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Freya Schwachenwald


Forschungsstipendiatin der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes



Visions of the East. Art, Science and Nation Building in the works of Germanophone traveling artists in the 19th century. Fragmented historical ontologies of racialized aesthetics, objects and humans



Since November 2020: PhD candidate at Technischen Universität Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy; Fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

2019: Master's thesis "Art, Nature, and Ice Cream: Prince Herrmann von Pückler-Muskau and Historiographies of Haunting” supervised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja und Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

2019: Dr. Gregorius Mättig Graduation Award for Master’s thesis

2018-2019: Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of the History of Art, Yale University, New Haven supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

2018: Conference and Travel Award, Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration, Yale University, New Haven

2017-2019: M.A. in Transcultural Studies with a focus on Visual and Material Culture, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and Fellowship of the Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds Cologne

2016: Integration Award of the FGU (Franco-German University)

2015: Medal of Merit, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding social and cultural commitment

2013-2016: Double degree Bachelor/Licence in European Media Culture/Information-Communication at Bauhaus University Weimar and Université Lumière Lyon II and Fellowship of the Franco-German University (FGU)


Jan 2020: “Art, Nature, Ghosts, and Ice Cream: Transcultural Assemblages of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785–1871) and Machbuba/Ajiamé/Billilee.” The Journal of Transcultural Studies 10, no. 2 (2019): 78–120. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.jts.2019.2.24044.

Dec 2019: “Articulating the Contemporary? Collaborative Aesthetics and Indigenous Knowledge in Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad’s Field of Sight (2013-Ongoing).” Global Histories: A Student Journal 5, no. 2 (December 7, 2019). https://doi.org/10.17169/GHSJ.2019.328.

Mar 2019: “Fordert uns!” Die Zeit. March 20, 2019. https://www.zeit.de/2019/13/junge-leser-unterforderung-lesefoerderung.

Vorträge und Seminare

Oct 2019: Lecture “Ökologie, Sklaverei und Eiskreme. Eine Transkulturelle Kunstgeschichte Hermann von Pückler-Muskaus (1785–1871)”, acceptance speech for the Dr. Gregorius Mättig Graduation Award, Bautzen, Germany

May 2019: Lecture "Ecology, Slavery and Ice Cream. Haunting and Knowing in Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau’s archive”, Environmental Humanities Graduate Conference, Yale University, USA

Mar 2019: Lecture “Ein steiniger Weg: Der Platz der Dinge und der Nicht-Dinge in der Kunstgeschichte”, Emerging Researcher Panel, 35th German Art Historian Day, Göttingen, Germany

Dec 2018: Lecture “Archives: Theories, Practices, Foundations”. Imperial Archives: Reclamation, Restitution, and Respect: Graduate Conference, Brown University, USA

Oct 2018: Lecture “Articulating the Contemporary? Collaborative Aesthetics and Indigenous Knowledge in Gauri Gill’s and Rajesh Vangad’s Field Of Sight”. Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference, Harvard Divinity School, USA

May 2018: Lecture and Seminar "1001 Langues, 1001 Mondes: Promouvoir une lecture participative et multilingue“, Goethe Institute, Abidjan, Ivory Coast 

Apr 2018: Lecture and Seminar “Social Cohesion through Multilingual Reading Promotion“ Goethe Institute, Gaziantep, Turkey

Feb 2018: Lecture “Leseförderung von Colombo nach Kolumbien“, 1st Northern German Reading Promotion Congress, Lübeck, Germany

Aug 2017: Lecture and Seminar “Historias para la vida“, Goethe Institute, Lima, Peru

May 2017: Lecture “Book Pirates: Telling Stories in a Digitized World“, Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress, Bangkok, Thailand

Nov 2016: Lecture and Workshop Series “Onde mundo & livros se encontram/Donde mundo y libros se encuentran“, Goethe Institutes Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela 

2016-2017: Seminars and Workshops on peace building and critical volunteering for Service Civil International, Hong Kong SAR



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