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Max Planck Institute of Art History, Florence

MPI’s research unit of Forum Transregionle Studien (Berlin) with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf (director of MPI) and Dr. Hannah Baader and its post-graduate programme Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices (Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken) is a collaboration partner of the Heidelberg Chair of Global Art History for a series of three workshops on “Art Histories and Terminologies” (Berlin 2013, Heidelberg 2015 and Florence 2016).

Workshop “Art Histories and Terminologies”

The Reiss-Engelhorn Museen Mannheim

An exhibition Desaster. Der menschliche Umgang mit Naturkatastrophen is scheduled to open at the REM in Autumn 2013. It is being jointly planned by the museum curator Dr. Christoph Lind, the Chair of Global Art History and Junior Research Group "Cultures of Disaster" led by Prof. Gerrit Schenk (University of Darmstadt).  For further information see  Project D17.

Free University of Berlin, DFG Research Group  "Transkulturelle Verhandlungsräume von Kunst"

(FOR 1703, deputy speaker: Gregor Stemmrich)
The co-operation with a focus on transcultural processes in the field of art and visual cultures will take the form of regular joint workshops/conferences in Heidelberg and Berlin respectively. In addition possibilities of academic exchange in the field of shared teaching and short excursions are on the agenda. In 2015, it participated in the D18 (Michael Falser) Conference "The Picturesque Eye. Investigating Regionalist Art Forms in late Empires," 3-5 December 2015.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Conceptualization and organisation of an international conference with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (title to be announced soon) in autumn 2012.  Further partners in this joint enterprise are the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology and the FOR 1703.

FU Berlin

In 2009 Franziska Koch had conceptualized together with Birgit Hopfener (FU Berlin) the international conference "Negotiating Difference. Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context"also held at the HKW from October 22-24.  Prof. Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch and Juliane Noth (East Asian Studies, Department of Art History, Free University Berlin) were among the co-organisers. A volume that has grown out of the conference will be published under the same title, forthcoming 2011 (VDG Weimar).

Ulmer Verein

Joint publication with the Ulmer Verein of a special issue of the journal Kritische Berichte (2012) "Universalität der Kunstgeschichte", conceptualized and edited by Monica Juneja, Matthias Bruhn and Elke Werner. 

Ecole du Louvre, Paris

Each year a group of students from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris spend two semesters in Heidelberg as part of an International Master Program in Art History and Museology. Several of them opt for courses in Global Art History and write their Masters’ thesis on a subject in this field. Michael Falser co-advised several masters theses in this context (Nina Garde: "Tegeler Hafen: ein Beispiel für Berliner postmoderne Architektur" (9.2016), Galadrielle Lesage: "Die Museologie in Deutschland – von den ersten Überlegungen über das Museumswesen bis hin zu einer Wissenschaft. Zwischen Umbruch und Kontinuität des Begriffs vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg" (9.2015), Cécile Poulot: "Die Heidelberger Thingstätte als Erinnerungsort: Die Wahrnehmung und Nutzungsgeschichte von 1934 bis heute" (9.2015), and Carina Kurta: "Architektur in den Kultur-Hauptstädten Europas" (3.2011)).

School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Planning of an International Graduate run by the two chairs of Global Art History and Visual and Media Anthropology and the SAA. Cooperation at an individual level with Profs. Parul Dave Mukherji and Kavita Singh.

Arbeitskreis Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V.

Michael Falser, member of the Arbeitskreis, has established a programme of collaboration between the Chair of Global Art History and the Arbeitskreis Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V. (Association for the Theory and Practice of conservation of monuments). A conference "Kulturerbe – Denkmalpflege: transkulturell" (Cultural heritage and architectural conservation in a transcultural perspective) was held at the Karl Jaspers Centre (29 September – 1 October 2011). Its proceedings were published in 2013 under the title Kulturerbe – Denkmalpflege: transkulturell. Grenzgänge zwischen Theorie und Praxis. Edited by Michael Falser and Monica Juneja. Transcript: Bielefeld 2013 (ISBN 978-3-8376-2091-7, more information).

ICOMOS International, ICOMOS AUSTRIA and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for the Theory and the Philosophy of Conservation and Preservation 

Michael Falser, member of the ICOMOS Theory Committee, has co-edited the proceedings of the committee's annual conference in Vienna 2008 (read more) and organized a joint conference in 2014 at the Karl-Jaspers-Centre on transcultural/global implications of architectural conservation philosophy and practice (read more). In 2015 he published, together with Wilfried Lipp/ ICOMOS Austria the volume Eine Zukunft für unsere Vergangenheit. Zum 40. Jubiläum des Europäischen Denkmalschutzjahres (1975-2015). A Future for Our Past. The 40th anniversary of European Architectural Heritage Year (1975-2015). Un Avenir pour Notre Passé. 40e Anniversaire de l'Année Européenne du Patrimoine Architectural (1975-2015). Bäßler: Berlin, 2015 (also → Research, Publications, more information).

DFG Researchers Network  “Medien der kollektiven Intelligenz” (MKI), Konstanz University

(deputy speaker: Isabell Otto)
The MKI comprises 15 researchers of various disciplines researching media of collective intelligence with individual projects in three research fields: practices of interaction between human and non-human actors, socio-political regulations that shape collective intelligence, and media-related processes of distributed creativity. Franziska Koch’s individual project “Exhibitions between Asia and Europe in the era of media globalization” relates to the exploration of the latter.
The overall aim of the MKI is to systematically research various formations of collective intelligence in interdisciplinary, media comparative and media historical discussions and to contribute to the academic analysis of contemporary media culture(s). The MKI held one of its annual conferences in connection with the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a global Context” at Heidelberg University.

German Center of Art History, Paris

In December 2016 the Deutsche Forum Kunstgeschichte in Paris will host the joint-conference international Conference "Picturesque Modernities. Architectural Regionalism as a Global Process (1890-1950)," 30 November – 2 December 2016, conceptualized by Michael Falser (D18: Picturesque Modernities).


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Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University, Durham
Prof. Burcu Dogramaci, Kunsthistorisches Institut, University of Munich
Dr. Vera Beyer, Emmy Noether Research Group "Kosmos/Ornatus. Ornamente in Persien und Frankreich um 1400 im Vergleich", FU Berlin.

Visiting Scholars

2011: Prof. Ronald Inden (Chicago)
2011: Dr. Tania Sengupta (London)
2011-12: Dr. Indra Sengupta (London/Göttingen)
2012: Prof. Parul Dave Mukherji (New Delhi)

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