Julia A. B. Hegewald
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Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald

University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Asian and Islamic Art History (AIK)
Adenauerallee 10
D-53111 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7213

Current Position

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


Julia Hegewald 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.

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.


  • 2008                         Habilitation, University of Aachen (Germany), Venia legendi for South Asian Art History
  • 1994–1998             Ph.D. in History of Indian Architecture, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
  • 1998                         M.A. at the University of Oxford, UK
  • 1991–1998             B.A. in Art and Archaeology with Nepali, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK; Sanskrit and Hindi Studies, University of Cambridge;
                                      The North India Institute of Language Study, Mussoorie, India

Academic Positions

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


  • 2010                         Prix en études indiennes der Fondation Colette Caillat
  • 2009                         Distinguished Achievement Medal – Researcher of the Year der University of Manchester, UK

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

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

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2014–present          Editor of the series "Studies in Asian Art and Culture" (SAAC), EB-Verlag Berlin
  • 2010–present          Member of the editor's office of the "Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies" (WZKS)
  • 2010–present          Member of the editorial committee of WContemporary South Asia"”
  •                                    Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Jaina Studies (IJJS)

Third-Party 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

  • and Subrata K. Mitra, eds. 2012. Re-use. The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety. New Delhi: SAGE India.

  •  2012. “Building Citizenship. The Agency of Public Buildings and Urban Planning in the Making of the Indian Citizen.” In Citizenship as Cultural Flow. Structure, Agency and Power, edited by Subrata K. Mitra, 229–263. Berlin: Springer.

  • ed. 2011. The Jaina Heritage. Distinction, Decline and Resilience. New Delhi: Saṁskṛiti.

  • 2009. “Visual and Conceptual Links between Jaina Cosmological, Mythological and Ritual Instruments.” International Journal of Jaina Studies 6(1): 1–20.

  • 2009. Jaina Temple Architecture in India. The Development of a Distinct Language in Space and Ritual. Monographien zur indischen Archäologie, Kunst und Philologie 19. Berlin: G+H Verlag.

  • 2009. “Sacred Place and Structured Space. Temple Architecture and Pilgrimage in Jainism.” In Victorious Ones. Jain Images of Perfection, edited by Phyllis Granoff, 90–110. New York: Rubin Museum of Art.

  • 2009. “Jala Mandirs, Tīrtha Paṭas and Cosmic Islands. Creating, Replicating and Representing Landscape in Jaina Art and Architecture.” In Prajñādhara. Essays on Asian Art History, Epigraphy and Culture in Honour of Gouriswar Bhattacharya, edited by Gerd J. R. Mevissen and Arudhati Banerji, 422–437 and plates 43.1–43.20. New Delhi: Kaveri Books.

  • 2007. “Domes, Tombs and Minarets. Islamic Influences on Jaina Architecture.” In The Temple in South Asia. Volume 2 of the Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, London 2005, edited by Adam Hardy, 179–190. London: British Association for South Asian Studies.

  • 2006. “Architectural, Sculptural and Religious Change. A New Interpretation of the Jaina Temples at Khajuraho.” In Studies in Jaina History and Culture. Disputes and Dialogues, edited by Peter Flügel, 401–418. New York: Routledge.2002. Water Architecture in South Asia. A Study of Types, Developments and Meanings. Studies in Asian Art and Architecture 24. Leiden: Brill.

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