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Fellowship for Cathrine Bublatzky and Franziska Koch

Dec 19, 2016

Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Dr. Franziska Koch, both Assistant Professors at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, were awarded fellowships by the Elite Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. The fellowships will provide each of them resources to pursue their post-doctoral research projects for the next three years.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (Elite-Programm für Postdoktorandinnen und Postdoktoranden) is conceived to support early career scholars on their way to professorship. In a highly competitive selection procedure with overall 53 applicants who were suggested from all universities in Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Dr. Franziska Koch convinced with their individual projects and were granted each one of the 15 scholarships on offer. The state-funded scholarships covers a funding period of three years.

Dr. Bublatzky’s project “Contemporary photography as a cultural practice by diasporic Iranians in Europe” will explore the visual culture of contemporary photography as central medium of socio-political expression in light of ongoing political restriction and repression. It is an anthropological investigation of photography focusing on professional artistic and documentary photographers from Iran who have migrated to Europe.

The project of Dr. Koch is titled “The artist works (trans-)culturally: Nam June Paik and other Fluxus artists negotiating collaborative authorship”. It aims to examine collaborative artistic practices and changing notions of authorship in context of the “Fluxus” artist network, which emerged in the early 1960s mainly across Europe, the USA and Japan. Focussing on exemplary collaborative constellations with Paik as an anchoring figure, the project will explore the cultural and institutional conditions and limits of transcultural artistic team work .

Every year, the Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation selects about 15 to 20 scholars who are excellent postdoctoral scientists at a university in the state of Baden-Württemberg who aim for professorships by outstanding independent research projects.

Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky is Assistant Professor to the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster and a trained photographer. Since April 2016 she holds the position as co-speaker of the interdisciplinary working group ‘Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration’ for a period of two years.

Dr. Franziska Koch is Assistant Professor to the Chair of Global Art History and an artist. She is also the coordinator of the concluded projects Group Exhibitions of Contemporary Chinese ArtNet1 Arts and the Transcultural, and Multi-centred Modernisms.

Read the press release here or on the website of Heidelberg University.

Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Dr. Franziska Koch are indebted to the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung for the financial support of the research projects by the Eliteprogramme for Postdocs.


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