Dr. Kerstin Schwedes

Kerstin Schwedes has coordinated the project ‘EurViews. Europe in Textbooks’ since July 2009. This multilingual internet publication uses commentated sources from textbooks to show how concepts of Europe and Europeanness have been conveyed by history and geography textbooks in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With its systematic and historical approach, this project aims to raise awareness of the plurality and changeability of ideas about Europe, and of the variations and competition between memory cultures during the twentieth century. Kerstin Schwedes also became the academic coordinator of the project ‘WorldViews. The World in Textbooks’ in 2015 and heads the research forum ‘Textbook research in a digital world’. She holds the position of ombudswoman at the institute and is responsible for coordinating work experience placements.

Kerstin Schwedes studied art history, history, and German literature. After studying abroad in Italy, she completed her MA in 1993 and was awarded her PhD from the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1996. From 1997 to 2002, she was a fellow of the Dorothea Erxleben Programme in Rome and Göttingen, and continued to work in Göttingen in 2003 and 2004 as an assistant in the history of art department. From 2004 to 2009, Dr Schwedes was a postdoctoral researcher at the German Research Foundation in the Emmy Noether Research Group, where she worked on ‘The Reception of Romanticism, the Aesthetics of Autonomy, and Art History’ at the history of art department in Göttingen.

Research and teaching foci

Her research and teaching foci include aspects of inter- and transmedia, art history methods and forms of knowledge transfer in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as educational and documentary film.

Projects

Selected Publications

  • Schulbuch und Erster Weltkrieg; Christophe, Barbara und Kerstin Schwedes (eds), Göttingen 2015.
  • Bildung und Schule im Kaiserreich unter Wilhelm II. In: Otte, Wulf; Pöppelmann, Heike; Zimmermann, Ole (eds): 1914 ... schrecklich kriegerische Zeiten. Ausst.Kat. Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig: Appelhans 2014, 80-89.
  • A conjointly narrated European History. In: Shared Histories for a Europe without dividing lines, ed. Council of Europe, Strasbourg 2014, 582-589. Online: http://shared-histories.coe.int .
  • Der Künstler und sein Tod: Testamente europäischer Künstler vom Spätmittelalter bis zum 20. Jahrhundert, ed. Nicole Hegener / Kerstin Schwedes, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2012.
  • Raffael und Michelangelo: Renaissance - Barock? In: Heß, Gilbert; Agazzi, Elena; Décultot, Elisabeth (eds): Klassizistisch-romantische Kunst(t)räume. Imaginationen im Europa des 19. Jahrhunderts und ihr Beitrag zur kulturellen Identitätsfindung. Band 2: Raffael als Paradigma. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter 2012, 239-254
  • „Polychromie als Herausforderung. Ästhetische Debatten zur Farbigkeit von Skulptur“. In: Heß, Gilbert; Agazzi, Elena; Décultot, Elisabeth (eds):  Klassizistisch-romantische Kunst(t)räume. Imaginationen im Europa des 19. Jahrhunderts und ihr Beitrag zur kulturellen Identitätsfindung. Vol. 1: European Philhellenism / Der europäische Philhellenismus. Berlin, New York 2009, 61-84
  • Théodon retrouvé, in: Kunstchronik, 2009: 5, 197-200
  • Wortlose Beredsamkeit. Evokatorische Bildsprache von Michelangelos Römischer Pietà und dem Minerva-Christus, in: Laufhütte, Hartmut (ed): Künste und Natur in Diskursen der Frühen Neuzeit, Wiesbaden: Harassowitz 2000:1, 355-372
  • Historia in statua. Zur Eloquenz plastischer Bildwerke Michelangelos im Umfeld des Christus von Santa Maria sopra Minerva zu Rom, Frankfurt a. M. et al.: Lang 1998.