest lies at the intersection of social and cultural history, investigating questions of class, gender and race in the contexts of literature, the social imaginary and memory. Because he passed a large part of his childhood in Brazil, Moritz Herrmann also holds a special affinity for the history of this Latin American country

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:


Regine Hess

Regine Hess is a senior researcher at the Chair of Construction Heritage and Preservation at ETH Zurich. Her research focuses on architectural history and theory from the 18th to the 21st centuries and on exhibitions and mediation, as well as heritage studies. Together with Silke Langenberg and her colleagues at the Chair of Construction Heritage and Preservation, she is responsible for the project “A Future for whose Past? The Heritage of Minorities, Fringe Groups and People without a Lobby for the 50th anniversary of the 1975 European Architectural Heritage Year”. She is a habilitation candidate at the Technical University of Munich, working on research on the history of building exhibitions.

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.

Kristina Jõekalda

Kristina Jõekalda Kristina Jõekalda is Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn. She has studied art history there and general history at the University of Helsinki. In 2018 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (financed by Böckler-Mare-Balticum-Stiftung); in 2022 a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. Her dissertation was entitled „German Monuments in the Baltic Heimat? A Historiography of Heritage in the ,Long Nineteenth Century‘“ (Tallinn 2020). Her research and teaching is concerned with the history of art and architecture, historiography and heritage preservation in the Baltic region, in the context of nationalism and colonialism. She has co-edited the volume „A Socialist Realist History? Writing Art History in the Post-War Decades“ (Vienna/Cologne/Weimar 2019), and the special issues „European Peripheries of Architectural Historiography“ (The Journal of Architecture 2020) and „Debating German Heritage: Art History and Nationalism during the Long Nineteenth Century“ (Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi / Studies on Art and Architecture 2014).

Lecture 06.12.2022:


Marc Kellner

Marc Kellner ist derzeit wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Deutschen Historischen Museums (DHM) und Beauftragter für das Provenienzforschungsprojekt zur Sammlung Alexander Dolezaleks (Juni 2017 bis Juni 2019). Zuvor war er wissenschaftlicher Volontär in der Abteilung Sammlungen des DHM (2015– 2017) und verantwortete als CoKurator in der Dauerausstellung des DHM die Sonderpräsentation »Fokus Königgrätz«. Sein Studium hat er 2015 als Master of Arts im Fach »Military Studies – Militärgeschichte/-soziologie« an der Universität Potsdam abgeschlossen.

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.

Alexandra Klei

Alexandra Klei is an architectural historian and associated with the Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg. She is currently working on a publication on “Jewish building practice” after 1945 in the FRG and the GDR. Other research interests include post-Holocaust landscapes, the relationship between architecture and memory and the (re)construction of the White City of Tel Aviv. She is a member of the specialist editorial team for the theory and history of anti-Semitism/the Shoah at Medaon – Magazine for Jewish Life in Research and Education and the research collective Space and Holocaust Research. She is also a curator and editor for werkraum bild und sinn e.V., an independent exhibition project for photography and video art in Berlin.

Lecture 17.01.2023:


Damjan Kokalevski

Damjan Kokalevski ist Postdoktorand am Architekturmuseum der TUM in München und leitet dort das Digitale Archiv. Seine Dissertation „Performing the Archive: Skopje. From the Ruins of the City of the Future“, die 2018 an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich abgeschlossen wurde, untersucht die Vernachlässigung des architektonischen Wissens, das beim Wiederaufbau von Skopje nach dem Erdbeben von 1963 gewonnen wurde, und konzentriert sich auf die Beteiligung der Vereinten Nationen an diesem Prozess. Er beteiligte sich an der Ausstellung „Metabolism: The City of the Future“ im Mori Art Museum, Tokio (2012), kuratierte die Ausstellung „Performative Archive: Skopje, Discussing Urban Reconstruction“ mit gta Exhibitions Zürich (2014), und ko-kuratierte „Living With Water: Southern Fringe of Ljubljana“ im Museum für Architektur und Design, MAO Ljubljana (2018), und „Unfolding Cities. The Photobook as Archive“ in der AFF Galerie Berlin (2021). Er ist Autor des Buches „Skopje Walkie Talkie“ zusammen mit Susanne Hefti, das 2019 bei Spector Books erscheint, und redaktioneller Mitarbeiter bei „The Industrious City. Urban Industry in the Digital Age“, zusammen mit Hosoya Schaefer Architects Zürich, erschienen bei Lars Müller Publishers 2021, und Mitherausgeberin des „Future Architecture Book“, erschienen bei MAO Ljubljana 2021. Seine Arbeit als Architekt, Kurator, Schriftsteller und Aktivist führte ihn zur Mitbegründung von City Creative Network, einer Bürgerinitiative und einem urbanen Forschungszentrum in Skopje. Im Jahr 2015 realisierte er zusammen mit einer Gruppe von Studenten das Projekt „Nautilus Construct: Building an Open Stage for Skopje“ als Reaktion auf die jüngste nationalistische Umgestaltung des Stadtzentrums. Als Mitwirkender an zahlreichen architektonischen Projekten hat er zuletzt das „Komitet“, ein LGBTQI+-Gemeinschaftszentrum in Skopje, mitgestaltet und das städtebauliche Konzept für das „Prespa Forum for Political Dialogue“ am Ufer des Prespa-Sees nahe der nordmazedonisch-griechischen Grenze entworfen.  Sein aktueller Interessenschwerpunkt liegt auf dem Gebiet der kritischen Rekontextualisierung architektonischer und technologischer Geschichten. Er untersucht ihre digitale Zukunft und entwirft intersektionale Rahmungen für das Sichtbarmachen von Dingen.

Ringvorlesung vom 28.06.2022:


Schirin Kretschmann

Schirin Kretschmann (born 1980 in Karlsruhe) lives and works in Berlin. Her work is situated at the interface between installative painting and processual work forms that connect the action of painting to scientific cognitive and research processes, understanding the process itself as aesthetic research. Her most recent exhibitions have been at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Bregenzer Kunstverein, the CAPC Coimbra and the Kunstverein Salzburg. In 2017, her works were shown as part of “PRODUKTION. Made in Germany three”. 

In interdisciplinary research projects such as “Präparat Bergsturz” in Bern or “six memos for the next …” in Bregenz, she has worked with participants from other fields of science and art on transdisciplinary visual and cognitive methods. Her artistic-scientific PhD thesis at Bauhaus University Weimar explores the theory and mediation of painting concepts (mentors: Prof. Dr Michael Lüthy, Prof. Barbara Nemitz).

Philipp Krüpe

Philipp Krüpe is an associate researcher at the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (IGmA) at the University of Stuttgart. With a keen interest in architectural and media theory subjects, he has made contributions to outlets such as ARCH+BaumeisterGoethe-Institut, and various cultural institutions across Germany. He collaborates with Stephan Trüby on the research project “Rechte Räume“ (“Right-wing Spaces”). He is currently researching the political history of media and affect in modern architectural theory.

Kirsten Angermann, Franka Fetzer, Ulrike Kuch

Kirsten Angermann is a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Conservation and History of Architecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and also works as a freelance architectural conservator in Berlin. Previously, she worked as a trainee at the Berlin Monument Authority and as a lecturer at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. In 2022, she defended her dissertation on postmodern architecture in the former GDR. 

Franka Fetzer is studying urbanism in the master’s programme at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar following a degree in architecture. She is a research fellow on the project “What remains? Squatted houses as (im)material heritage and case studies for processual design”. Additionally, Franka is involved in civic-political alliances.

Ulrike Kuch is a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Theory and History of Modern Architecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In her research, she focuses on the relationship between architecture and image as well as peripheral architectures and architecture from a global historical perspective.

Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik

Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik holds Ph.Ds from the Faculty of Political Science at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (2015) in Lublin, Poland and from the Faculty of Sociology and History at the University of Rzeszów (2013), Poland. She is a Political Scientist and Archaeologist. She is Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW). She is a laureate of the »Mobility Plus« Program, over the period 2016-2017 she conducted research at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Her recent research focuses on politics and security in East-Central Europe and the post-Soviet space, the Baltic states, Russian diaspora, and Soviet heritage.

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:

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. 

Jae-Young E. Lee

Jae-Young E. Lee is an architect and, since 2022, also a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) in Erkner. Her dissertation “Refiguration of Spaces” at the Technical University of Berlin focuses on the construction of rural “peripheries” and the consequences of digital economies on the materiality and practices of (contested) spatial identities. Prior to this, she worked in Berlin as an architect on circular and low-tech systems and, since 2016, also on community-driven architecture in the borderlands between Thailand and Myanmar as part of the non-profit organisation GyawGyaw

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.

Beate Löffler

Beate Löffler is postdoctoral fellow at the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen. She received an engineering degree in Architecture and majored in Medieval History and the History of Art afterwards. Inspired by onsite experiences in Tokyo, she did a doctoral study on Christian church architecture in Japan. Today, her research integrates epistemological and methodological approaches from engineering, humanities and cultural studies towards a holistic understanding of architecture as a cross-temporal and cross-regional cultural practice and knowledge system. Among her publications are: Exotische Fremde, erträumte Heimat? Japan als Spiegelbild europäischer Heimatkonstruktionen. 1860-1910, in: Krug-Richter, Barbara u.a. (eds): Heimat zwischen Kitsch und Utopie: Kulturwissenschaftliche Annäherungen an ein brisantes Forschungsfeld, 2018 (in print); Petrified worldviews. Eurocentric legacy in architectural knowledge bases on Japan, in: InterDisciplines 8, No 2 (2017), pp. 69-95.; Fremd und Eigen. Christlicher Sakralbau in Japan seit 1853, Berlin: Frank und Timme 2011.

Stefanie Lotter

Stefanie Lotter is a social anthropologist and museum curator. Based both at the anthropology department and the South Asia Institute, she teaches museum, heritage and material culture studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is currently researching heritage activism in the reconstruction process in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of 2015 at several heritage sites. This research as well as her work on commemorative heritage tattoos and disaster memorialisation is part of the international, AHRC/GCRF funded project »After the Earthquake’s Violent Sway: The tangible and intangible legacies of an earthquake«. Further information about SWAY can be found here:

Bahar Majdzadeh

Bahar Majdzadeh was born in 1982. She received in 2008 her B.A in photography at AZAD University of Tehran and her Master in Art and Digital Media in 2010 from Université Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne where she is currently a PhD student in Plastic Art. She was a visiting research scholar in CUNY Graduate Center in New York in the Art History department in 2012-2013 academic year. Her research subject is the representation of the collective memory related to 1980’s political repression in Iran. She is also a sculptor and a photographer.

Erica de Abreu Malchow

Erica de Abreu Malchow defended her PhD in museology at Lusófona University, Portugal, in 2023. She has worked as a Junior Curator with an international fellowship at the Historical Museum Frankfurt (2016-2017) and as a heritage consultant in partnership with institutions such as UNESCO. She holds a Masters of Cultural and Social History by research from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (2014), a professional Master of Movie Production from the Faculty of Arts of Parana, Brazil (2012), and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil (2010). Her research is situated in the humanities and social sciences and is focused on sociomuseology and cultural history.

Henning Michelsen

Henning Michelsen ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur Entwerfen und Wohnungsbau, Prof. Verena von Beckerath an der BauhausUniversität Weimar. Er studierte an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und arbeitete während des Studiums bei Herzog & de Meuron im Projektbüro in Hamburg. Er war Mitarbeiter bei Schulz & Schulz Architekten in Leipzig. Henning Michelsen promoviert bei Prof. Dr. phil. Ines Weizman, Juniorprofessur Architekturtheorie, BauhausUniversität Weimar zur Rezeption internationaler Architekturströmungen an den Hochschulen der DDR.

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:


Galit Noga-Banai

Galit Noga-Banai, from the Art History Department at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the author of “The Trophies of the Martyrs: An Art Historical Study of Early Christian Silver Reliquaries”, published in 2008, and “Sacred Stimulus: Jerusalem in the Visual Christianization of Rome”, published in 2018. Her extensive research portfolio encompasses a diverse range of studies focused on early Christian and medieval art and architecture within the Holy Land, Italy, and Western Europe. Notably, her recent work delved into the exploration of medieval rhetoric within modern German commemorative art, culminating in the publication of “A Medievalist’s Gaze: Christian Visual Rhetoric in German Memorials (1950-2000)”, published in 2022. 

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.

Dhara Patel

Dhara Patel is an architect and postdoc researcher with her own position, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute of Sociology (Chair of Urban Sociology and Sociology of Space) at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. With over 12 years of research and teaching experience in Germany and Australia, spanning the fields of architecture, sociology, and design, Dr Patel’s research and teaching interests revolve around urban studies, housing, socio-spatial studies, architecture and culture, dwelling practices, postcolonial studies, globalisation, migration, Indian diaspora, and social justice. Dr Patel holds a PhD in Architecture Building and Planning, awarded in December 2018 from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design, Australia. 

Jenny Price

Dr. Jenny Price ist wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin des Internationalen Heritage-Zentrums der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Sie studierte an der University of Manchester moderne Fremdsprachen und beschäftigte sich mit ostdeutschen und türkisch-deutschen Identitätskonstruktionen in der neueren Literatur. Ihren Master in Globalgeschichte absolvierte sie 2016 an der University of Warwick mit einem Stipendium des Economic and Social Research Councils. Anschließend war sie Gastdoktorandin an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena und wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Graduiertenkolleg Die DDR und die europäischen Diktaturen nach 1945. 2020 erhielt sie das Abschlussstipendium der Stiftung Ettersberg und wurde mit einer Dissertation zum Strukturwandel in Ostdeutschland von 1989-1991 an der University of Warwick promoviert. Es folgten Stellen als wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin am Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhundert und als Dozentin für deutsche Kulturwissenschaften an der University of Manchester. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte umfassen Global- und Alltagsgeschichte, Oral History, Literaturwissenschaft, Transformationsprozesse und Erinnerungskultur im vereinigten Deutschland.

Ringvorlesung vom 07.02.2023:


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:


Gabriela Iracema Randig

Gabriela Randig holds a Bachelor of Theatre Studies, General and Comparative Literature Studies, and Latin American Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. She obtained a master’s degree in sociocultural studies from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) with a special focus on urban studies, postcolonialism, the culture of remembrance, and aesthetic practices. During her studies, she joined various cultural and educational organisations in Berlin and Latin America as a volunteer, intern, or assistant. She is passionate about world heritage, education for sustainable development, and youth participation, and pursues these interests within her voluntary work for UNESCO. Besides her activities as a trainer in World Heritage Education, she is a founding member of the youth committee of the German Commission for UNESCO Junges Forum and a member of the German Nomination Committee for the UNESCO programme Memory of the World. Most recently, she worked as a project manager for a do & think thank for impact-oriented networks and as an editor for a Berlin-based start-up.

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 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.

Ursula Renz

Ursula Renz, derzeit Professorin am Institut für Philosophie der Universität Klagenfurt und demnächst der Universität Graz, studierte an der Universität Zürich, wo sie 2000 promoviert und 2007 habilitiert wurde. 2008 wurde sie auf eine assoziierte Professur nach Dänemark berufen. Zahlreiche Forschungsstipendien und Gastprofessuren in den USA, Frankreich, Deutschland und Grossbritannien sowie weitere Preise. 2011 wurde ihr Buch „Die Erklärbarkeit von Erfahrung. Realismus und Subjektivität in Spinozas Theorie des menschlichen Geistes“ mit dem Journal of the History of Philosophy-Book-Prize ausgezeichnet, und 2019 wurde ihr Buch „Was denn bitte ist kulturelle Identität“ (2019) auf die Short-List für den Tractatus-Preis gesetzt. 

Wichtige Buchpublikationen: Handbuch klassische Emotionstheorien. Hg. von Hilge Landweer und Ursula Renz. Berlin 2008, 2. Aufl. 2012; Die Erklärbarkeit von Erfahrung. Realismus und Subjektivität in Spinozas Theorie des menschlichen Geistes. Frankfurt 2010; Self-Knowledge. A History. Ed. Ursula Renz. Oxford/New York 2017; The Explainability of Experience. Realism and Subjectivity in Spinoza’s Theory of the Human Mind, Oxford/New York 2019; Was denn bitte ist kulturelle Identität? Basel 2019.

Christian Rossipal

Christian Rossipal is a PhD student in Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU). He is also part of the Culture and Media Certificate Program at NYU’s Anthropology Department. This paper proposal is based on original, participatory fieldwork and an ongoing collaboration with Jelena Jovicic (Department of Sociology, Stockholm University). On the topic of heritage, loss, and archives, Christian is currently finishing a chapter for the Routledge anthology »Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage.«

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:


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)

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”

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

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

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

John Schofield

Professor John Schofield is Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management in the Archaeology Department at the University of York (UK). He also holds adjunct positions at Griffith and Flinders universities (Australia), and is Docent in Contemporary Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at the University of Turku (Finland). John is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He has previously served as Executive Editor of the Taylor and Francis journal World Archaeology.
Following a PhD in prehistoric archaeology at Southampton University, John spent 21 years in policy, heritage protection and research leadership with one of the UK’s lead heritage agencies, English Heritage (now Historic England). During this time he developed an active research interest in contemporary archaeology as well as recognising the need for cultural heritage to be socially engaged. John was then appointed to the University of York in 2010, going on to serve as Head of Archaeology from 2012-2018. John has published extensively on a diversity of topics relating to cultural heritage and contemporary archaeology. Much of this will culminate in his forthcoming book about Wicked Problems.

Ringvorlesung vom 24.01.2023:


Sonya Schönberger

Sonya Schönberger is a Berlinbased German artist whose practice is strongly influenced by historical themes in connection with biographical memories marked by breaks. Many of her works have developed out of different archives that she has created or found over the last years. Alongside these, Schönberger also works with the changing public space in Berlin due to political or social changes. She works with formats like photography, theater, installations, publications etc.. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including the USA, Iran, Pakistan, Israel and Canada. Sonya Schönberger is represented by Katharina Maria Raab Gallery.

Annika Sellmann

Mit einer Arbeit über die Fotografien Wilhelm Weimars für die Hamburger Denkmalerfassung und die Inventarisation am Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe beendet Annika Sellmann 2015 ihr Magisterstudium der Kunstgeschichte, Soziologie und Kunstvermittlung an der Frankfurter Goethe-Universität. Es folgt das Aufbaustudium Denkmalpflege / Heritage Conservation an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg mit dem Schwerpunkt Denkmalwissenschaften und als Abschlussprojekt eine Bestandserfassung von Kleingartenlauben der Architektin Margarete Schütte Lihotzky in Frankfurt. Nach vielfältiger Praxis im Museumsbetrieb absolviert sie seit Oktober 2017 ein Volontariat am Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, zurzeit in Vorbereitung der Ausstellung  Moderne am Main 1919-1933‹ anlässlich des Bauhaus-Jubiläums.

Boris Sieverts

Boris Sieverts is a travel guide. He studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and went on to work as a shepherd and in several architectural offices in Cologne and Bonn. Since 1997 he has been guiding locals and tourists through the grey areas of our conurbations with his Büro für Städtereisen. In doing so, he uses sophisticated spatial sequences to create scenic connections for environments that are otherwise considered extremely disparate. In addition to the touristic character of the trips, the office uses his findings to develop visions and further interpretations of the explored environments and feeds these into spatial planning and the cultural sector. 

Boris Sieverts also deals with numerous urban development topics and is present as an artist in public spaces. He is particularly interested in activating and involving city dwellers in dealing with the issues that affect them. He holds teaching assignments in Nantes, Leipzig, Kassel, Portland, Maastricht, Hamburg, Cologne, among others and has shown his work in individual as well as collective exhibitions in Germany, France, Sweden and the USA. Boris Sieverts lives in Cologne and is a founding member of the Metropolitan Trails Academy, an association of European urban walkers, which has set itself the task of promoting and establishing systematic walking in the city as a cross-sectional discipline for subjects as diverse as urban and landscape planning, sociology, participatory culture and territorial administration.

Lecture 25.10.2022:


Sweta Singh

Sweta Singh has submitted her Doctoral thesis at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in July 2018. Her PhD. thesis delves into Jewish diaspora of Cochin and various social, cultural and economic aspects related to the Jewish community. She has interned as a researcher with a Delhi based NGO that works on female infantcide and women empowerment. She specializes in Indian Medieval History. Her research interests include (but are not limited to) Maritime History, study of the Cochin (Malabar) Jewish Diaspora, Indian Ocean trade and community, Jewish History and Subaltern history etc.

Dietrich Soyez

Dietrich Soyez studierte Geographie und Romanistik an den Universitäten Bonn, Saarbrücken, Stockholm und Clermont-Ferrand. Im Jahre 1974 promovierte er in Glazialmorphologie an der Universität Stockholm. 1981 verfasste er seine wirtschafts-/industriegeographische Habilitation an der Universität Saarbrücken. Zu seinen zentralen wissenschaftlichen Interessen zählen umweltbezogene Wirtschaftsgeographie, Politische Geographie sowie Industriekultur/Industrietourismus. Von 1992–2007 hatte er den Lehrstuhl für Geographie am Geographischen Institut der Universität zu Köln inne. Gastprofessuren absolvierte er an der Université Laval (Québec), der Université Paris 10 (Nanterre), der Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) sowie der German University of Technology Oman (Muscat). Von 1993–1995 war er Präsident der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien in deutschsprachigen Ländern/GKS und von 2008–2016 Vizepräsident/Erster Vizepräsident der International Geographical Union/Union Géographique Internationale (IGU/UGI).

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:

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:


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 is junior professor of public history and scientific director of the Center for Commemorative Culture (Zentrum Erinnerungskultur) at Universität Regensburg. Previously, she was a research associate at the Imre Kertész Kolleg at Friedrich Schiller Universität in Jena, where she headed the research area “History in the Public Sphere” since 2017. Her research focusses on performative practices in historical culture in Poland, Germany, and the United States (doing history), gender in public history, and postindustrial spaces and landscapes. Recently she published Historisches Reenactment. Disziplinäre Perspektiven auf ein dynamisches Forschungsfeld, DeGruyter, 2021 (together with Sabine Stach) and Transcending the Nostalgic. Landscapes of Postindustrial Europe beyond Representation, Berghahn books, 2021 (co-edited with George S. Jaramillo).

Ringvorlesung vom 05.07.2022:

Halil Emre Ucar

Halil Emre Ucar is an associated researcher at the graduate school “Regional Regulation of Religious Plurality in Comparison” (RePliV). Since 2021, he has been conducting doctoral research at the research training group “Jewish and Muslim Lifeworlds from a Social Science Perspective” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Karim Fereidooni and Prof. Dr. Aladin El-Mafaalani at the Ruhr University Bochum, and holds a doctoral scholarship from the Avicenna Studienwerk (BMBF). After his B.A. and M.Ed. in social sciences and German studies at Bielefeld University, he completed his practical training and second state examination for the teaching profession at high schools and integrated schools at the ZfsL Bielefeld.

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.

Carolin Vogel

Studium der Literatur und Sprachwissenschaften (Kommunikationswissenschaft) und Kunstgeschichte an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, der Universität Essen und der Université Libre de Bruxelles, Magisterabschluss 1998. Trainee Cultural Policy and Action Division, Europarat Straßburg. Berufliche Tätigkeit für Kulturstiftungen: 1999-2002 Kunststiftung NRW Düsseldorf, seit 2003 HERMANN REEMTSMA STIFTUNG Hamburg, dort Projektleiterin mit Schwerpunkt Baudenkmalpflege und Museen. Seit 2013 stellv. Vorsitzende der Dehmelhaus Stiftung, Restaurierung und Betrieb des Künstlerhauses. Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung zu Richard und Ida Dehmel, zu Künstlerund Dichterhäusern und zum kulturellen Gedächtnis. 2018 externe Promotion an der Europa-Universität Viadrina bei Prof. Dr. Paul Zalewski (Professur für Denkmalkunde) mit der Arbeit »Künstlerhaus zwischen Erinnern und Vergessen: Das Dehmelhaus in Blankenese«.

Gunter Weidenhaus

Gunter Weidenhaus, Dr. phil., born 1972, initially studied philosophy and German philology, then social pedagogy and finally sociology with a minor in computer science and political economics at TU Darmstadt. In 2013, he obtained a doctorate in Darmstadt with the topic “Soziale Raumzeit” (summa cum laude; doctoral prize from the Urban and Regional Sociology Section; published by Suhrkamp). Most recently, he worked as a visiting professor for “Spatial Sociology” at TU Berlin as part of his habilitation “The Spaces of the World” on globalisation, its theorisation in the social sciences and global processes of spatial change.

Contribution to the lecture series from 22 November 2022:


Solmaz Yadollahi

Solmaz Yadollahi is a conservation architect and holds a PhD in Heritage Studies from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, where she is a research fellow at the Chair of Urban Management and serves as the Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded research project “Assembling Iran’s Urban Heritage Conservation Policy and Practice: Problematized in Tehran”. A monograph resulting from this project is scheduled to be published by Transcript Verlag in late 2023, as “Assembling Urban Heritage in a Pick-Axe Society – Reflections on Urban Heritage Planning in Iran and Tehran”. 

Shuxi Yin

After earning his double BA degree in sociology and political science from Peking University in China, Shuxi Yin has obtained his MA degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in the USA and his PHD in history from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Now he teaches history at Hefei University of Technology in China.