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Matthias Bruhn

Coordinator of the Research Area ‘Das technische Bild’ at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum, Humboldt University, Berlin.  He has been in charge of the research unit on political iconography in the Warburg House of the Kunsthistorisches Institute, University of Hamburg, a Fellow of the Clark Institute, Williamstown, Mass. and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Getty Grant Program, Los Angeles, Calif.  His current areas of research centre on scientific images and their status as art. His publications include Nicholas Poussin. Bilder und Briefe (2000), Sichtbarkeit der Geschichte. Beiträge zu einer Historiographie der Bilder (ed. with Karsten Borgmann), Das Bild. Theorie – Geschichte – Praxis (2008).

Richard H. DavisProfessor of Religion and Programme Director, Bard College, New York.  A doctorate from the University of Chicago, he taught at Yale before coming to Bard. His book Lives of Indian Images won the prestigious A.K. Coomaraswamy Prize in 1999.  Other publications include Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: Worshipping Siva in Medieval India (1991), Images, Miracles and Authority in Asian Religious Traditions (1999) and Picturing the Nation: Iconographies of Modern India (2006).

Harald Fuess

Harald Fuess will be Professor for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" from summer 2009 teaching for the Centre for East Asian Studies and the History Department. Before taking up his post in Heidelberg, he taught modern Japanese history at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and Sophia University in Japan. Other employers include the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt and the German National Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. At Oxford University, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Columbia University, and the University of Tokyo he held visiting appointments. After a childhood in France and Germany, he received his academic training at Princeton University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D). Harald Fuess lived in Japan for 15 years and has been elected president of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) for the 2008-2011 term and served on the executive council of EAJS since 2000. His numerous publications cover aspects of the history of Japan, gender, consumption, cultural-economic relations, and Eurasian cultural flows.

Anne Goldgar

Anne Goldgar is a Reader in Early Modern European History at King’s College London, and has taught in the Department since 1993. Prior to this she was a Research Fellow at Clare Hall Cambridge, an assistant professor of history and Art and Sciences Faculty Fellow at New York University and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard. Anne is a graduate of Princeton and completed both her A.M. and PhD at Harvard. Anne Goldgar specialises in seventeenth and eighteenth century European cultural and social history, especially of the Netherlands and of Francophone culture across Europe. She is also interested in print culture, the culture of collecting, and the interaction of society, art and science. Her latest book is about the ways in which tulipmania reflected deep anxieties about the transformation of Dutch society in the Golden Age and is entitled Tulipmania: Money, Honor and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Lothar Ledderose

Lothar Ledderose is Professor of East Asian Art History at the University of Heidelberg. He has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at several institutions, including the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Kyoto University, Taiwan National University and the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.  Among his numerous publications are: Ten Thousand Things. Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art (Princeton 2000), Orchideen und Felsen. Chinesische Bilder im Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst (Berlin 1998), Japan und Europa: 1543-1929 (ed.), a catalogue of an exhibition he curated in Berlin 1993. In 2005 Professor Ledderose was awarded the prestigious Balzan Prize for East Asian Art History.

Nic Leonhardt

Nic Leonhardt studied Theatre Studies and Audiovisual Media, German Philology and Art History at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1995-1997) and Mainz (1997-2000). From 2002 to 2005 Nic Leonhardt was participant in the International PhD-program Performance and Media Studies, University of Mainz. (title of her PhD-thesis: Piktoral-Dramaturgie. Visuelle Kultur und Theater im 19. Jahrhundert (1869-1899)). She has held the position of a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, Germany, and was guest professor in 2007 at the German Department of Columbia University, New York City (sponsored by the DAAD). Since January 2009 she is a postdoctoral researcher in the project "New Urban Imaginaries" in the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg. Besides her academic work, she works as a freelance writer.

Christoph Lind

Curator and Head of the exhibition department of the Reiss Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim, studied Art History, Sinology and Japanese Studies in Berlin, curated exhibitions for the German Historical Museum, Berlin (Tsingtau) as well as for the Prussian Palaces and Garden Foundation, Berlin-Brandenburg. (Preußen 1701 – Eine europäische Geschichte). At the Reiss Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim he recently curated the exhibition: Ursprünge der Seidenstraße and edited the catalogue of the show.

Kim Siebenhüner

Teaches at the Historisches Seminar, Basel. She is an expert in the history of Early Modern Europe. Here areas of research include the history of conversion, of trade, consumption and the movement of luxury objects. Her latest research project deals with the movement and cultural meanings of jewels between the Indian subcontinent and Europe during the 17th century. Her publications include Bigamie und Inquisition in Italien 1600-1750 (2006), Religion und Gewalt. Konflikte, Rituale, Deutungen (1500 - 1800) (2006), ed. with Kaspar von Greyerz; "Des pierres précieuses au souk. Marchandises globales et espaces local: Perception et vécu de l'espace et des pratiques commerciales à Alep à l'époque moderne par un négociant européen", in: Wolfgang Kaiser (ed.): Lieux, places, espaces. Pratiques marchandes en Méditerranée, (2009).

Melanie Trede

Professor of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg, has taught at New York University and Columbia University, New York, was Visiting Research Fellow at Gakushûin University, Tokyo and at the Metropolitan Centre for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto. Her publications include Image, Text and Audience: The Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan. (2003), One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (coauthored with Lorenz Bichler) (2007). She is the coordinator of a number of research projects in the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence, “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.

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