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Astrid Schmetterling

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Visual Cultures/ Acting Head of Department
Department Visual Cultures
Email a.schmetterling (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7079
Astrid Schmetterling

Astrid Schmetterling’s research focuses on the relation between history, culture and memory, between the act of bearing witness and the act of making art. In this context, she is interested in contemporary international arts practices (see her co-authored book with Lynn Turner on Visual Cultures as Recollection and her articles on Arnold Dreyblatt, Vivienne Koorland, Ulrike Grossarth and Uriel Orlow) as well as in early 20th century German culture (see her work on Charlotte Salomon and Else Lasker-Schüler). Schmetterling’s writing is informed by the insights of diaspora, postcolonial and transcultural memory studies.

Academic Qualifications

MA in Arts Criticism, City University, London, 1990

BA (Hons) in Art History and German Literature, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1986

Teaching

Normally, Astrid Schmetterling teaches the MA Special Subject ‘Transcultural Memory’ and is part of the 'Modernities' team on the BA Year 1 programme. In 2016-17, she is contributing to the MA Core Course in the autumn term and will be on Sabbatical during the spring term.

Area of supervision

Being part of the department’s research clusters ‘Culture, Memory, Futurity’ and ‘Globalization and Transcultural Practices’, Astrid Schmetterling supervises projects on questions of memory in relation to modern and contemporary representational practices. She also welcomes proposals that pertain to issues of post colonialism and the global circulation of culture.

Membership of Professional Associations

Astrid Schmetterling is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)

Selected Recent Presentations

‘Uriel Orlows Unmade Film: Ein multidirektionaler Raum für palästinensische und israelische traumatische Erinnerungen’, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 2016.

‘Dor Guez: the Sick Man of Europe’, ICA, London, 2015.

‘Charlotte Salomon: Jüdin, Exilantin, Künstlerin’, Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin, 2015.

‘Erinnerung’, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden, 2014.

‘Uriel Orlow’s Unmade Film: A Multidirectional Archive for Palestinian and Israeli Traumatic Memory’, Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance, York St. John University, York, 2013.

‘”Heim nach Polen”: Yael Bartanas Projekt der Jüdischen Renaissance Bewegung in Polen’, Unentrinnbares, Unzerstörbares? Zum Jüdischen und dessen Diskurs in der deutschjüdischen Literatur und Philosophie, ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 2013.

Research Interests

Astrid Schmetterling’s research focuses on the relation between history, culture and memory, between the act of bearing witness and the act of making art. In this context, she is interested in contemporary international arts practices (see her co-authored book with Lynn Turner on Visual Cultures as Recollection and her articles on Arnold Dreyblatt, Vivienne Koorland, Ulrike Grossarth and Uriel Orlow) as well as in early 20th century German culture (see her work on Charlotte Salomon and Else Lasker-Schüler). Schmetterling’s writing is informed by the insights of diaspora, postcolonial and transcultural memory studies.

Publications

Book

Visual Cultures As Recollection
Schmetterling, Astrid and Turner, Lynn. 2013. Visual Cultures As Recollection. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-943365-40-5

Bilder eines Lebens. Charlotte Salomon 1917-1943
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2001. Bilder eines Lebens. Charlotte Salomon 1917-1943. Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag. ISBN 3633541683

Book Section

‘Uriel Orlow’s “Unmade Film”: A Multidirectional Archive for Palestinian and Israeli Traumatic Memory’
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2017. ‘Uriel Orlow’s “Unmade Film”: A Multidirectional Archive for Palestinian and Israeli Traumatic Memory’. In: Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann and Karmenlara Ely, eds. Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance. New York: Brooklyn Arts Press, pp. 136-143. ISBN 978-1-936767-41-0

'Szepty Bławatne / Das Flüstern der Stoffe / The Whispering of Fabric. Ulrike Grossarth'
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2011. 'Szepty Bławatne / Das Flüstern der Stoffe / The Whispering of Fabric. Ulrike Grossarth'. In: , ed. Stoffe aus Lublin. Leipzig: Spector Books, pp. 77-92. ISBN 978-3-940064-16-5

"Das ist direkt ein Diebstahl an den Kunsthistorikern". Else Lasker-Schülers bildnerisches Werk im kunsthistorischen Kontext
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2010. "Das ist direkt ein Diebstahl an den Kunsthistorikern". Else Lasker-Schülers bildnerisches Werk im kunsthistorischen Kontext. In: Ricarda Dick, ed. Else Lasker-Schüler. Die Bilder. Berlin: Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag, pp. 159-193. ISBN 9783633542468

Inscriptions of Difference in Charlotte Salomon's Work
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2006. Inscriptions of Difference in Charlotte Salomon's Work. In: Michael Steinberg and Monica Bohm-Duchen, eds. Reading Charlotte Salomon. New York: Cornell University Press, pp. 140-147. ISBN 9780801439711

‘Charlotte Salomons “Leben? Oder Theater?“ Ein Werk jenseits der Assimilation’
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2004. ‘Charlotte Salomons “Leben? Oder Theater?“ Ein Werk jenseits der Assimilation’. In: E. Müller and Andrea Schatz, eds. Der Differenz auf der Spur. Frauen und Gender in Aschkenas. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 286-303. ISBN 978-3936411478

'Nachwort'
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2001. 'Nachwort'. In: , ed. Helga Weissová, Zeichne, was Du siehst. Zeichnungen eines Kindes aus Theresienstadt. Frankfurt am Main: Insel, pp. 94-111. ISBN 3-458-34456-X

Article

‘Biographien jüdischer Frauen: Zur Aktualität Charlotte Salomons’
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2015. ‘Biographien jüdischer Frauen: Zur Aktualität Charlotte Salomons’. Medaon – Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung, 9(17), pp. 1-5.

‘K. Hannah Holtschneider, The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum’ (Book Review)
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2013. ‘K. Hannah Holtschneider, The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum’ (Book Review). Journal of Jewish Studies, 64(2), pp. 427-430. ISSN 0022-2097

“I am Jussuf of Egypt”: Else Lasker-Schüler’s Orientalist Drawings
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2012. “I am Jussuf of Egypt”: Else Lasker-Schüler’s Orientalist Drawings. Ars Judaica, 8, pp. 81-98.

Vivienne Koorland: Reisemalheurs (Travel Woes)
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2008. Vivienne Koorland: Reisemalheurs (Travel Woes). Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 6(1), pp. 88-97. ISSN 14759756

Archival Obsessions: Arnold Dreyblatt's Memory Work
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2007. Archival Obsessions: Arnold Dreyblatt's Memory Work. Art Journal, 66(4), pp. 70-83. ISSN 0004-3249

Encounters at the Site of Trauma
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2006. Encounters at the Site of Trauma. Third Text, 20(5), pp. 561-570. ISSN 09528822

Irene Below: Hidden Treasures. Irma Stern. Her Books, Painted Book Covers and Bookplates
Schmetterling, Astrid. 2002. Irene Below: Hidden Treasures. Irma Stern. Her Books, Painted Book Covers and Bookplates. Frauen Kunst Wissenschaft(34), pp. 88-92. ISSN 0935-6967

Tracing the Life (or Theatre?) of Charlotte Salomon
Schmetterling, Astrid. 1997. Tracing the Life (or Theatre?) of Charlotte Salomon. Issues in Architecture Art & Design, 5(1), pp. 115-128. ISSN 0960-8648