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Jennifer Pochodzalla, M.A.

Graduate Student

Jennifer Pochodzalla, M.A.

Position

  • PhD candidate (GPTS-6)

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 105
69115 Heidelberg
Germany

Email:
pochodzalla@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:
+49 (0) 6221 54 4307

About Jennifer Pochodzalla

Jennifer Pochodzalla is presently finalizing her PhD project which researches aspects of transculturality in context of the so-called Desert Castles of the Umayyads (working title: The Fertile Crescent as architectural playground for a new ruling elite. Reconsidering the Umayyad Desert Castles in a transcultural perspective, read the abstract here), supervised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Global Art History) and Prof. Dr. Stephan Westphalen (Byzantine Art History and Archaeology). With this project she was also a member of the Cluster's Graduate Program for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) from October 2014 to September 2017.

Currently, she works as the assistant to the chair of Global Art History, substituting for Dr. Franziska Koch during her maternity leave. She worked as a student assistant for the chair of Global Art History from October 2009 to May 2013 and replaced Franziska Koch during her maternity leave as assistant to the Chair of Global Art History from May 2013 until August 2014. More recently, she has worked as an editing assistant for several publication projects (M. Falser; A. Grasskamp/ M. Juneja) and as graduate student assistant for the second gathering of the "Salon for Slow Reading and Deep Looking", planned by Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University).

She studied European Art History, Byzantine Art History and Archaeology as well as Cultural Anthropology at Heidelberg University, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. In 2012, she graduated in the field of European Art History and Byzantine Art History and Archeology with a Master’s thesis on the Norman palaces of William II in Sicily entitled Umbilicus Mundi? Zur Transkulturalität der normannischen Paläste Wilhelms II. in Palermo which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Matthias Untermann and Prof. Dr. Stephan Westphalen.

Her research interests include artistic exchanges and transcultural processes in the medieval Mediterranean and Levant with a special focus on Norman Art in Sicily, Islamic Art in the Near East and Muslim Spain, as well as late Byzantine Art. Additionally she is interested in the disciplinary history of Art History and Archaeology.

Curriculum vitae

Education and employment

  • 2007-2010: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Bachelor of Arts in European Art History (major) and Cultural Anthropology (minor).
  • 2009-2013: Student assistant to the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context".
  • 2010-2012: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Master of Arts in European Art History (major) and Art History and Archaeology of the Byzantine Empire (minor).
  • 2013-2014: Assistant to the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" during the maternity leave of Franziska Koch.
  • 2014-2015: Editing assistant to publication projects of PD Dr. Michael Falser (Cultural Heritage as Civilizing Mission. From Decay to Recovery. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Cultural Heritage and the Temples of Angkor and Eine Zukunft für unsere Vergangenheit. Zum 40. Jubiläum des Europäischen Denkmalschutzjahres (1975-2015)).
  • since 04/2013: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, start of a PhD project on The Fertile Crescent as architectural playground for a new ruling elite. Reconsidering the Umayyad Desert Castles in a transcultural perspective (working title). 2014-2017 within the Graduate Program of Transcultural Studies (GPTS-6).
  • since 06/2018: Assistant to the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" during the maternity leave of Dr. Franziska Koch.

Teaching (see also here)

  • Tutorial, Europe and the Arts of Islam, tutorial accompanying the lecture Europe and the Arts of Islam by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, summer semester 2013.
  • Exercise course, Skills, Tools and Methods of Transcultural Studies (introductory course for the MATS), winter semester 2013/2014.
  • Advanced Seminar, The Aesthetic and the Material - How to integrate Art History with Material Culture, co-taught with Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, summer semester 2014.
  • Exercise course, Essential Academic Skills for the MA Transcultural Studies (introductory course for the MATS), winter semester 2015/2016.
  • Tutorial, Basic Research Skills (mandatory introductory course for the MATS), winter semester 2016/2017.
  • Tutorial, Basic Research Skills (mandatory introductory course for the MATS), winter semester 2017/2018.

Certificates

  • Heidelberger Didaktikzertifikat für Tutorinnen und Tutoren (Heidelberg Didactics Certificate for Tutors), 2014.

Additional Courses and Skills

  • Strategien für eine erfolgreiche Promotion - Projektmanagement, Zeitmanagement, Kommunikation (Strategies for a successful Doctorate - project management, time management and communication), conducted by the Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University, 2013
  • Präsentieren und Wissenschaftliches Schreiben (Presenting and Academic Writing), conducted by the Career Service, Heidelberg University, 2013.
  • American Voice and Dialogue Coaching - Intensive Pronounciation Class, conducted by the Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University, 2015.
  • Academic Discussion Skills, conducted by the Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University, 2015.
  • Writing Grant Proposals, conducted by the Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University, 2016.
  • Mit Ihrer Stimme zum Erfolg - Authentisch und begeisternd präsentieren, conducted by the Graduate Academy, Heidelberg University, 2016.

Memberships

  • Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)

Organized Workshops and Conferences

  • Symposium - The Pleasure of Challenging Representation: Writing Global (Art) History, co-organized with Franziska Koch, in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe' and the Heidelberg Institute for European Art History. Heidelberg, February 10, 2016. (event website)

    Selected publications

    Academic Presentations

    • Temporalities of the Global: or How the Concept of the 'Global' Works within Islamic Art History. International Symposium - 2018 Global Asia/ Pacific Art Exchange (GAX): "Co-Constituting the Global," organized by Birgit Hopfener and Ming Tiampo on behalf of Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (HKW), ICI Berlin, Carleton Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (Carleton University, Ottawa), and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute NYU. Berlin, June 21-22, 2018.
    • Rethinking Islamic Art (History)? The Potential of Global Art History and the Transcultural Approach. International Conference - "Islamic Art History and Archaeology in Crisis? Challenges and New Perspectives," organized by Francine Giese, Dirce Marzoli, and Fernando Valdés Fernández on behalf of Universität Zürich, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut at Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Museo Arqueológico Nacional Madrid. Madrid, January 12-14, 2017.
    • The Mshattā Façade, Ottoman Heritage Politics and the Resistance of Osman Hamdi Bey. Annual Conference - "Making, Sustaining, Breaking: The Politics of Heritage and Culture," organized by the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe', Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Max Weber Stuftung, in cooperation with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Heidelberg, October 12-14, 2016.
    • Elusive terminologies in an 'unwieldy' field: Islamic art history and terminologies. Workshop - "Art Histories and Terminologies II," organized by Forum Transregionale Studien 'Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices', Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe' and the KHI Florence. Heidelberg, February 6-7, 2015.
    • In the Eye of the Beholder - Norman Sicily's Art Histories in a Transcultural Perspective. Workshop - "New Perspectives on the Research of Medieval Sicily: Prospects and Challenges," organized by Project A28 'Commerce in Sicily' of the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe'. Heidelberg, October 23, 2014.
    • Umayyadische Mosaike - byzantinische Künstler, islamische Bilder? Lecture Series - "Kulturtransfer zwischen Byzanz und der islamischen Welt," Institute for Byzantine Archaeology and Art History. Heidelberg, July 10, 2014.
    • Reconfiguration as Art Historical Concept. Workshop - "Art Histories and Terminologies I," organized by Forum Transregionale Studien 'Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices', Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe' and the KHI Florence. Berlin, December 13-14, 2013.
    • Transkulturalität von Repräsentationsbauten. Die normannischen Paläste Wilhelms II. in Palermo. "1. Heidelberger Studierendenkolloquium zu Spätantike und Byzanz - Perspektiven auf Byzanz." Heidelberg, July 5-7, 2012.

    Attended Conferences and Workshops

    • Chaired Panel "Religion and Art in Transculturation." Transcultural Studies Student Conference: The Theory and Practice of Transculturation, Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in co-operation with the StudierendenRat of Heidelberg University. Heidelberg, April 27, 2018. Link to the Conference here.
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