Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories

Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
CAHIM – Connecting Art Histories in the Museum
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                                                           CAHIM
                                                                    Connecting

                                                       &            Art Histories
                                                                    in the Museum




       Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
       Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken
                                                    Programs and
                   Forum Transregionale Studien
                                                    Fellows 2015–2016
                                Wallotstrasse 14
                                    14193 Berlin
                     arthistories@trafo-berlin.de


                            www.arthistories.de
            www.forum-transregionale-studien.de
Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
Das Forschungs- und Fellowshipprogramm Art               The research and fellowship program Art
Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunst­                Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunst­
geschichte und ästhetische Praktiken am Forum            geschichte und ästhetische Praktiken at the
Transregionale Studien diskutiert die Perspektiven       Forum Trans­regionale Studien discusses the
und Konturen einer pluralen Geschichte der Kunst.        potential and contours of a plural history of art.
Es untersucht die Konnektivität historischer Räume,      It analyzes the connectivity of larger historical
sowie Kontaktzonen und verfolgt komparative Frage-       spaces as well as contact zones and investigates
stellungen in transkultureller bis postglobaler          artistic phenomena in a com­parative, transcultural
Perspektive. Dies ermöglicht zugleich das Arbeiten       approach, experimenting with new metho­
in neuen Formaten und Experimentieren mit neuen          dologies and forms of collaborative research.
Formen von Kooperation.                                       With up to ten annual postdoctoral fellow-
      Durch die Einrichtung von bis zu zehn Jahressti-   ships Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices aims
pendien schafft das Programm einen Dialog­raum für       to create a space of dialog for scholars from all
Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus allen       continents and neighboring disciplines.
Kontinenten sowie benachbarter Disziplinen.
Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
Das Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin ist eine   The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien
Forschungsorganisation zur inhaltlichen Internatio-   is a research organization that promotes the
nalisierung der Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften.    internationalization of research in the Humani-
      Das Forum eröffnet Freiräume für die Zusam-     ties and Social Sciences.
menarbeit von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissen-              The Forum provides scope for collaboration
schaftlern mit unterschiedlichen regionalen und       among researchers with different regional and
disziplinären Perspektiven und bietet die Möglich-    disciplinary perspectives and appoints resear-
keit, Forschungsideen und -vorhaben zu erproben       chers from all over the world as Fellows.
und zu entwickeln. Es beruft Wissenschaftlerinnen           In cooperation with universities and
und Wissenschaftler aus aller Welt als Fellows.       research institutions in and outside of Berlin, it
      In Kooperation mit Universitäten und For-       carries out research projects and initiatives that
schungseinrichtungen aus Berlin und dem               examine other regions of the world and their
Bundesgebiet führt das Forum transregionale For-      relationship to Germany and Europe systemati-
schungsprogramme und Initiativen durch, die neue      cally and with new questions.
Fragestellungen aus der Perspektive unterschiedli-          The Forum is sponsored by the Senate
cher Weltregionen vergleichend und in ihrer gegen-    Department for Economy, Technology and
seitigen Verknüpfung bearbeiten.                      Research. In the area of internationalization it
      Das Forum wird von der Berliner Senatsver-      cooperates with the Max Weber Foundation –
waltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung     German Humanities Institutes Abroad. As of
gefördert und kooperiert im Bereich der Internatio-   April 2013, the Federal Ministry of Education
nalisierung mit der Max-Weber-Stiftung – Deutsche     and Research (BMBF) has been supporting this
Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. Seit   cooperation.
April 2013 unterstützt das Bundesministerium für
Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) diese Kooperation
im Rahmen der Projektförderung.
Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
Art Histories hat keine chronologischen oder             Art Histories has no chronological or geo-
                                                                                                                                         geographischen Beschränkungen. Es ist in einem           graphical constraints. Its scholarly environment
                                                                                                                                         wissenschaftlichen Umfeld angesiedelt, das es            is designed to enable and encourage both fellows
                                                                                                                                         den Fellows und der scientific community erlaubt,        and the wider community to experiment and
                                                                                                                                         mit Möglichkeiten zu experimentieren, sich der           refine transregional approaches to the history of
                                                                                                                                         Geschichte visueller Kulturen und ästhetischer Prak-     visual cultures and aesthetic practices.
                                                                                                                                         tiken in transkultureller Perspektive anzunähern.              The program is designed as means of inten-
                                                                                                                                               Das Programm versteht sich als Angebot für         sive collaboration between art historical and
                                                                                                                                         eine intensivierte Zusammenarbeit kunsthistorischer      research institutions dealing with trans­cultural
                                                                                                                                         Institu­tionen und Forschungseinrichtungen, die sich     questions. Among facilities in Berlin Art Histories
                       Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunst­            Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunst­            mit transkulturellen Fragestellungen befassen. Inner-    primarily cooperates with the Berlin State Muse-
                       geschichte und ästhetische Praktiken ist ein             geschichte und ästhetische Praktiken is a                halb Berlins kooperiert Art Histories insbeson­dere      ums, the Freie Universität, the Humboldt-Uni-
                       Forschungs- und Stipendienprogramm für kunsthi-          research and fellowship program which questions          mit den Staatlichen Museen, der Freien Universität,      versität zu Berlin and the ICI Berlin—Institute for
                       storische Forschung in einem trans­kulturellen bzw.      and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries       der Humboldt-Universität sowie dem ICI Berlin,           Cultural Inquiry. At the federal level and together
                       globalen Horizont. Es wendet sich an Forscher­           in a transcultural, global horizon. The program          Kultur­labor. Mit dem Cluster of Excellence “Asia        with Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence
                       innen und Forscher der asiatischen, afrikanischen,       invites scholars from Asian, African, Australian,        and Europe in a Global Context” der Universität          “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” the Art
                       australischen, euro­päischen, islamischen, der nord-,    European, Islamic art histories, and the art             Heidelberg hat das Programm auf Bundesebene eine         Histories program initiated a series of events,
                       süd- und zentralamerikanischen Kunstgeschichte,          histories of the Americas, as well as scholars           Veranstaltungsreihe über das Problem der Sprache         concerning the problem of language and termi-
                       der Archäologie sowie anderer Disziplinen, die sich      from neighboring disciplines such as archaeology         und Sprachfähigkeit einer transregional ausgerichte-     nologies in a transregionally oriented history of
                       mit der Geschichte und Gegenwart der visuellen           and other fields dealing with the history of visual      ten Kunstgeschichte initiiert. Weitere Kooperationen     art. Further cooperation with partners throughout
                       Kulturen befassen.                                       cultures.                                                mit Partnern aus dem Bundesgebiet und Europa,            Germany and Europe were realized, among them
                             Der Begriff der “ästhetischen Praktiken” soll            The concept of “aesthetic practices,” intro-       wie beispielsweise mit dem Deutschen Forum für           the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris
                       dazu einladen, Artefakte mit ihren Biographien sowie     duced by the program, is an invitation to study          Kunstgeschichte, Paris und dem Zentralinstitut für       and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in
                       Transfer- und Transformationsprozesse in transkul-       artifacts with their biographies as well as pro-         Kunstgeschichte in München, wurden realisiert.           Munich.
                       tureller bis postglobaler Perspektive zu untersuchen.    cesses of transfer and transformation in a trans-              In Kooperation mit dem Haus der Kulturen der             The program convened the annual confer-
                       Diese Fragen gelten den Dynamiken des Erzeugens          cultural, postcolonial, and global perspective. This     Welt richtete Art Histories die Jahreskonferenz des      ence of the Forum on “Global Modernities: Conti-
                       und der Wahrnehmung von Dingen, Bildern und              includes the dynamics of the production and per-         Forums zum Thema “Global Modernities:                    guities, Infrastructure and Aesthetic Practices” in
                       Architekturen, inklusive der Geschichte ihrer Aus-       ception of things, images, and architectures from        Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Prac-        cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
                       stellung, Überarbeitung, musealen Aufbewahrung,          the time of their creation to their subsequent           tices” aus und hat u.a. den Annual Workshop der          It also co-organized the annual workshop of the
                       Neuinszenierung oder Zerstörung.                         apprehensions up to the present, also including          Zeitschrift ARTMargins mit organisiert. Das Travel-      journal ARTMargins. The Travelling Seminar to
                             Art Histories bezieht soziologische, gender-       their display, storage, oppression, reworking, or        ling Seminar in den Iran wurde gemeinsam mit dem         Iran was realized together with the 2015 Fellow
                       spezifische, historische, rechts- und religions-         destruction.                                             2015 Fellow Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam vorbereitet           Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam.
                       wissenschaftliche, technische, philologische,                  With the study of “aesthetic practices,” the       und realisiert.                                                Art Histories is funded by the German
                       linguistische, geografische, ökolgische und wissen­      program engages with sociological, gender-spe-                Art Histories wird vom Bundesministerium für        Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a
                       schaftshistorische Fragen in die transregionale Erfor-   cific, historical, legal, religious, technical, philo-   Bildung und Forschung als Projekt am Forum Trans-        project at the Forum Transregionale Studien. It is
                       schung ästhetischer Praktiken mit ein. Dies erlaubt,     logical, linguistic, geographical, ecological, and       regionale Studien gefördert. Es ist assoziiert mit dem   associated to the program “Connecting Art Histo-
                       Artefakte als Akteure oder Partizipanten in sozialen     scientific questions or dimensions. It allows us to      Programm “Connecting Art Histories in the Museum/        ries in the Museum/ CAHIM” (Kunsthistorisches
                       und kulturellen Dynamiken zu verstehen.                  understand artifacts as actors or participants in        CAHIM” (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-     Institut in Florenz — Max-Planck-Institut/Staatli-
                             Art Histories strukturiert sich in vier thema-     specific social and cultural dynamics.                   Planck-Institut/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) und wird    che Museen zu Berlin) and is directed by Hannah
                       tische Felder: 1. Materialität und Technik; 2. Mobi-           Art Histories is structured along four thematic    von Hannah Baader und ­Gerhard Wolf, beide KHI in        Baader and Gerhard Wolf, both KHI in Florenz —
                       lität und Übersetzung; 3. Narrative und Display; 4.      lines: 1. Materiality and Techniques; 2. Mobility,       Florenz — MPI, geleitet.                                 MPI.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Research Program
                       Ort und Raum.                                            Transfer and Translation; 3. Narratives and Display;
                             Das Programm zielt darauf, die Dichotomie          4. Site, Space and Environment.
                       einer formalen versus einer kontextuellen Analyse              It thus aims to overcome the dichotomy of
                       von Artefakten oder Objektkonstellationen zu             formal versus contextual approaches towards
                       überwinden. In diesem Sinn arbeitet es auf eine          artifacts or constellations of objects. It promotes
                       kunsthistorische Ökologie hin und schließt Museum        the concept of an art-historical ecology and             Contact:          arthistories@trafo-berlin.de
                       Studies ein.                                             embraces Museum Studies.                                 Website:          www.arthistories.de
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cademic Program Directors                                                                      Program           ssistants
                      Hannah Baader   is Permanent Senior Research Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Flo-      Katrin Kaptain   studied Art History, Archaeology and Italian Philology at the universities of
                                      renz — Max-Planck-Institut and Academic Program Director of the research                            Trier and Pisa. In 1998, she wrote her thesis on Ulrich Rückriem. Kunst im
                                      and fellowship programs Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices and                                   öffentlichen Raum in Deutschland nach 1945. Besides her studies she worked
                                      “Connecting Art Histories in the Museum/CAHIM.” She holds a doctorate                               at the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt a.M. and later in galleries in
                                      from Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on portraiture and languages of                         Hamburg and Berlin. Since 1996, she gives guided tours at museums and
                                      friendship and held research positions at Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, and                          temporary exhibitions. From 2001 to 2013, she worked at Wissenschaftskol-
                                      at the art historical department of Freie Universität. From 2007 to 2012, she                       leg zu Berlin, and since 2014, at Forum Transregionale Studien.
                                      was Head of the Minerva Research Group “Art and the Cultivation of Nature
                                      1200–1650.” Since 2009, she has developed together with Kavita Singh the           Luise Illigen    studied Art History and Media Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Hum-
                                      Max-Planck Partner Group “The Temple and the Museum,” at JNU, New                                   boldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2012, she completed her Magister degree with
                                      Delhi. She obtained grants by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung as well as by the                           a thesis on clouds as medium in depictions of visions in the Early Modern,
                                      Getty Foundation for “Art, Space and Mobility in Early Ages of Globalization.                       with a focus on Jusepe de Ribera’s vision of Saint Jerome. Between 2012 and
                                      The Mediterranean, Central Asia, and Indian Subcontinent,” together with                            2013, she worked at the collaborative research centre “Aesthetic Experience
                                      Avinoam Shalem and Gerhard Wolf. In 2014 and 2016, she was Fellow at                                and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” and the research center “BildEvidenz”
                                      the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Currently, she is working on a                           at Freie Universität. Between 2006 and 2012, she was research assistant
                                      book project on maritime Iconology in Early Modern Times as well as a co-                           for the Chair of Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger at the Art History department of Freie
                                      authored book project of a transcultural art history before Modernity.                              Universität. Since 2013, she works at Forum Transregionale Studien.


                      Gerhard Wolf    is Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz — Max-Planck-Insti-
                                      tut (since 2003), and Academic Program Director of the research and fel-
                                      lowship programs Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices and “Connecting
                                      Art Histories in the Museum/CAHIM.” He started his scientific career at
                                                                                                                         Student          ssistants
                                      the Universität Heidelberg studying Art History, Christian Archaeology, and
                                      Philosophy (PhD 1989). After his habilitation at Freie Universität in Berlin       Philip Geisler   obtained a Bachelor degree in Media Studies at Medienakademie Berlin
                                      (1995), he followed a call for the chair in Art History at the Universität Trier                    (2010), and now studies Art History, Islamic Studies and Political Science
                                      (1998–2003). His numerous guest professorships took him to Paris (EHESS),                           at Freie Universität Berlin (BA in 2013), and at Harvard University. His work
                                      to Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Vienna, Basel, Buenos Aires, Mexico City,                          focuses on city images and imperial architecture of the architect Sinan in the
                                      Jerusalem, Mendrisio (Accademia di Architettura), Harvard University,                               Ottoman Empire during the 16th century as well as on contemporary archi-
                                      Lugano, Chicago, Istanbul (Boğaziçi University), and Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru                        tecture and branding strategies in Dubai. He also works as a consultant in
                                      University). Since 2008, he is honorary professor at Humboldt-Universität                           music management. Working as a journalist, he produces content and hosts
                                      zu Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie                                   talks covering topics of culture and art.
                                      der Wissenschaften (since 2009) and member of the German Council of
                                      Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, since 2013). His main research           Helene Bongers   studied Art History, Literary Sciences, and English Philology at Freie Uni-
                                      fields and projects include Mediterranean art histories and pre-modern                              versität Berlin and Université Sorbonne I. Her BA-thesis compared French
                                      globalizations, theories of the image and the object as well as sacred topo-                        academic and modern painting of the 19th century, addressing issues of
                                      graphies in an interreligious perspective.                                                          representation of history and trace-theory. Previously, she worked as a
                                                                                                                                          research assistant at Freie Universität and interned at Deutsches Forum für
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                                                                                                                                          Kunstgeschichte, Paris. Currently, she is studying to receive her MA in “Art
                                                                                                                                          History in a Global Context” from the Freie Universität. One of her research
                                                                                                                                          foci is an art historian approach to pop-cultural superhero comics of the
                                                                                                                                          Dark Age.
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dvisory Board
                               Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad            Professor for History, Freie Universität Berlin and     Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy   Professor of Art History at the Institut für Kunst­
                                                                     Board of Directors Forum Transregionale Studien                                     wissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik,
                                                                                                                                                         Technische Universität Berlin
                                                                                                                             Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem    Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam,
                               Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer/        Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/                                Columbia University New York and Professor for
                               Dr. Jörg Völlnagel                    Head of exhibitions, research, projects, Staat­liche                                Islamic Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
                                                                     Museen zu Berlin                                                                    München



                               Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Gaehtgens   Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles   Prof. Dr. Kavita Singh      Associate Professor at School of Arts and Aesthetics,
                                                                                                                                                         Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


                               Prof. Dr. Karin Gludovatz             Professor of Art History and Dean of the Department
                                                                     of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität      Dr. Lilla Russell-Smith     Curator Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staat­liche
                                                                     Berlin                                                                              Museen zu Berlin




                               Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirchner             Director Deutsches Forum für Kunst­geschichte,          Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber      Director Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche
                                                                                                                                                         Museen zu Berlin
                                                                     Paris


                                                                                                                             Prof. Dr. Tobias Wendl      Professor for the Arts of Africa, Freie Universität
                               Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk/            Professor of Art History and Managing Director
                                                                                                                                                         Berlin
                                                                     of the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte,
                                                                     Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/
                               Prof. Dr. Claudia Blümle              Professor of History and Theory of Form at the
                                                                     Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte and at the
                                                                     Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge
                                                                     Gestaltung”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



                               Prof. Dr. Gülru Necipoğlu             Director of the Aga Khan Program of Islamic
                                                                     Architecture, Department of History of Art &
                                                                     Architecture, Harvard University
Art Histories Advisory Board




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Art Histories Advisory Board
                               Prof. Dr. Klaas Ruitenbeek            Director Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staat­liche
                                                                     Museen zu Berlin
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Fellows 2015–2016
Programs and Fellows 2015-2016 - Art Histories
Ahmed Adam                                                       is Assistant Professor and Head of the Department
                                                                                                   of Archaeology at the University of Khartoum.
                                                                                                                                                         Rakhee Balaram                                                     is Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at Uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            versity at Albany, State University of New York. She
                                                                                                   He is also the Director of the Red Sea and Suakin                                                                        has previously taught history of art at the School of
                                                                                                   Project and leads a project that wants to establish                                                                      Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
                                                                                                   museums at Khartoum University and Aba Island.                                                                           New Delhi, and at the University of Warwick. She is
                                                                                                   Ahmed was a Research Fellow at the University                                                                            co-editor, along with Partha Mitter and Parul Dave-
                                                                                                   of Cambridge (2012) and a Honorary Research                                                                              Mukherji, of a comprehensive survey of modern and
                                                                                                   Fellow at the University of Exeter (2011–2013). His                                                                      contemporary Indian art, 20th-Century Indian Art
                                                                                                   research centers on archaeology in Sudan and                                                                             (forthcoming, Skira). Balaram holds double doctor-
                                                                                                   on the preservation of archaeological sites and                                                                          ates in French Literature from Cambridge University
                                                                                                   their objects. He has published extensively on this                                                                      and History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of
                                                                                                   subject in journals like Sudan and Nubia, Nyame                                                                          Art, University of London.
                                                                                                   Akumme, Adumantu Journal, Bulletin of Sudanese
                                                                                                   Studies and Adab Journal.                             Decolonizing the Modern: Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath
                                                                                                                                                         Tagore and the Global Avant-Garde
                                  The Sudanese Collections in Germany                                                                                                                                                       Balaram used the Art Histories Fellowship to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            reconsider the foundations of Indian modernism.
                                                                                                   During the 2015–2016 Art Histories fellowship                                                                            In writing the new book, Decolonizing the Modern:
                                                                                                   year, Adam studied the Sudanese collections of                                                                           Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil and the Global
                                                                                                   heritage material, objects, and contents housed                                                                          Avant-Garde, Balaram looked at two canoni-
                                                                                                   in the museums and institutions in Germany,                                                                              cal figures in Indian art history, Amrita Sher-Gil
                                                                                                   since these represent some of the most important                                                                         (1913–1941) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941),
                                                                                                   Sudanese archaeological artifacts to be systemati-                                                                       and a network of artists around the world who were
                                                                                                   cally studied. He investigated the current status                                                                        integral to the formation of their practice. She con-
                                                                                                   of these archaeological and historical collections.                                                                      sidered the ways in which a canon of Indian art was
                                                                                                   Therefore, this project is an attempt to cast light                                                                      formed in a post-Independence context by a gen-
                                                                                                                                                         Fig.: Rabindranath Tagore, Untitled, c. 1929–1930. Ink on paper.
                                                                                                   on the Sudanese objects in the collections of Ber-    Courtesy: Rabindra Bhavana, Santiniketan                           eration of art historians and critics. Research in a
                                                                                                   lin, Munich, and elsewhere and to evaluate their                                                                         number of institutional and individual archives has
                                                                                                   current situation. Moreover, this research aims to                                                                       resulted in surprising new geopolitical configura-
                                                                                                   highlight the vital role that Sudanese objects can                                                                       tions that led to the development of modern Indian
                                                                                                   play in research, culture, and others.                                                                                   art. Balaram also highlighted aesthetic practices
                                  Fig.: 1. Relief wall of a chapel found near the pyramid of the         Adam collected as much information as pos-
                                  Nubian king Amanitenmemide in Meroe (1st century AD).                                                                                                                                     through an emphasis on diverse mobilities — intel-
                                  Neues Museum, Berlin. Photo: Ahmed Adam (2016)                   sible through the use of Sudanese archives and pub-                                                                      lectual, artistic and corporeal — to account for the
                                                                                                   lications on Sudan in the various German libraries.                                                                      way in which these practices developed over time
                                                                                                   He relates this material to his research on museol-                                                                      and in different regions. During the Art Histories
                                                                                                   ogy at the Department of Archaeology, University of                                                                      Travelling Seminar in Iran, Balaram studied Rabin-
                                                                                                   Khartoum, investigates the development of records                                                                        dranath Tagore’s 1932 visit to the country and its
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Art Histories Fellows 2015–2016
                                                                                                   in the Science of Museology, and promotes links                                                                          impact in the formation of nationalist discourse
                                                                                                   with corresponding international institutions and                                                                        and the political stakes involved in the exchange of
                                                                                                   museums in Germany, and museums in Sudan.                                                                                his art with dignitaries. Over the course of the year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            she has also begun to further integrate economic,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scientific, and legal discourses into the project to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            reveal new insights in the field of South Asian art.
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Federico Buccellati                                              began his university studies in Philosophy, obtain-
                                                                                                   ing a BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis). Having
                                                                                                                                                             Annalisa Butticci                                               is Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ogy at the Department of Anthropology of the
                                                                                                   worked during the summers on the archaeologi-                                                                             University of Utrecht. She received her MA from
                                                                                                   cal site of Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh, he went                                                                           the University of Padua, and her PhD from the
                                                                                                   to Tübingen, Germany, to pursue a Magister in                                                                             Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Her areas of
                                                                                                   Near Eastern Archaeology; a PhD in Near Eastern                                                                           research include visual and material culture of
                                                                                                   Archaeology from Goethe University, Frankfurt                                                                             religions, religious aesthetics and politics, Roman
                                                                                                   a.M., followed. His dissertation Three-dimensional                                                                        Catholicism and religions and societies of West
                                                                                                   Volumetric Analysis in an Archaeological Context: The                                                                     Africa and African diasporas (with a special focus
                                                                                                   Palace of Tupkish at Urkesh and its Representation                                                                        on Ghana and Nigeria).
                                                                                                   quantified the energy used in the construction
                                                                                                   process in order to link concepts such as Monu-
                                                                                                   mentality and Prestige directly to the archaeologi-       Ntona Buw: an Afro-Catholic Aesthetic Regime of Continuities and
                                                                                                   cal record.                                               Ambiguities
                                  Mesopotamian Palatial Architecture: A Study of Space and                                                                                                                                   In the 1880s, two French Catholic missionaries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             reached Elmina, in the Gold Coast, Ghana, and to
                                  Authorship                                                                                                                                                                                 their great surprise they discovered a shrine called
                                                                                                   A major trend in current archaeology is to recover                                                                        Ntona Buw, which in Fanti means the Temple of
                                                                                                   the perceptual dimension of the ancients. The aim                                                                         Anthony. At the shrine are the remains of an old
                                                                                                   is to go beyond the factuality of the data, important                                                                     statue of Saint Anthony brought by the Portuguese
                                                                                                   though that is, and to recover, through arguable and                                                                      in 1632. The statue of Saint Anthony, renamed Nana
                                                                                                   documentable procedures, the human dimension.                                                                             Ntona, spent four hundred years in Elmina, venerated
                                                                                                   Architecture is a major factor in this effort, and                                                                        as the holy saint among and even above the local
                                                                                                   exploring the full impact of its spaces and volumes                                                                       gods. He was a refuge to runaway slaves (Elmina was
                                                                                                   is an intriguing task. Space, as expressed in archi-                                                                      one of the major ports of the Atlantic slave trade), a
                                                                                                   tectural volumes, can seem as an abstract, distant                                                                        powerful spiritual warrior against the Dutch and the
                                                                                                   concept, visible but not understood, and lacking                                                                          British colonizers, and the only spiritual authority
                                                                                                   interaction. These volumes, however, carry a deeper                                                                       with the power to veto the enstoolment of the local
                                  Fig.: The AP Palace uncovered at Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh,
                                  dating to 2250 BC. The palace was built for King Tupkish and     meaning: they conditioned and were affected by the                                                                        chief, the highest political authority. Saint Anthony is
                                  Queen Uqnitum, as a series of seal impressions found in situ     daily life of a civilization which is lost in a remote
                                  show. Inset: a reconstruction showing the position of the Pal-                                                                                                                             not the only spiritual power at the Shrine. He shares
                                  ace within the urban context. © IIMAS 2012.                      past. The relationship between optic, haptic,                                                                             the space with several intriguing sacramental objects
                                                                                                   acoustic, and olfactory senses contribute, together,                                                                      and two gods — the ancestral stone located at the
                                                                                                   to the way that buildings condition social space —                                                                        entrance of the shrine and another mysterious god
                                                                                                   impacting interactors’ relationships to the space                                                                         located at the base of the little altar of Nana Ntona.
                                                                                                   itself, other interactors as well as the institutions     Fig.: Statue of Saint Anthony. Gesso, 20th century, Museum of   The project looks at the religious aesthetics and sys-
                                                                                                   inhabiting that space. Authorship, as examined            Roman Catholic Art and Missions in the Gold Coast, Elmina,      tem of relations between the remains of the statue of
                                                                                                                                                             Ghana. Photo by Annalisa Butticci (2015).
                                                                                                   here, is not an examination of a single voice, but                                                                        Saint Anthony and the other objects preserved at the
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                                                                                                   rather the archaeological record often reveals a plu-                                                                     shrine. The aim is to investigate how this transcul-
                                                                                                   rality of authors tied to a single structure. This data                                                                   tural aesthetic regime, born out of an Afro-Catholic
                                                                                                   is not only typological, but also reflects the choices                                                                    aesthetic encounter, produces social, religious, and
                                                                                                   of specific ancient actors; choices made within the                                                                       political discourses about the control of history and
                                                                                                   context of a web of factors, be they practical, tech-                                                                     memory.
                                                                                                   nological or symbolic on some level.
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specialises in the art and material culture of the
                                  Peyvand Firouzeh                                               Islamic world, with a focus on early modern Iran        Atreyee Gupta                                                      is Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Southeast Asian art at the Minneapolis Institute
                                                                                                 and India. She is particularly interested in the
                                                                                                                                                         (affiliated Fellow)
                                                                                                 interconnections between material culture and                                                                              of Art. Her research interests include art, visual
                                                                                                 socio-political authority, patronage of art and                                                                            cultures, and intellectual histories of 20th-century
                                                                                                 architecture, and museum studies. She obtained                                                                             South Asia; the intersections between the Cold
                                                                                                 her BA (2004) and MA (2007) in architecture from                                                                           War, the Non-Aligned Movement, and artistic
                                                                                                 University of Art, Tehran, and her MPhil (2011) and                                                                        practices, and Global Modernisms. She trained in
                                                                                                 PhD (2015) from University of Cambridge with a                                                                             art history at the University of Minnesota in the US
                                                                                                 dissertation titled Architecture, Sanctity and Power:                                                                      and the M.S. University Baroda in India. More at:
                                                                                                 Ne’matollahi shrines and khanqahs in fifteenth–cen-                                                                        www.atreyeegupta.com.
                                                                                                 tury Iran and India. Firouzeh was the acting curator
                                                                                                 of Islamic collections at the British Museum
                                                                                                 between 2014 and 2015.
                                                                                                                                                         The Promise of the Modern: Anti-illusionism, Abstraction, and
                                                                                                                                                         Inter-cultural Modernism (India, ca. 1937–1968)
                                  Depicted legitimacy: Sufi-Sultan encounters in the visual and                                                                                                                             Gupta’s book project examines anti-illusionism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and abstraction (in painting, sculpture, photog-
                                  textual cultures of Iran and India                                                                                                                                                        raphy, and experimental film), art’s infrastructure
                                                                                                 Firouzeh’s project at Art Histories focused on                                                                             (critical ekphrasis, exhibitions, and supporting
                                                                                                 the visualization of sacred authority and dynastic                                                                         structures), and aesthetic flows (through Cold War
                                                                                                 legitimacy. She studied the interconnections                                                                               networks and across the Non-Aligned Movement).
                                                                                                 between the temporal and spiritual through an                                                                              Excerpts from her book project appeared as chap-
                                                                                                 examination of paintings that depict the real or                                                                           ters in Postdate: Photography and Inherited History
                                                                                                 imaginary encounters between Sufis — generally                                                                             in India (Berkeley: University of California Press,
                                                                                                 defined as “Islamic mystics” — and ruling figures,                                                                         March 2015) and Prajakta Potnis: Store in a Cool
                                                                                                 in Iran and India between 1400 and 1700. In                                                                                and Dry Place (Bönen: Verlag Kettler, November
                                                                                                 so doing, her aim was to unfold the materiality,                                                                           2014). She also completed coediting Postwar–Art
                                                                                                 aesthetics, iconography as well as the history and                                                                         between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965
                                                                                                 politics of the “encounter.”                                                                                               (with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes), a volume
                                  Fig.: frontispiece, f.9v–f.10r, from the Shahnameh dated
                                                                                                       The focus of her project in the past months                                                                          of essays that bring into sharp focus both differ-
                                  841/1438, Or. 1403, 196 x 127 mm. The British Library, image   has been on a fifteenth century illustrated manu-                                                                          ences and interconnections that shaped postwar
                                  courtesy of Cambridge Shahnama Project
                                                                                                 script of the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), now kept                                                                          art in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the
                                                                                                 at the British Library (Or.1403), the frontispiece                                                                         Mediterranean, North America, and South America
                                                                                                 of which depicts one of such encounters. The            Fig.: Blue Print for a Central Institution for Modern Art in New
                                                                                                                                                         Delhi, ca. 1936, image source: Archaeological Survey of India,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            during the decades following the Second World
                                                                                                 visual contextualization of the illustrations of the    New Delhi                                                          War. The 2015 annual conference of Forum Tran-
                                                                                                 manuscript and its frontispiece, for which holdings                                                                        sregionale Studien “Global Modernisms: Contigui-
                                                                                                 of several collections in Berlin and Europe have                                                                           ties, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices,” and
                                                                                                 provided a basis for comparison, as well as a close                                                                        a publication project that she has co-conceptu-
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                                                                                                 reading of marginalia and the text of the preface,                                                                         alized with Hannah Baader, has allowed Gupta to
                                                                                                 which is a variation of the contemporary prefaces                                                                          further engage with the idea of contiguities and
                                                                                                 of the epic, has enabled her to rethink the con-                                                                           (material and immaterial) infrastructures as gener-
                                                                                                 struction of visual and textual genealogies in this                                                                        ating new methods for engaging the global field of
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Gül Kale                                                                holds a PhD from McGill University’s Architectural
                                                                                                          History and Theory Program (2014). She received
                                                                                                                                                                  Subhashini Kaligotla                                           specializes in the art and architectural history of South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Asia. Her research interests encompass the mobility
                                                                                                          her BArch and March degrees from Istanbul Techni-                                                                      and reception of transregional forms in the visual, lin-
                                                                                                          cal University. After obtaining a post-professional                                                                    guistic, ritual, and political domains, landscape history
                                                                                                          MArch degree (McGill), she began her doctoral                                                                          and culture, and historiography. Her book manuscript,
                                                                                                          studies seeking to understand the cultural and intel-                                                                  Argument and Ornament in the Architecture of Deccan
                                                                                                          lectual context of early modern architecture from                                                                      India, presents an integrated approach to the hetero-
                                                                                                          an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.                                                                   geneous built spaces of the early medieval Deccan,
                                                                                                          She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Univer-                                                                     examining this understudied material through the
                                                                                                          sity (Spring 2008). Her dissertation examined the                                                                      analytical framework of cosmopolitanism, courtly
                                                                                                          intersections between architectural, artistic, and                                                                     values and culture, and ideas of place and power.
                                                                                                          scientific concepts and practices in the early mod-                                                                    Kaligotla earned a PhD in Art History and Archaeology
                                                                                                          ern Ottoman world. She is the recipient of fellow-                                                                     from Columbia University in 2015.
                                                                                                          ships from organizations such as Max van Berchem
                                                                                                          Foundation, Society of Architectural Historians, and    A River Runs Through: Sacred Spaces in the Landscape of the
                                                                                                          Historians of Islamic Art Association.                  Early Medieval Deccan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kaligotla’s research challenges the canonical binary
                                  Artifacts as Sources of Wisdom and Wonder: Intersections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 view of Indian temples, which strands Early Deccan
                                  between Ottoman Books on Architecture and European Travel                                                                                                                                      buildings (6th–8th centuries) in an outsider position,
                                  Narratives in the Seventeenth Century                                                                                                                                                          segregated from one another and the landscapes
                                                                                                          Kale’s project explores the public display and                                                                         that situate and sustain them. Departing from the
                                                                                                          cross-cultural reception of artworks in the early                                                                      monument-based approach to architectural history,
                                                                                                          modern Istanbul, by focusing on intersecting                                                                           the project looks to temple clusters, emphasizing
                                                                                                          transcultural experiences conveyed in Ottoman                                                                          interrelationships between buildings, buildings and
                                                                                                          writings on architecture and European travel                                                                           natural and built worlds, as well as phenomenological
                                                                                                          narratives, and comparative scientific and philo-                                                                      and experiential perspectives. During the fellowship
                                                                                                          sophical discourses on the sources and means of                                                                        term, Kaligotla published an article, “Beyond Border-
                                                                                                          knowledge. Her research examines how Ottoman                                                                           land: Claiming a Conceptual Space for Early Deccan
                                                                                                                                                                  Fig.: Bhutanatha Temple Group and Environs, ca. 8th century,
                                                                                                          narratives on artworks overlapped with the depic-       Badami, Karnataka. Photo: Caleb Smith                          Buildings,” in the Getty Research Journal, no. 8 (2016).
                                                                                                          tion of Ottoman objects in European sources due                                                                        A second article, “A Temple Without a Name: Deccan
                                                                                                          to shared experiences of public spaces and mutual                                                                      Architecture and the Canon for Sacred Indian Build-
                                                                                                          interests in artifacts. She presented her work                                                                         ings,” completed in Berlin, is forthcoming in a Getty
                                  Fig.: Christoph Schissler, ‘Horizontal sundial with a turbaned figure
                                  holding a string gnomon’, Augsburg, 1562. Mathematisch-Physika-         at the lecture series and in the conferences on                                                                        Publications’ edited volume on global canons. The lat-
                                  lischer Salon in Dresden. Photo: Gül Kale
                                                                                                          Islamic and Ottoman art and architecture in Berlin.                                                                    ter publication examines the conceptual categories for
                                                                                                          Her research trips to European collections and                                                                         South Asian temples, from their beginnings in colonial
                                                                                                          architectural sites, which included Kunstkammer                                                                        modes of knowledge production through to the pres-
                                                                                                          objects, scientific instruments, and gifts enriched                                                                    ent, and the values and epistemologies that inform
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                                                                                                          her cross-cultural work and led her to offer a new                                                                     these categories. Additionally, access to the Museum
                                                                                                          perspective on the relation between wonder and                                                                         für Asiatische Kunst’s collection of miniature shrines
                                                                                                          artifacts at the intersection of cultural exchanges                                                                    and stupas led to an expansion of the transregional
                                                                                                          and through the notion of early modern curiosi-                                                                        component of the project, and further insights into the
                                                                                                          ties.                                                                                                                  social functions that miniature architecture made pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sible in the medieval Deccan and beyond.
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Banu Karaca                                                       is an anthropologist (PhD The Graduate Center, City
                                                                                                    University of New York) working at the intersec-
                                                                                                                                                              Dipti Khera                                                                is assistant professor at the Department of Art His-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tory and at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York
                                                                                                    tion of political anthropology, art and aesthetics,                                                                                  University. Along with specializing on early modern
                                                                                                    nationalism and cultural policy, and museums and                                                                                     art and architecture of South Asia, her research in
                                                                                                    commemorative practices. Her manuscript Deciviliz-                                                                                   nineteenth century design, modern architecture, and
                                                                                                    ing Art: Cultural Policy and Nationalism in Turkey                                                                                   contemporary heritage landscapes has been shaped
                                                                                                    and Germany examines the entrenchment of art in                                                                                      by interdisciplinary training in art history, museum
                                                                                                    state violence. Her recent publications interrogate                                                                                  anthropology, architecture, and conservation.
                                                                                                    the politics of arts programs in the EU, freedom of
                                                                                                    expression in the arts, gendered memories of war          Feeling of a Place: Art, Affect and
                                                                                                    and political violence, and visual literacy. She is the   Authority Between Mughal and British Empires
                                                                                                    co-founder of Siyah Bant, a research platform that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Khera is presently writing a book and developing an
                                                                                                    documents censorship in the arts in Turkey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         international travelling exhibition with Smithsonian’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.,
                                  Missing Provenance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and the City Palace Museum, Udaipur, that examine
                                  ‘Lost’ Works: The Blind-Spots of Art History in Turkey                                                                                                                                                 the art of place and landscape in early modern South
                                                                                                    Tentatively entitled “Missing Provenance, ‘Lost’                                                                                     Asia. Udaipur in Northwestern India was at the center
                                                                                                    Works: The Blind-Spots of Art History in Turkey”,                                                                                    of pioneering material and pictorial experiments in
                                                                                                    this project aims to account for the phenomenon                                                                                      presenting the sensorial, embodied experience of
                                                                                                    of missing provenance in Turkey. Although this                                                                                       space. Contrary to colonial and nationalist histories of
                                                                                                    lack is often attributed to “belated modernization,”                                                                                 decadent lands, she finds an art history of praise and
                                                                                                    Karaca proposes that missing provenance has to                                                                                       place in the persistent relations painters, poets, and
                                                                                                    be understood within the context of different kinds                                                                                  patrons created between affective phenomenon and
                                                                                                    of symbolic, material, and economic dispossession                                                                                    efficacious desires, art and knowledge, and politics
                                                                                                    that are deeply intertwined with the history of art                                                                                  and aesthetics. As an Art Histories Fellow, Khera
                                                                                                    and its institutions. Tracing the circulation of late                                                                                wrote a new book chapter on imaginings of kings,
                                                                                                    Ottoman and early republican painting through                                                                                        gods, and places drenched in rains, objects and texts
                                                                                                    ethnographic interviews and archival work, it                                                                                        that demanded audiences to make emotional con-
                                                                                                    focuses on the conceptual and practical obstacles                                                                                    nections of belonging to and longing for real places
                                                                                                    that provenance research faces in Turkey today. The                                                                                  in the present, and in ideal times. She completed
                                                                                                    dialogs facilitated by the Art Histories Fellowship                                                                                  multiple articles, including “Marginal, mobile, multi-
                                                                                                    shaped the project as both an anthropological                                                                                        layered: Painted invitation letters as bazaar objects in
                                                                                                    inquiry into the practice of writing of art history and                                                                              early modern India” in Journal18; “Jagvilasa: Picturing
                                                                                                    as an avenue to learn from art history, including                                                                                    worlds of pleasure and power in eighteenth-century
                                                                                                    methodological questions on how to trace absence.                                                                                    Udaipur painting” in A magic world: New visions of
                                                                                                    Central to this research is the assumption that with                                                                                 Indian painting, and “Pilgrims at the port/Traders at
                                                                                                                                                              Fig. 1: Rana Amar Singh II in Udaipur during a monsoon down-
                                                                                                    missing provenance we also loose the stories of           pour, ca. 1700, artists unknown, 109.2 x 175.2 cm, freer and               the temple: The long and short of traveling objects
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                                                                                                    artists, collectors, and audiences — all of which are     Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, purchase and partial gift          in early modern India” in Intersections: Yearbook for
                                                                                                                                                              made in 2012 from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collec-
                                  Fig.: “Wealth Tax”, picture taken during an auction of house-
                                                                                                    vital in our understanding of art historical trajecto-    tion – Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F2012.4.2.                            early modern studies (Autumn 2017). New research in
                                                                                                                                                              Fig. 2: View of the hills, lakes and valley of Udaipur, detail of Fig. 1
                                  hold items held under duress to cover the wealth tax imposed      ries. Rather than solely tracing current location or                                                                                 European collections across Germany, England and
                                  on Non-Muslims (1942–43), source: http://yenisafak.com.tr/.,
                                  licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context    ownership, this research project proposes to see                                                                                     Switzerland and the 2015 Travelling Seminar to Iran
                                  of Varlik Vergisi via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
                                  File:Varlik_vergisi.gif#mediaviewer/File:Varlik_vergisi.gif
                                                                                                    works of art as both cultural memory and historical                                                                                  proved equally valuable for her research.
                                                                                                    witnesses.
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CAHIM
                                                                                                                                                  Museen spielen heute eine wichtige Rolle bei              Museums play a key role in the ongoing
                                                                                                                                             der Neubestimmung von Kunst und Kunstgeschichte           re­definition of art and art history in relation to
                                                                                                                                             zwischen Ästhetik, Anthropologie und Politik in           aesthetics, anthropology, and politics in the
                                                                                                                                             den globalen Perspektiven des 21. Jahrhunderts.           decentralized, globalized 21st century. With their

                               Connecting Art Histories in the Museum                                                                        Die Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin mit ihren univer-
                                                                                                                                             salen Sammlungen nehmen in besonderer Weise
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘universal’ collections, Staatliche Museen zu
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Berlin participate in this process in a distinctive
                                                                                                                                             an diesem Prozess teil. Sie bieten eine einzigartige      way, offering a unique opportunity for research
                               Associated Research and Fellowship Program of Kunsthistorisches Institut in
                                                                                                                                             Möglichkeit zur Erforschung von Artefakten unter-         using multidisciplinary approaches to artifacts
                               Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) and Staatliche Museen ­zu Berlin (SMB)
                                                                                                                                             schiedlichster Kulturen und Zivilisationen in kunst-      from different cultures and civilizations.
                                                                                                                                             und wissens­historischer Perspektive.                          International doctoral students and post-
                               “Connecting Art Histories in the Museum” verbindet      “Connecting Art Histories in the Museum” combi-
                                                                                                                                                  Internationale Doktorandinnen und Dokto-             doctoral researchers in art history and related
                               akademische und museale Forschung mit kura-             nes academic and museum research with curator-
                                                                                                                                             randen sowie Postdocs der Kunstgeschichte und             disciplines are invited to apply for the fellowship
                               torischer Arbeit. Jeweils bis zu vier herausragende     ship. Up to four outstanding young international
                                                                                                                                             benachbarter Disziplinen sind eingeladen, sich für        program. Fellows have the opportunity to pro-
                               internationale Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen            art historians spend one to two years investigating
                                                                                                                                             das Stipendienprogramm zu bewerben. Die zunächst          vide curatorial assistance for individual exhibiti-
                               und Nachwuchswissenschaftler forschen ein bis           artistic and cultural interactions in the Mediter-
                                                                                                                                             auf ein Jahr angelegten Stipendien, die um ein            ons as well as to contribute to the development
                               zwei Jahre lang anhand der Objekte der Staatlichen      ranean region, the Americas, Asia, and Africa,
                                                                                                                                             weiteres Jahr verlängert werden können, umfassen          of new concepts for exhibition practices.
                               Museen zu Berlin über künstlerische und kulturelle      based on the objects in the Staatliche Museen zu
                                                                                                                                             eigenständige und qualifizierende wissenschaftliche            Academic exchange and research collabo-
                               Interaktionen im Mittel­meerraum, in Lateinamerika,     Berlin (National Museums of Berlin). Additional
                                                                                                                                             Forschungen in den Archiven und Sammlungen                ration, both within and beyond the museum,
                               in Asien und in Afrika. Einen weiteren Schwerpunkt      emphasis is placed on the museum display of the
                                                                                                                                             der Museen. Die Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten          are optimally encouraged through the joint
                               bildet die museale Präsentation der untersuchten        objects.
                                                                                                                                             können darüber hinaus einzelne Ausstellungen kura-        activities of the research group, such as semi-
                               Gegenstände.                                                 Set up as a joint project between KHI and
                                                                                                                                             torisch begleiten sowie bei der Entwicklung neuer         nars, workshops, excursions, and conferences.
                                     Exzellente Forschung und kuratorische Arbeit      SMB, the innovative fellowship program focuses
                                                                                                                                             Konzepte für die Ausstellungspraxis mitarbeiten.
                               führt das Programm für internationale Nachwuchs-        on artistic and cultural interactions. The scholars
                                                                                                                                                  Durch gemeinsame Seminare, Workshops,
                               wissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaft-         study museum objects or groups of objects
                                                                                                                                             Exkursionen und Tagungen werden der wissenschaft-
                               ler in neuartiger Weise zusammen. Im Mittelpunkt        with the aim of establishing a dialog between
                                                                                                                                             liche Austausch und die Forschung auf musealer wie
                               des Projekts, in dem die Staatlichen Museen zu          Western, Islamic, Asian, Latin American, and
                                                                                                                                             auch außermusealer Ebene optimal gefördert.
                               Berlin mit dem Kunsthistorischen Institut in Florenz    African art histories. Instead of concentrating
                               kooperieren, stehen künstlerische und kulturelle        exclusively on the objects’ place in the history of   Program Directors and Coordination
                               Interaktionen. Im Dialog westlicher, islamischer,       premodern art or their museological aspects, the
                               asiatischer, lateinamerikanischer und afrikanischer     research program is concerned with the modern         Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer       Director-General, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               Kunstgeschichte werden Objekte der Museen, ohne         repercussions and expressions of interactions
                                                                                                                                             Dr. Jörg Völlnagel                  Head of Exhibitions, Research, Projects, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               sich allein auf museologische Aspekte oder die          between diverse historical topographies. These
                               Geschichte vormoderner Kunst zu konzentrieren,          dynamics are examined in the light of the follo-      Dr. Hannah Baader                   Program Director and Senior Research Scholar, KHI in Florenz — MPI
                               erforscht. Zentral hierfür sind folgende Fragestel-     wing questions: How can art historical research       Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf              Program Director and Managing Director, KHI in Florenz — MPI
                               lungen: Wie geht die Forschung zu historischen          deal with the transfer and exchange of moveable
                                                                                                                                             Lucy Jarman, B.A.                   Coordinator, KHI in Florenz — MPI
                               Räumen mit der Verlagerung und dem Austausch            or immoveable cultural heritage? How did muse-
                               von mobilem oder immobilem Erbe um? Wie artiku-         ums in the past articulate political and cultural     In Cooporation with:
                               liert die alte, wie die im Entstehen begriffene neue    attitudes towards historical sites of the produc-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CAHIM – The Research Program
                                                                                                                                             PD Dr. Paola Ivanov                 Curator Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               Museumslandschaft in Berlin politische und kultu-       tion, accumulation, and translation of artifacts?
                               relle Einstellungen in Bezug auf historische Orte der   And how do museums, especially new muse-              Prof. Dr. Viola König               Director Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               Produktion, Akkumulation und Translation von Arte-      ums, do this now? How do museum displays              Prof. Dr. Klaas Ruitenbeek          Director Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               fakten? Wie bewerten und inszenieren Museums-           evaluate and present the ritualistic and aesthetic
                                                                                                                                             Dr. Lilla Russell-Smith             Curator Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               ausstellungen rituelle und ästhetische Dimensionen      dimensions of objects? What possible dynamics
                               von Objekten? Welche Dynamik entsteht zwischen          can be created between objects in the museums         Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber              Director Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               Objekten in den Museen, die in Bezug auf ihre Pro­      that are alien to each other in provenance and        Prof. Dr. Moritz Wullen             Director Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
                               venienzen, ihre historischen Aufbewahrungsorte          historical context?
                               und -kontexte einander fremd sind?                                                                            Contact:                            cahim@khi.fi.it
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David Horacio Colmenares                                             studied Philosophy and Literature in Mexico,
                                                                                     Belgium, and Spain. Currently, Colmenares is a
                                                                                                                                               Aifeng Cheng                                                       is appointed Associate Professor at the Turfan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Research Academy. He is Editor of Turfanological
                                                                                                                                               (shortterm Fellow July–September 2016)
                                                                                     Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Latin                                                                                Research. Chen studied History and Culture at the
                                                                                     American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia Uni-                                                                               Northwest University for Nationalities, Lanzhou,
                                                                                     versity. Since January 2014 Colmenares is fellow                                                                             Gansu Province. He was visiting scholar at the
                                                                                     of the CAHIM research project and based at the                                                                               Mongolian National University, Ulaanbaatar, Mon-
                                                                                     Kunstbibliothek, SMB. His research focusses on                                                                               golia, and at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese
                                                                                     intersections of early modern antiquarianism and                                                                             Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. He is presently
                                                                                     the overseas territories of the Spanish Empire.                                                                              pursuing his doctoral degree at Wuhan University,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hubei Province.
                The Egyptian Conjecture:
                Material Crossovers in Early Modern Antiquarianism                                                                             Study on the Avalokiteśvara imagery of Turfan in the Qočo
                                                                                     The project examines a variety of scholarly prac­         Uighur period
                                                                                     tices in the early modern period, subsumed under                                                                             I intend to investigate collections within China and
                                                                                     the notion of Antiquarianism. These practices —                                                                              abroad regarding the Avalokiteśvara imagery from
                                                                                     including the collecting and studying of images                                                                              the Turfan area, and with focus on the paintings
                                                                                     and material artifacts — can be understood as the                                                                            of Avalokiteśvara from the grottoes around Turfan
                                                                                     forerunners of modern critical methods and were                                                                              (Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China). Further-
                                                                                     in their times sites of rich intellectual specula-                                                                           more, I will classify these images to determine a
                                                                                     tion. The expansion of the antiquarian’s archives                                                                            closer dating for the imagery of the female form of
                                                                                     beyond the confines of the Greco-Roman world                                                                                 Avalokiteśvara. I seek to confirm the interdepen-
                                                                                     led to a need for innovative scholarly techni-                                                                               dency of Avalokiteśvara images in the grottoes,
                                                                                     ques and respective hypotheses or narratives. By                                                                             comparing them to the main Avalokiteśvara cave
                                                                                     follow­ing the trail of artifacts, Antiquarians revisi-                                                                      (Bezeklik Cave 14) by analyzing the subject matter
                                                                                     ted traditional forms and fields of knowledge and                                                                            and composition of the cave.
                                                                                     explored new cultural geographies. The project            Fig.: Mural fragments from the 14th cave in Bezeklik. © Staatli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Using the methodology of icono-
                                                                                     focuses upon the work of the Paduan antiquarian           che Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst.                 graphic research, I will also work with similar
                                                                                     Lorenzo Pignoria (1571–1631) for whom inspect­                                                                               Avalokiteśvara Sutra paintings and research
                                                                                     ing Egyptian antiquities opened unexpected                                                                                   images combined with other traditional depic-
                                                                                     paths for the study of the material cultures of the                                                                          tions of Avalokiteśvara. The observations of the
                                                                                     East and West Indies. Pignoria and his scientific                                                                            Avalokiteśvara image painting style will serve for
                                                                                     circle pioneered a form of comparative research                                                                              comparisons with similar images of the surround-
                                                                                     that depended upon an international network of                                                                               ing area, discussing interactions between them.
                                                                                     collaborators, such as missionaries, tradesmen,
                                                                                     engravers, printers, etc. These agents worked from
                Fig.: Quetzalcoatl as Moses, in: Codex Ríos, 16th century. Vatican   within diverse intellectual frameworks and with
                City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Vat. 3738 A, fol. 7v
                                                                                     various objectives, all of which entered into dialog
                                                                                     in the continuous exchange of overseas material
                                                                                     culture. The project aims to the re-situation of
                                                                                     artifacts and images — especially those coming
                                                                                     from the New World — within an European matrix
                                                                                     of visual practices and discourses.
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Giuseppe Vignato                                                 is a Professor at the School of Archaeology and
                                                                                 Museology, Peking University (P.R. China), where
                                                                                                                                         Priyani Roy Choudhury                                             has been a fellow of CAHIM since October 2013. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                           is pursuing her doctoral degree at the Institut für
                (shortterm Fellow July–August 2016)
                                                                                 he teaches courses on Roman, Mediterranean, Silk                                                                          Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, at Humboldt-Universität
                                                                                 Road, and Xinjiang Buddhist Archaeology. His field                                                                        zu Berlin. Her current research titled “Fashion-
                                                                                 of research is the archaeology of the Buddhist rock                                                                       ing of a Mughal City: Fatehpur Sikri” explores the
                                                                                 monasteries of Kucha. Beside his own publications                                                                         relationships between architecture, landscape, and
                                                                                 he coordinated the translation of Italian works into                                                                      empire in the sixteenth century in India. She was
                                                                                 Chinese, including Tucci’s Indo-Tibetica (7 vols) and                                                                     the co-curator of the exhibition Mystic Travellers:
                                                                                 studies by the Italian Archaeological team in Swat,                                                                       Sufis, Ascetics and Holy Men, staged at Museum für
                                                                                 Pakistan.                                                                                                                 Islamische Kunst, SMB, in 2016.



                Survey and Study of the Rock Monasteries of Kucha                                                                        Fashioning of a Mughal City: Fatehpur Sikri
                                                                                 The ancient kingdom of Kucha (China, Xinjiang)                                                                            The project seeks to closely analyze the architec-
                                                                                 occupied a strategic section of the Northern Silk                                                                         tural program of Fatehpur Sikri which was built as
                                                                                 Road for the transmission of Buddhism from India                                                                          the ceremonial imperial capital (1571–1585) under
                                                                                 to China. Extant Buddhist monuments consist                                                                               the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and to study the city’s
                                                                                 principally of rock monasteries. Based on the                                                                             fashioning within the interstices of large networks
                                                                                 material recovered by the German Turfan Expedi-                                                                           of aesthetics, cultures, people, and geographies
                                                                                 tions (1902–1914), the study of the rock monaster-                                                                        that facilitated the emergence of a new impe-
                                                                                 ies has mainly been concerned with the paintings                                                                          rial power in the 16th century. It proposes that
                                                                                 giving birth to a field of studies focused mainly on                                                                      the new aesthetic idioms exhibited in the city’s
                                                                                 art history, linguistics and Buddhology. Archaeo-                                                                         structures were shaped by trans-regional, trans-
                                                                                 logical investigation has lagged behind. During my                                                                        historical dialogs, as apparent for instance through
                                                                                 fieldwork in the Kucha area, between 2000 and                                                                             architectural reflections on inherited memories of
                                                                                 2014, I took extensive notes and drawings which                                                                           distant Timurid homelands and local responses
                                                                                 have been the basis of my research. The aware-                                                                            to them. The project also proposes that this
                                                                                 ness that systematic fieldwork and archaeological                                                                         materialization of the city was convergent with
                                                                                 investigation will not be possible in the next                                                                            a new emphasis on creating, archiving, ordering,
                                                                                 decades has prompted me to organize my notes in                                                                           and dissemination of knowledge which sought to
                                                                                 a book format to make them accessible to a larger                                                                         articulate a new rootedness to the vast territories
                                                                                 audience. The book will introduce over 600 caves                                                                          of Hindustan. The project thus treats Fatehpur
                                                                                 from an archaeological perspective, organizing the                                                                        Sikri as both an atelier for as well as a product of
                Fig.: Simsim Cave 15, detail of the ceiling. Photo: G. Vignato   data around an interpretive model which I have                                                                            a new “Mughal” cultural, intellectual, and political
                                                                                 been developing through my studies. Intended            Fig.: The Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri seen from inside the   heteroglossia and attempts to locate the material
                                                                                                                                         mosque complex. Photo: Priyani Roy Choudhury, 2015
                                                                                 as a reference tool it will ideally assist scholars                                                                       articulation of the city within the matrix of cultural
                                                                                 involved in fieldwork and provide the necessary                                                                           imagination, knowledge, memory, history, lived
                                                                                 archaeological information for research at home.                                                                          experience, and an emerging consciousness of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           16th-century world order.
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