Birgit Münch
Prof. Dr. Birgit Münch

Prof. Dr. Birgit Münch

University of Bonn
Department of Art History
Regina-Paces-Weg 1
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7732
bmuench@uni-bonn.de
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Current Position

  • Professor for Art History at University of Bonn
  • Co-Director of CERC (Centre Ernst Robert Curtius), Bonn University

Research

In her research project, Birgit Ulrike Münch explores prostitution as a central field of negotiation for urban modes of female dependency in the early modern period. The aim of the project is to re-adjust the network of different asymmetrical dependencies in the field of female occupations, in particular female prostitution, in Amsterdam in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which were essentially shaped by the role of the metropolis in Dutch colonialism. The visualized forms of urban female dependency between prostitution, slavery, and domestic service are to be critically analyzed, as well as the allegedly self-determined work in the brothels. A major desideratum is research on prostitutes from the Amsterdam Black and Asian communities of formerly enslaved persons. How are the forms of dependency of, at least formally, no longer enslaved persons in Amsterdam to be defined? How does the servant relationship shape up for women from Amsterdam, from the colonies, for Black Jewish women, and for daughters of slaveholders?

1 book, 16 (co-)edited volumes, 67 academic articles,12 book reviews. 84 international and national lectures and presentations, 25 (co)-organized workshops and conferences, 11 ongoing doctorate supervisions, 12 completed doctorates as second supervisor; 19 Master and 34 Bachelor theses as supervisor/first reviewer.

Education

  • 2016                         Habilitation , University of Trier (Germany), Venia legendi in Art History
  • 2002–2007             Ph.D. studies in Art History, LMU Munich and University of Trier (summa cum laude), Germany
  • 2003                         M.A. studies in Art History, Medieval and Early Modern History, FU Berlin, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Paris IV-La Sorbonne, France

Academic Positions

  • 2018–2020                Director of the Department of Art History
  • 2016–present            Professor for Art History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2016                            Substitute Professor, Chair for Medieval and Early Modern Art History,Technical University Dresden, Germany
  • 2015                            Research Fellow, Oxford University, Oriel College, (Invitation by Prof. Dr. Lyndal Roper, Regius Chair, History Department)
  • 2010–2015                Lecturer and Academic councilor, Trier University, Germany (including 18 months of parental leave)
  • 2005–2010                Research Assistant, Trier University, Germany
  • 2004–2005                Research Assistant, Bavarian State Office for Monument Conservation, Munich, Germany
  • 2003–2004                Research Assistant, Heidelberg University, Germany 

Awards

  • 2020                            Senior Global Grant, University of St Andrews, joint nomination History and Art History
  • 2008                            Award International Wolfgang-Ratjen-Price (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich) for early career research in the field of graphic arts
  • 2008                            Dissertation Award, Trier University

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects

  • 2020–present          Co-Director: Centre Ernst Robert Curtius (CERC), Bonn University, Germany
  • 2019–present           Scientific Advisory Board Transdisciplinary Research Area 5, University of Excellence Strategy, Bonn University, Germany
  • 2009–present           Board Member: Johannisburger Symposia for Art and Architecture
  • 2007–present           Member of the Executive Board: ANKK (Association for Netherlandish Art and Cultural History), Member of  HNA, RSA, DVfK
  • 2013–present           Member of the Executive Committee of the US-American Association FNA for Early Modern German Studies
  • 2012–2019               Co-Founder and Board Member: Kunsthistorisches Forum Irsee, Organization of annual meetings and publications (7 volumes) on Artist and Society
  • 2008–2016               Member of the Historisch Kulturwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum (HKFZ) Trier, funded by the State Excellence Initiative Rhineland-Palatinate, Trier University,                                        Germany

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2021–present            Member Executive committee of the doctoral studies course AISTHESIS (Universities of Bern, Vienna, Stuttgart, Regensburg and Bonn)
  • 2020–present            Member Scientific Advisory Board Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg
  • 2020–present            Co-Editor of Journal für Kunstgeschichte
  • 2020–present            Member of the editorial committee of Art History. The Open Peer Reviewed Journal
  • 2018–2020                 Research and Exhibition Project: Peter Paul Rubens and the Baroque in the North (Diocesan Museum Paderborn), Scientific board and catalogue author
  • 2016–present            Referee for various research institutions (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen (FWO), Schweizer Nationalfond (SNF), Herzog August Bibliothek                                                        Wolfenbüttel, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation)

Third-Party Funding

  • Cooperation Project (Exhibition and Inventory Catalogue) LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn: The Dutch are back (2020-2022): BMBF
  • Cooperation Project MeWo mentoring programme for Women at the Centre d´Excellence Denis Mukwege (CEFM), Université Evangelique en Afrique (UEA), Democratic Republic of
  • Congo, Federal Foreign Office division fund (2021)
  • Research and Publication grants: Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, DFG, Gielen Leyendecker  Foundation, Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Toronto
  • Travel grants: Samuel H. Kress Foundation 2009-2011 and 2013, DAAD (2011, 2019) Zeit Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius (2010-2011)

Selected Publications

  • Wo der Citoyen dem Dialog der Toten lauschen sollte: Alexandre Lenoirs Musée des Monument français und sein Öffentlichkeitskonzept. In: B. Münch, W. Windorf (eds.): Transformer le monument funéraire: Möglichkeitsräume künstlerischer Überbietung des französischen Monuments im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert, (DFK Paris, Passages online), printed version: Paris 2021.
  • Soll ich bleiben, soll ich gehen? Antwerpen als kulturelles (Transfer)-Zentrum: Arbeitsbedingungen und Migrationsbewegungen flämischer Künstler. In: C. Stiegemann (ed.): Peter Paul Rubens und der Barock im Norden, Kat. Ausst., Petersberg 2020, 46–57.
  • with A. Tacke and W. Augustyn (eds.): MATERIAL CULTURE: Präsenz und Sichtbarkeit von Künstlern, Zünften und Bruderschaften in der Vormoderne. [Presence and Visibility of Artists, Guilds and Brotherhoods in the Premodern Era]. (= artifex: Quellen und Studien zur Künstlersozialgeschichte) [Sources and Studies in the Social History of the Artist]. Petersberg 2018.
  • On the Existence of Confessional Typology in Lutheran Texts and Images. In: S. Perlove, D. Eichberger (ed.): Visual Typology in Early Modern Europe: Continuity and Expansion, Turnhout 2018, 177–190.
  • with Martin Przybilski: Ludwik Flecks Theorie vom Denkkollektiv und die historischen Kulturwissenschaften, In: Zyklos – Jahrbuch für Theorie und Geschichte der Soziologie, 3 Wiesbaden 2017, 53–70.
  • Praying Against Pox: New Reflections on Albrecht Dürer's Jabach Altarpiece. In: D. Cashion, H. Luttikhuizen, A. West (eds.): The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400–1700. Essays in Honor of Larry Silver , Leiden 2011, 256–268.
  • Genremalerei im Theoriediskurs und die „Schwingungsweiten“ der Gattung mit Blick auf die „Melkmeid“ des Lucas van Leyden.  B. Münch, J. Müller (eds.): Peiraikos‘Erbe: Die Genese der Genremalerei bis 1550, Wiesbaden 2015, 51–80.
  • Körper und Karte: Historizität, Topographie und Vermessung medialer Wissensräume der Passion in der Frühen Neuzeit bei Christiaan van Adrichem. In:  H. Aurenhammer, Daniela Bohde (eds.): Räume der Passion. Bern 2015, 49–79.
  • Saints in Inferno? Revisiting Dürer's Martyrdom of the 10.000. In: W. Melion (ed.): Imago Exegetica: Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments. Leiden and Boston 2014, 635–666.
  • Geteiltes Leid: Die Passion Christi in Bildern und Texten der Konfessionalisierung: Von der Reformation bis zu den jesuitischen Großprojekten um 1600. Regensburg 2009.
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