Team of the SNSF Sinergia Project

Prof. Dr. Peter J. Schneemann

Coordinating Principal Investigator (Lead) of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” – Subproject: “Formations of the Ethical Imperative: From Postmodernity to Relational Aesthetics and the Contemporary Period, 1960–2019”

Peter J. Schneemann is full professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern and director of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History. Since his fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz one of his areas of research concerns the modes of mediating the ecological urgency. His research interests include: American art history, discourse analysis, paradigms of art observation, ecology, art education, archive processes, display, and museology. One of his latest publications is: Localizing the Contemporary. The Kunsthalle Bern as a Model, 2018.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl

Prinicipal Investigator of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” – Subproject: “Ecological Imaginaries: Eco-Ekphrasis in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century North American Fiction”

Full Professor and Chair of North American Literature and Culture at the University of Bern. She also serves as vice dean and, since 2019, as a member of the Swiss National Science Council. She has held fellowships at Sidney Sussex College (Cambridge), at the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies (Cologne), and at UCLA. Her research interests include intermediality, ekphrasis in contemporary Anglophone literature, the environmental humanities and cultural sustainability. Selected Publications: Cultural Sustainability. Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (2019, with T. Meireis) and Handbook of Intermediality ( 2015).

Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble

Principal Investigator of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” – Subproject “Indigenous Futurisms: Counter-publics in the
Slipstream”

Professor for Social Anthropology with a focus on Media Anthropology at the University of Bern. Michaela trained as a documentary filmmaker and currently heads the graduate programme SINTA – Studies in the Arts.
She held research posts and fellowships at Harvard University, GCVA at Manchester University, UCL – University College London and at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Bologna. Her research interests and publications include reenactment and religious performances, trance cults (particularly in the Mediterranean) as well as artistic research and experimental ethnography.

Prof. Dr. Peter Krieger

Principal Investigator of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” – Subproject: “Political Geo-Aesthetics of the Anthropocene: The Production and Distribution of Paradigmatic Visual Formulae Representing Human Impacts on Earth”

Peter Krieger, Ph.D. (art history, Hamburg University), since 1998 Research Professor at the Institute of Aesthetic Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 2004 2012 vice president of the International Committee of Art History, CIHA/UNESCO. In 2016 Aby Warburg Professor at the Warburg Haus Hamburg; in 2017 visiting professor at the universities of Regensburg and Tübingen. Research and publications on the political iconography, aesthetics and ecology of city and landscape, and on the neo-baroque in the 21st century (Visual Epidemics. Las Vegas Neo-Baroque in Mexico City; 2017).

Dr. Toni Hildebrandt

Coordinator and Advanced Postdoc of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” – Subproject: “Formations of the Ethical Imperative: From Postmodernity to Relational Aesthetics and the Contemporary Period, 1960–2019”

After receiving his PhD in Art History at the University of Basel in 2014, for which he received the “Wolfgang-Ratjen award”, Toni Hildebrandt has been working at the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History at University of Bern since 2014. He was a guest lecturer at University of Basel, the University of the Arts in Bern, the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and New York University, and he held fellowships at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome (2013-2017), the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (2019) and the Walter Benjamin Kolleg (2020) at University of Bern.

Doctoral students of the SNSF Sinergia Project:

Alice Gustson (MA, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Doctoral Student – Subproject: “Formations of the Ethical Imperative: From Postmodernity to Relational Aesthetics and the Contemporary Period, 1960–2019”

Dissertation project: “Out of Space – Into Space. A phenomenological analysis of aesthetic environments: space exploration in artistic-scientific projects from the 1960s – today”

Holding degrees in Cultural Studies (Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen), Art History and Curatorial Studies (Goethe-Universität & Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main), Alice Gustson is interested in shared problem areas of artistic work and scientific research. With a focus on the visual arts from the 1960s onwards, she explores and questions the relationship between (ecological) aesthetics and epistemology. In her PhD project she will investigate artworks operating with and as natural and artificial environments and address them as sites of documentation, models of speculative realities and imaginative future scenarios.

Qiao Hu (MA, Boston University)

Doctoral Student – Scholarship of the Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Arts; Associate in the Subproject: “Formations of the Ethical Imperative: From Postmodernity to Relational Aesthetics and the Contemporary Period, 1960–2019”

Dissertation project: “Mapping the Smellscape of Altermodern: Olfactory Art and Multidimensional Art History, 1960-2019”

Jonathan Sarfin (MA, University of Bern)

Doctoral Student – Subproject: “Ecological Imaginaries: Eco-Ekphrasis in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century North American Fiction”

Dissertation project: “Word/Image Relations and the Ecological Imperative in Contemporary North American Literature: Towards a Theory of Eco-Ekphrasis”

Jonathan received his MA from the University of Bern in 2021. His thesis, The Sublime Encounter with Waste in Don DeLillo’s Underworld: Discards, Death, and the “Sting of Enlightenment”, examined Underworld’s aestheticization of waste. In 2020, he participated in The Unknown Factor: Literary Echoes in the Work of Lee Krasner, a collaboration between the English Department at the University of Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee. Research interests: Description in 20th and 21st century North American fiction, intermediality and ekphrasis, landscape art, and ecological narrative.

Georgina Sánchez Celaya (MA, UNAM, Mexico City)

Doctoral Student – Subproject: “Political Geo-Aesthetics of the Anthropocene: The Production and Distribution of Paradigmatic Visual Formulae Representing Human Impacts on Earth”

Dissertation project: “Dismantling the Capitalocene Era: Political Iconography of Socio-environmental Struggles, Ecofeminism, and Geoparks. Modes and Formats to Rethink Extractivism”

She holds a BA in History and MA in Art History, specialized in Curatorial Studies at UNAM. In 2015 she received the Miguel Covarrubias Award on Museography and Museums Research (INAH) and in 2019 Honorary Mention for Best MA Dissertation on Water Resources (UNAM). From 2017 to 2018, she was Chief of Research and Curator in the project “M68 Citizens in Motion”. In 2020 she worked as an Academic Coordinator at the Institute of Aesthetic Research in Oaxaca. Her current research interest is the relation between climate change narratives, visual culture, and ecological conflicts in the Americas.

Andrea Bordoli (MA, University of Manchester)

Doctoral Student – Subproject: “Indigenous Futurisms: Counter-publics in the Slipstream”

Dissertation project: “Burnt Creek: Collaborative eco-audiovisual approaches to indigeneity and multispecies assemblages in northern Québec mining communities”

Andrea Bordoli has a background in Visual Anthropology (MA, University of Manchester), Visual Arts – Cinema (BFA, HEAD – Genève), and Anthropology and Philosophy (BA, Neuchâtel University). Combining anthropological research and audiovisual media practice, his work explores human-environment relationships and multispecies entanglements in sensitive and remote territorial ecologies. Following multiple fieldworks on agro-hydro-electric Swiss alpine landscapes, he currently focuses on extractive industries, more-than-human ontologies and indigeneity in Canadian Sub-Arctic territories. His works have been presented in academic settings and exhibited in film festivals and art spaces nationally and internationally.

Research Grant

SNSF Sinergia Project “Mediating the Ecological Imperative: Formats and Modes of Engagement”