Beate Fricke's research focuses on the history of images, objects and places, using perspectives from philosophy, cultural anthropology, history of the sciences, of economy and theology. Her research interests include theories of perception and animation, the history of allegory and mimesis, the prehistory of aesthetics and political participation, cultural and mercantile exchange, as well as the materiality of minor arts, decorative arts and reliquaries.
Ongoing Research Projects
- Trading Architecture analyses the loci of exchange of merchandise, knowledge and culture in the Mediterranean with the Middle and the Far East.
- Object Histories. Early Modern Flotsam. For this project she was awarded a collaborative research grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, together with Finbarr Barry Flood.
- Horizon and Pictorial Space