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Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald

Principal Investigator

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Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn 

Department of Asian and Islamic Art History 

Adenauerallee 10 

53113 Bonn

Tel.: +49 228 73-7213

E-Mail: julia.hegewald[at]

 Current Position: 

Director of the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History (AIK), Professor of Oriental Art


1991-1998     BA in Art and Archaeology with Nepali, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University                                 of London; Sanskrit and Hindi Studies, University of Cambridge, the North India Institute of                                        Language Study, Mussoorie, India
1998              MA, University of Oxford
1994-1998      PhD in History of Indian Architecture, SOAS
2008              Habilitation, University of Aachen, Venia legendi for South Asian Art History

Academic Positions

1998-2005      Junior Research Fellow, Research Fellow, University of Oxford
2005-2007     Head of an Emmy Noether-Research Project (DFG) and Research Assistant, South Asia Insitute                                   (SAI), Heidelberg University
2007-2010      Lecturer and Reader at the University of Manchster
2010-present   Professor of Oriental Art, BoU

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects: 

Member of the 'Nepal Network', responsible for the preservation of Nepal's cultural heritage following the 2015 earthquake (since 2015); Founding member and board member of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA) (since 2012); Collaboration in the cluster of excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows", Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg (2008-2010); Member of the special research area "Dynamics of Ritual" (Cluster 619) University of Heidelberg (2004-2007); Head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "Jainism in Karnataka: History, Architecture and Religion" (DFG) (2005-2014); Founding member of the Cam-Kar Research Institute in Mysore, India (since 2002)

Additional Academic Activities: 

Editor of the series “Studies in Asian Art and Culture” (SAAC) at EB-Verlag Berlin (since 2014); Member of the editor's office of the “Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies” (WZKS) (since 2010); Member of the editorial committee of “Contemporary South Asia” (since 2010); Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Jaina Studies (IJJS)


JH focuses on artistic and architectural expressions of different forms of dependency in Asian, particularly South Asian, art and architecture. She employs the theory of ‘re-use’ to show how different people have reacted in a variety of situations of extreme dependency, frequently in very creative ways, to integrate the old and the new, to bridge divides and eventually to contribute to cultural processes which are able to heal and mediate between at times wide and violent disparities of cultural expression.


Prix en études indiennes der Fondation Colette Caillat (2010); Distinguished Achievement Medal - Researcher of the Year der University of Manchester (2009)
2 books, 2 edited volumes, 64 academic articles, 5 book reviews and 10 articles in newspapers and magazines. 100 international and national lectures and presentations, 1 completed, 12 ongoing doctorate supervisions, 15 Master and 29 Bachelor theses as supervisor/first reviewer

External Funding: 

German Research Foundation (DFG) (Emmy Noether Fellowship 2002-2004, Emmy Noether Research Group 2005-2014); Individual project fundings (Wingate Foundation 2001-2003, Society for South Asian Studies 1999); Publication grants (Ernst Waldschmidt Foundation 2007, British Academy 2000)

Selected Publications:

  1. With Subrata K. Mitra (eds.), Re-use. The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety. New Delhi 2012.
  2. Building Citizenship: The Agency of Public Buildings and Urban Planning in the Making of the Indian Citizen, in: S. K. Mitra (ed.), Citizenship in South Asia. New Delhi 2012, 291-337.
  3. (ed.), The Jaina Heritage: Distinction, Decline and Resilience. New Delhi 2011.
  4. Visual and Conceptual Links between Jaina Cosmological, Mythological and Ritual Instruments, International Journal of Jaina Studies (IJJS) (Online), 6, 1, 2010, 1-20.
  5. Jaina Temple Architecture in India: The Development of a Distinct Language in Space and Ritual. Berlin 2009.
  6. Sacred Place and Structured Space: Temple architecture and pilgrimage in Jainism, in: P. Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection. New York 2009, 90-110.
  7. Jala Mandirs, Tīrtha Paṭas and Cosmic Islands: Creating, Replicating and Representing Landscape in Jaina Art and Architecture, in: G. J. R. Mevissen and A. Banerji (eds.), Prajñādhara: Essays on Asian Art History, Epigraphy and Culture in Honour of Gouriswar Bhattacharya. New Delhi 2009, 422-437 and plates 43.1-43.20.
  8. Domes, Tombs and Minarets: Islamic Influences on Jaina Architecture, in: A. Hardy (ed.), The Temple in South Asia. Volume 2 of the proceedings of the 18th conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, London 2005. London 2007, 179-190.
  9. Architectural, Sculptural and Religious Change: A New Interpretation of the Jaina Temples at Khajuraho, in: P. Flügel (ed.), Studies in Jaina History and Culture: Disputes and Dialogues. London and New York 2006, 401-418.
  10. Water Architecture in South Asia: A Study of Types Developments and Meanings. Leiden 2002.
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