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Prof. Valerie O'Donnell

Cardiff University

Field

Biology, Chemistry, Human medicine, Pharmacology

Academic discipline

Life sciences/Psychology/Medicine/Veterinary medicine, Natural sciences/Engineering/Agricultural sciences

Area of specialisation

Lipidomics, mass spectrometry, immunology, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, eicosanoids

Research interests

My group specialises in the identification and characterisation of new lipid mediators of inflammation and immunity using lipidomic mass spectrometry. Over the last 7 years, we have found 42 new lipids and worked out their chemical structures. We now are focused on elucidating their biological functions. They appear to play key roles in innate immunity, including regulation of coagulation. In addition we are developing a new approach for discovery of additional lipids, based on high resolution mass spectrometry, that will be applied to cohort samples of cardiovascular disease and dementia. Our studies are funded by British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust and European Research Council.


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Dr. Vera Beyer


Freie Universität Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Transcultural art history Illuminated manuscripts in Persia and north of the Alps Connections between the arts in Christian and Islamic contexts Ornaments Frames Francisco Goya Theory of images

Prof. Dr. Régine Bonnefoit


Université de Neuchâtel

Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau


Universität Duisburg-Essen

Area of specialisation

North American Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies

Research interests

literary and cultural history of North America politics and poetics of multicultural literature theories of knowledge uses of literature religious typology ethnic and racial stereotyping: sounds, sights, verbal features Inter-American studies

Prof. Dr. Robin Michelle Curtis


Universität Düsseldorf

Area of specialisation

Media Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies, Bildwissenschaft, Kulturwissenschaft

Research interests

The Nature of Abstraction, Theories of Immersion, Affect and the Moving Image, the History of Filmic Avant-garde within the Context of Art History, Expanded Cinema as a precursor to contemporary Installation Art, Einfühlung, Empathy and Neuroscientific Aesthetics.

Prof. Dr. Faustina Doufikar-Aerts


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

Cultural transfer and dissimination of literary, artistic and religious motifs from antiquity into the Islamic world, in particular the oriental Alexander tradition in the languages and cultures of the Middle East, Africa, central Asia and south-east Asia.

Research interests

Literary-historical research into the Alexander cycle in historical, religious, literary, philosophical and scientifical sources and popular epics from the Arabic and Islamic world Gog and Magog and Islamic eschatology Codicology and Paleography of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts Traditional art, calligraphy and miniaturepainting of the Islamic world De Susannah-tradition: interreligious and transcultural transmission of motifs in Jewish, Christian and Islamic sources Arabic popular epics: structure and liguisitic and paleographic features Wisdom literature

Prof. Dr. Sybille Ebert-Schifferer


Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom

Area of specialisation

Italian painting and sculpture of the 16th and 17th centuries, European painting of the Baroque period

Research interests

Painting in Rome 1580-1630 The transfer of culture to and from Italy during the Renaissance and Baroque The development of style in connection with social networks Physiognomy and the language of gestures in painting Still life and Trompe-l'Oeil

PD Dr. Dr. Erna Fiorentini


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art History, History of Science, Classical Archaeology

Research interests

History and Theory of Vision and Visualization Relationship between Art and Science Aesthetics and Epistemology of Image Production Processes Concepts of Space History and Theory of Landscape Painting History and Theory of Drawing and Graphics Early Modern Portraits Methods of Art History and the History of Science

Prof. Dr. Monika Flacke


Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art history, illustrated history, museums and exhibitions

Research interests

Construction of history and memory in times of crises Exhibition theory Museum and collection history

Prof. Dr. Andrea Gottdang


Universität Salzburg

Area of specialisation

Italian painting, 19th century German painting, interrelationship between the arts (in particular, between music and painting)

Prof. Dr. Margit Kern


Universität Hamburg

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Art of the early modern period and the late mediaeval period; double-coding and resemantization of signs, as well as transcultural processes of negotiation in visual cultures; Mexican and Spanish art of the 19th and 20th centuries, photography

Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk


Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art and new media

Research interests

Images of assassinations and terror Art exhibitions and their history Spatial arrangements in laboratories and modern mass transportation interiors Art and the natural sciences History of methods

PD Dr. Sabine Koller


Universität Regensburg

Area of specialisation

Slavic studies and Yiddish studies

Research interests

Literary and cultural theories; intermediality; intertextuality; Russian and Yiddish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries; literature and paintings by the Jews of eastern Europe; intertextual relationships among the (eastern-European Jewish) literatures in Russian, Polish and Yiddish; cities as texts (research concentration: Russian literature)

Prof. Dr. Katharina Krause


Philipps-Universität Marburg

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

French art and architecture and their influence in the German-speaking countries in the 17th and 18th centuries The visual arts in southern Germany around the year 1500 Image and text in the professional art history literature

Prof. Bianca Kühnel


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Area of specialisation

History of Art. Medieval art and architecture.

Research interests

Visual Translations of Jerusalem The Holy Land and Europe: Spiritual and Material Bridges The “Holy Lands” of Europe: Architectural Emblems Cult of Sites and Cult of Saints: Studies in the Theory of the Image The Medieval Image of the World: Visual Dimensions of Medieval Science

Prof. Vivian Liska


University of Antwerp

Area of specialisation

German Literature (19th-20th century); Modernism, Comparative Literature; German-Jewish Literature and Thought; Literature and Philosophy

Research interests

German-Jewish Literature and Thought Modernism Literary Theory Literature and Philosophy

Jun.-Prof. Henrike Manuwald


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Dr. Therese Martin


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

Area of specialisation

History of Medieval Art and Architecture

Research interests

Women's contributions to medieval art and architecture Art of the three faiths of medieval Iberia Romanesque architecture and sculpture Spanish medieval palaces

Prof. Dr. Ethel Matala de Mazza


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

German Literature (18th century to present)

Research interests

History of the Political Imaginary, Theory and History of Genres, Interrelations between Law and Literature, Cultural Theory

Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky


Universität der Künste Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art history (Middle Ages, Early Modern - Italy and the Netherlands), sculpture, topography, landscape painting, political iconography, concepts related to the historical understanding of space

Research interests

Memory Topography and landscape Knowledge of the Arts / Artistic skills Nation building Construction of social reality in cinema

Prof. Silvia Naef


Université de Genève

Area of specialisation

History of Art of the Middle East

Research interests

Modern Art of the Middle East Images and Representations in Islam

Prof. Dr. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati


Universität Zürich

Area of specialisation

Study of Religion

Research interests

Theories and methods of the study of religion Media and religion in culture and society Image, text and visuality Film and religion Gender and religion Religion in the public space and space theories Hermeneutics in the Study of Religion History of religion in antiquity and Europe

Prof. Dr. Renate Prochno


Universität Salzburg

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl


Universität Bern

Prof. Dr. Steffi Roettgen


Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Prof. Serena Romano


Université de Lausanne

Area of specialisation

History of Art

Research interests

Medieval Painting and culture; Renaissance; Italian art

Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy


Technische Universität Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Art and the transfer of culture in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries Museum and collection history Art theft and looted art

Dr. Kerstin Thomas


Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Research on emotion French art of the 19th century History of science

Prof. Dr. Vasiliki Tsamakda


Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Area of specialisation

Christian archaeology and Byzantine art history

Research interests

Catacomb painting, book illumination, monumental art, North African ceramics, Byzantium and the West

Prof. Dr. C.A. van Eck


Universiteit Leiden

Area of specialisation

Early modern art and architecture; rhetoric and the arts; art and anthropology

Research interests

rhetoric and the arts; art and agency; iconoclasm, idolatry and fetishism; the sublime; architecture in London and Paris in the 17th and 18th centuries

Dr. Elisabeth Vavra


Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit der ÖAW (IMAREAL)

Area of specialisation

Realia studies

Research interests

Iconography and interpretation of images Historical study of images Gender history Study of dress

Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch


Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

PD Dr. Annette Vowinckel


Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung

Area of specialisation

Zeitgeschichte, Kulturgeschichte des Politischen, Mediengeschichte, Historische Theorie

Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel


Technische Universität Dortmund

Area of specialisation

German and Dutch art history of the 15th-17th centuries, collection history, court culture, late mediaeval urban culture, art history and cultural memory, art history and education

PD Dr. Anja Zimmermann


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Art and art history from the 18. century to the present Art and the natural sciences Gender studies History of science


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