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Dr. Melanie Klein

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FOR 'Transkulturelle Verhandlungsräume von Kunst'

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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2011 Research Fellow at the DFG Research Group "Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art" in subproject C 3 "Fictions of the Original. Studies Analysing the Practices of and Discourses on Modern and Contemporary Art in Africa"

2007 - 2011 Freelance Education Officer and Lecturer with "Culturbuero" in Berlin

2003 - 2008 Doctoral thesis in History of Art at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig

2003 - 2005 Research position at the Graduate College "Identity and Difference. Gender Constructions and Interculturality" at the University of Trier

2000 - 2007 Public Relations Coordinator and Editor at Kunstbank, Zellermayer Gallery, im stall, FCB Werbung GmbH, Idealo Internet GmbH, Deutsche Bank Communication Centre (Selection)

1993-1999 Master Student in History of Art and Economics at Humboldt-University and Freie Universitaet in Berlin and Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg

1995-1996 Diplomate Student at Christie's Education in London


Scholarships

2009 Scholarship for the Interdisciplinary Summer School "Perspectives of Ageing in the Process of Social and Cultural Change" at the Marsilius College in Heidelberg

2003 and 2004 DAAD research scholarship

Winter semester 2014-2015

Seminar "Queer (In-)Visibilities in the Art from Africa and beyond"

Link


Winter semester 2012-2013

Seminar "Authenticity and originality, artistic repetitions and fakes. A transcultural perspective" with Tobias Wendl


Winter semester 2011-2012

Seminar "Art and Politics in Africa" with Tobias Wendl

Research interests

  • Modern and contemporary art from Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Art education in Africa
  • Perspectives of Gender Studies, Queer Studies and Transgender Studies


Events and projects

"Revisiting the Transcultural Paradigm", Concluding Conference DFG Research Group 1703, May 19th to 20th 2017

Programme

"The 'discovery' of queerness. Intricate trails of a travelling concept", Workshop at the conference Present’s disjunctive unity. Constructing and deconstructing histories of contemporary cultural and aesthetic practices, HKW, Berlin, November 26th to 28th 2015

Programme

"Queer (In-)Visibilities in Contemporary Art from Africa", Session Chair at the conference Concurrences in Postcolonial Research. Perspectives, Methodologies, Engagements, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, August 20th to 23rd 2015

Programme

"Progressive Art Education and the Spread of Modernism beyond Europe", Session Chair at Mapping Uncharted Territories, Nordik 2015 Conference, Reykjavík, May 13th to 16th 2015

Programme

"Questioning Narratives, Negotiating Frameworks. Art/Histories in Transcultural Dynamics, Late 19th to Early 21st Centuries", Annual Conference DFG Research Group 1703, Berlin, December 5th to 7th 2013

Programme

"Fictions, fakes and authenticities. Artistic practices from Africa and beyond" Workshop DFG Research Group 1703, Subproject C 3, Berlin, June 21st 2013

Programme

"The Soapbox. Online Forum on Issues of Women and Gender in the Arts of Africa", Freie Universitaet Berlin

Blog


Invited lectures

"Of heroines and new homosexuals. Artist talk with Ato Malinda and Milumbe Haimbe", at the conference Present’s disjunctive unity. Constructing and deconstructing histories of contemporary cultural and aesthetic practices, HKW, Berlin, 2015

"Discourses of authenticity. Case studies in modern and contemporary art from Africa", at Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 2015

“What art should we create? Art teaching in South Africa”, at From Mbari Mbayo to Iwalewahaus, International Symposium, Iwalewa-Haus, Africa Centre of the University of Bayreuth, 2013

“Discussing trans-identity as transcultural calibration in theory and artistic practice”, at Refiguring Women, International Conference, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, 2012

"Masculinity contested. Strategien der Widerständigkeit in der Kunst aus Südafrika", at Kolloquium Kunst Afrikas, Freie Universität, Berlin, 2011

“Introduction into Wim Botha’s Oeuvre”, at Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, 2004


Other lectures

"Negotiating Mshoga Mpya? The queering of categories in art from Africa", at Concurrences in Postcolonial Research. Perspectives, Methodologies, Engagements, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, 2015

"'What is this thing called art?' Emerging discourses in South African art educational venues", at Mapping Uncharted Territories, Nordik 2015 Conference, Reykjavík, 2015

“Disorganising mindsets. Representations of queerness in art from South Africa”, at Subjectivités féministes, queer et postcoloniales en art contemporain. Une histoire en mouvements, International Symposium, Université Rennes 2, 2015

“Travelling concepts in art educational venues. Art schools in South Africa”, at Workshop of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the DFG Research Unit 1703, Freie Universität Berlin, 2014

“Modes of creation. Art teaching in South Africa and Uganda between theory and practice”, at Questioning Narratives, Negotiating Frameworks. Art/Histories in Transcultural Dynamics, Late 19th to Early 21st Centuries, Annual Conference of the DGF Research Unit 1703, Freie Universität Berlin, 2013

“Creating the Authentic? Art Teaching in South Africa as Transcultural Phenomenon”, at Fictions, Fakes and Authenticities. Artistic Practices from Africa and beyond, Workshop of the DFG Research Unit 1703, Freie Universität Berlin, 2013

“The Shifting Authentic. Landschaftsmalerei in Südafrika aus semiologischer und transkultureller Perspektive“, at Transitivität als Herausforderung in den Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, Lecture Series of the Department for Art History, Freie Universität Berlin, 2013

“Translocal dynamics of contact. Reactions to Steven Cohen’s performance ‘Chandelier’ in Africa and Europe”, at Asking Big Questions Again, The Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies, Prague, 2012

„Adventures in notional space. The original and originality in modernisms of Africa and Europe”, at The Challenge of the Object, CIHA 2012, 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Nuremberg, 2012

“Projekt Kulturgeragogik. Bildwissenschaft und Alternsforschung”, at Perspectives of Ageing in the Process of Social and Cultural Change, Marsilius-Kolleg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, 2009

“Stages of Difference. Aspects of Hybridity in Wim Botha’s work”, at New Hybridities. Societies and Cultures in Transition, Graduate Conference, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 2004

“Verhandlungssache Kunst. Kategorisierung von Kunst aus den südafrikanischen Townships”, at Identity and Difference. Gender Constructions and Interculturality, Graduate College, University of Trier, 2003

“Inversion of perspective? Voyiya’s and McGee’s film on blackness in South African Art”, at Graduate Colloquium, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, 2003

“Die Repräsentation afrikanischer Kunst auf der Documenta 11”, at Graduate Colloquium, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, 2002

Books

Klein, Melanie (2009): Masculinity contested. Strategies of resistance in art from South Africa and the oeuvre of Wim Botha, Dissertation, Graz, kunsttext.werk.


Edited volumes

Bachmann, Pauline; Klein, Melanie; Mamine, Tomoko and Vasold, Georg (Eds.) (2017): Art/Histories in transcultural dynamics. Perspectives on narratives and frameworks in the 20th and 21st century, Paderborn, Wilhelm Fink, (Forthcoming).


Peer-reviewed publications

Klein, Melanie (2017): "Modes of creation. Art teaching in South Africa and Uganda between theory and practice", in: Bachmann, Pauline; Klein, Melanie; Mamine, Tomoko and Vasold, Georg (Eds.), Art/Histories in transcultural dynamics. Perspectives on narratives and frameworks in the 20th and 21st century, Paderborn, Wilhelm Fink, (Forthcoming).

Pauline Bachmann, Melanie Klein, Tomoko Mamine and Georg Vasold (2017): "Introduction", in: Pauline Bachmann, Melanie Klein, Tomoko Mamine and Georg Vasold (Eds.), Art/Histories in Transcultural Dynamics. Perspectives on narratives and frameworks in the 20th and 21st centuries, Paderborn, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, (Forthcoming).

Klein, Melanie (2017): "Concurrent contestations. Framing, naming and taming the 'queer' in art from Africa", in: Concurrences in postcolonial research. Perspectives, methodologies, engagements, Conference Proceedings, (Forthcoming).

Klein, Melanie (2017): "Disorganising mindsets. Representations of queerness in art from South Africa", in: Subjectivités féministes, queer et postcoloniales en art contemporain. Une histoire en mouvements, Conference Proceedings, (Forthcoming).

Klein, Melanie (2017): "Transforming concepts. Preliminary discourses in the formation of modern art in Africa", in: From Mbari Mbayo to the Iwalewa-House, Conference Proceedings, (Forthcoming).

Klein, Melanie (2017): “Performing contact zones. The making of Steven Cohen’s performance Chandelier”, in: Panayiota Chrysochou (Ed.), Performing identity. The relationship between identity, gender and performance in literature, theatre and the visual arts, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 87-103.

Klein, Melanie (2014): “Creating the authentic? Art teaching in South Africa as transcultural phenomenon”, in: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, Volume 6, pp. 1347-1365, Link.

Klein, Melanie (2014): “Intimate interactions. Intersektionale Dynamiken als künstlerische Strategie in den Performances von Steven Cohen und IngridMwangiRobertHutter“, in: FKW. Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und Visuelle Kultur, Nr. 56, pp. 055-068, Link.

Klein, Melanie (2013): “Marketable concepts. The original and originality in modernisms of Africa and Europe”, in: Georg Ulrich Großmann and Petra Krutisch (Eds.), The challenge of the object. 33rd congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Nuremberg, Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, pp. 730-734.

Klein, Melanie (2012): “Between history, politics and the self. Photographic portraiture in contemporary art from Africa”, in: Jana Gohrisch and Ellen Grünkemeier (Eds.), Listening to Africa. Anglophone African literatures and cultures, Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter, pp. 69-91.

Klein, Melanie (2006): “Stages of Difference. Aspects of Hybridity in Wim Botha’s work”, in: Frank Heidemann and Alfonso de Toro (Eds.), New Hybridities. Societies and Cultures in Transition, Leipzig, Olms Verlag, pp. 223-236.


Other

Klein, Melanie (2015): "Kunst als Kritik und Intervention", in: E-Learning Kunstgeschichte Afrikas, Berlin, Freie Universität.

Klein, Melanie (2013): „Gregory Kerr“, in: Andreas Beyer, Bénédicte Savoy and Wolf Tegethoff (Eds.), Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 110-111.

Klein, Melanie (2013): „Job Kekana“, in: Andreas Beyer, Bénédicte Savoy and Wolf Tegethoff (Eds.), Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 531-532.

Klein, Melanie (since 2012): The Soapbox. Online Forum on Issues of Women and Gender in the Arts from Africa, Berlin, Blog der Freien Universität.