Faculty of Humanities / Department of History of Art / European Forum
Prof. Bianca Kühnel
Professor Bianca Kühnel
Jack Cotton Professor of Architecture and Fine Arts, Department of the History of Art >>, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director, European Forum at the Hebrew University >>
Head of the Center for German Studies >>
Study of Medieval History and History of Art at the Hebrew University, PhD 1981.
Visiting positions (selection): CESM Poitiers (1976/7), Free University Berlin (1983/5), CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1990), Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome (1999), Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (2000/1), Max Planck Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz (2007/8), Ruprecht-Karl Universität Heidelberg, Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows’ (2009/10).
Current 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
Chair, Department of the History of Art (1990/3); Director of the Center for Jewish Art (1995/6); Representative of the Faculty of Humanities to the Lady Davis Fellowships Committee (1997-2000); Member of the academic committee of Magnes Publishing House (1998/2000); Chair, The Central Admission Committee of the HU (1999/2003); Member of the academic committee of the Robert and Clarice Smith Center of the History of Art (since 2003); Director, Helmut Kohl Institute for European Studies (2002/5); Member of the academic committee of the Center for the Research of Eretz‐Israel, Yad Izhak Ben‐Zvi Jerusalem (2002/6); Member of the academic committee of the Open University (2003/2008); Head of the Hebrew University's Promotions Committee in the Non‐Experimental Sciences (2004/7); Founder and Director, European Forum at the HU (2005-2012); Founder and Head of the Center for German Studies (2007-2012).
Select Grants and Prizes
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1982/7); Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1990); German‐Israeli Foundation Research Grant (2000/3 and 2009/12); Alexander von Humboldt‐Stiftung Fellowship (1983/5) and Research Award (2007/9); Fritz Thyssen Foundation Research Grant (2006/09); Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the HU, Conference Grant (2010); Max‐Planck‐Gesellschaft, Minerva‐Gentner Symposium Grant (2011); ERC Advanced Research Grant (2010/15).
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