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Freya Schwachenwald

Lupe [1]

Forschungsstipendiatin der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Email: f.schwachenwald@campus.tu-berlin.de [2]


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

Projektskizze [3]


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 [4].

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 [5].

Mar 2019: “Fordert uns!” Die Zeit. March 20, 2019. https://www.zeit.de/2019/13/junge-leser-unterforderung-lesefoerderung [6].

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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