Assistant Professor for World Art History

Maré de Matos, Fundamento 2019

What role can art and art history play in a world in which global processes are becoming increasingly important for understanding transcultural exchange and interaction? What approaches to modernity and cultural politics have developed in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America? Can contemporary art teach us anything about decolonization, gender, migration and the formation of identities? How can global art historical constellations destabilize old hierarchies and static categories of geographic space?

The section of World Art History was established at the Institute of Art History and in affiliation with the Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art History. It is also affiliated to the Master program in World Arts and Music at the Center for Global Studies, which enables the combined study of various media and artistic forms of expression from different cultures and art worlds under the unifying framework of cultural studies. World Art History addresses the diverse forms that art takes in a global context, while complicating conceptions of “the global”. It enables reflections on cross-cultural exchange with a global perspective and captures the complexities of those relations. Through the study of objects and discourses, it explores alternative stories and flows of objects, transnational and transregional cultural interactions and new, de-centered historiographies.


MA projects (Prof. Dr. Nadia Radwan)

  • „Die Gestaltung Multimedialer Vermittlung für Museen in digitalen Medien“. Lorenz Tschopp, 2023
  • „Paul Klee. Die Formung des Orients“. Annina Pandiani, 2020
  • “In Anticipation of the Collapse: Central Asian Cinematic Landscape in Late Soviet Cinematography”. Ekaterina Kurilova, 2018
  • “En ligne / hors ligne: Exposer les arts numériques”. Emilie Bruchez, 2017

PhD dissertations

  • “Towards the ’transnational’ in art history. Argentine artists in Belgium and beyond, 1967-1981”, Ine Engels, second supervisor, ongoing, Ghent University
  • “The Art of Resistance: A Research of Queer Art in the Brazilian and Peruvian contexts from 1990 to Present”, Luigi Crea, first supervisor, ongoing.
  • “Escape from Europe: The Neolithic as Contemporary Line of Flight in Jo Baer's Painting Series In the Land of the Giants”. Janine Armin, second supervisor, ongoing, Universtity of Amsterdam.

PhD dissertations (Prof. Dr. Nadia Radwan)

  • “Ruinen – Fotografien – Ansichten. Ein Forschungsvorhaben zur fotografischen Konstruktion von Archäologie in Vorderasien vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg”. Linda Herzog, first supervisor, ongoing. Abstract (pdf, 98KB)
  • “The Islamic World at the Biennale di Venezia: Trans-National Comparisons of Representation Discourses and Display Strategies”. Riccardo Legena, first supervisor, ongoing.
  • “Ruinen – Fotografien – Ansichten. Ein practice-based Forschungsvorhaben zur fotografischen Konstruktion von Archäologie in Vorderasien vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg“. Linda Herzog, first supervisor, ongoing.
  • “From the Sacred to the Spectacular: Performance of Diasporic Consciousness through Visual Representations in Brazilian Candomblé”. Zainabu Jallo, second supervisor, ongoing.
  • “Wandel und Tradition in der spätwafawidischen Malerei (1590 – 1720)”. Axel Langer, third supervisor, 2019
  • “Picturesque Peasants: Painting Egyptian Identity at the Fuad I Agricultural Museum in Cairo, 1934-1938”. Lara Ayad, Boston University, member of the dissertation committee, 2018