Main Focus

Emotion research

  • Insensibility. Unfeelingness. Desensitization
  • Stoicism. Apathy

Regions, topics, and approaches

  • Britain and the British Empire (c. 1600 to 1900). Anglo-/British-Chinese relations
  • History of literature. History of art. Visual culture. Political iconography. Political rhetorics. Portraiture. Biography and life-writing
  • History of the public sphere. Intellectual history. History of knowledge.


Project Participation


Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD in History of Art and English Literature, Humboldt University Berlin / King's College London (binational collaborative degree/co-tutelle), January 2018
  • Assistant, Cultural Foundation of the German Länder (Kulturstiftung der Länder e.V.), Berlin, 2011-2014
  • MA in Art History, Freie Universität Berlin, 2011
  • Studied art history, classical archaeology, and German literature in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Cambridge
  • Additional degree: BA in China Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 2017-2020

Awards

  • BOOST!-Programme, a measure in the area of talent management and equal opportunities by the Max Planck Society, 2019
  • PhD grant, German Academic Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2014-2017

    Events

    • Politik (o)der Gefühle: Der Demokratie-Dialog (May to June 2019, 27 & 28. November 2019, MPIB)
    • (Un)Like. Life Writing and Portraiture, c. 1700 to the present (King's College London, 3 May 2019)
    • Capitalist Cold. Debating and Depicting Callousness in Europe and America, ca. 1840 to the present (6 to 7 December 2018, MPIB)

    Memberships
    German Association of Historians.
    Association of German Art Historians. Association for Art History/UK. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)/UK. German Studies Association/USA.
    Twitter:
    @kerstinmpahl 


    Selected Publications

    • "Proclamations of Neutrality. Disinterest and Deliberation in Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington ('The Lansdowne Portrait', 1796)," in Philipp Ekardt, Frank Fehrenbach, Cornelia Zumbusch, eds., Politische Emotionen in den Künsten / Political Emotions in the Arts (Berlin: De Gruyter 2021), 95-100.
    • "Morphings at Meta-Levels. Ovid, John Dryden and the Art of Likeness in Translation," in Karl E. Enenkel and J. L. de Jong, eds., Intersections: Re-Inventing Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 1300-1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 423-442.
    • "The Language of Love's Lessening. Falling out of Love and Nineteenth-Century English Literature," Cultural and Social History 16 (2019), 1-16 [open access].
    • "Autographing the Self. Self-Portrayal Through Lettering in Eighteenth-Century England," Journal18:Self/Portrait #8 (Herbst 2019) [open access].
    • "Joint Adventures. Company and Companions in Seventeenth-Century English Travelling Culture," in Karl Enenkel and Jan L. de Jong, eds., Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture: Artes Apodemicae and Early Modern Travelling Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 195-214 [abstract].
    • "An Intersectional Likeness. Godfrey Kneller’s Portrait of Michael Alphonsus Shen Fuzong ('The Chinese Convert', 1687)," Revue Histoire de l’Art 82:1 (2018: Special Issue: Asie-Occident), 97-108.
    • "Frontverläufe. Biographische Darstellungen John Miltons als politische Stellungnahmen im englischen 18. Jahrhundert," in Christoph Klein and Falko Schnicke, eds., Legitimationsmechanismen des Biographischen (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2016), 184-204 [review].
    • "Starke Schwäche. Zur Aktualität von Benjamin Wests 'Tod des General Wolfe', oder: Gedanken über die ästhetische Funktion des nicht-idealen Körpers im politischen Diskurs," in Martin Doll and Oliver Kohns, eds., Die zwei Körper der Nation. Ästhetische Figurationen des Politischen (München: Beck, 2016), 505-533.
    • "Variation als Aneignung: Affirmation und Demarkation in der Dürer-Biographik zwischen 1790 und 1840," in Beate Boeckem, B. Schellewald, and Olaf Peters, eds., Die Biographie – Mode und Universalie? (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, with Lukas Werner), 89-100.
    • "Milton als Modell und Medium. Schlaglichter eines Diskurses im englischen 18. Jahrhundert," in Sonja Georgi,  Julia Ilgner, Isabell Lammel, Cathleen Sarti, and Christine Waldschmidt, eds., Geschichtstransformationen. Medien, Verfahren und Funktionalisierungen historischer Rezeption (Mainz: transcript, 2014), 343-366. [Review]
    • "Einheit und Variation: Die Töchter des Johann Julius von Vieth und Golßenau, um 1773," in Robert Eberhardt, ed., Anton Graff. Porträts eines Porträtisten (Berlin: Wolff, 2013), 50-53.
    • "The Poetics and Politics of Romney’s 'Milton and his Daughters' (1793)," in Transactions of the Romney Society 17 (2012), 20-29.
    Interviews and essays

    Reviews

    • Regina Toepfer, Kinderlosigkeit. Ersehnte, verweigerte und bereute Elternschaft im Mittelalter (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020): "Zuflucht beim gefährlichen Dritten", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (21 November 2020).
    • Anna Machin, "Papa werden". Zur Entstehung des modernen Vaters. Zur Entstehung des modernen Vaters [The Life of Dad. The Making of a Modern Father] (Munich: Antje Kunstmann, 2020): "Im Kreißsaal wird mitgezittert", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (3 March 2020).
    • John Ruskin, Grundlagen des Zeichnens, trans. by Helmut Moysich, with an afterword by Wolfgang Kemp (Mainz: Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2019): "Wie fein sich doch die Natur komponiert," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (28 December 2019).
    • Nara B. Milanich, Paternity. The Elusive Quest for the Father (Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 2019): "Wer soll als legitimer Erbe gelten?", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (4 October 2019).
    • Kate Manne, Down Girl. Die Logik der Misogynie. Aus dem Englischen von Ulrike Bischoff (Berlin : Suhrkampf, 2019); Donna Zuckerberg, Not All Dead White Men. Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2018): "Das Patriarchat als Allerweltsformel," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (04 June 2019).
    • Eva Illouz, Warum Liebe endet. Eine Soziologie negativer Beziehungen. Aus dem Englischen von Michael Adrian (Berlin: Suhrkamp, Berlin 2018): "Keine Dating-App ist auch keine Lösung," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (02 Jan 2019).

    In preparation

    Books and special issues

    • Author: Lives in Portraits. Biographical Cultures in England, c. 1680 to 1740.
    • Co-editor, with Julien Puget: The Enlightened Citizen: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces (Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming in 2022).
    • Co-editor, with Agnes Arndt: Capitalist Cold. Debating and Depicting Callousness in Europe, c. 1840 to the Present (provisional title, under negotiation with Routledge).
    • Co-editor, with Nadja Gernalzick: "(Un)Like. Life Writing and Portraiture", European Journal of Life Writing (planned for 2021).

    Articles

    • "Virtue is Our Daily Bread. The English Citizen's Taste," in Kerstin Maria Pahl and Julien Puget, eds., The Enlightened Citizen: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming in 2022).
    • "Be Brief(ed) in Your Morality. Jonathan Richardson and the Ethics of Abstracts, Essays and Characters Early-Eighteenth-Century England," in Lothar van Laak and Kristin Eichhorn, eds., Moral Cultures (Hamburg: Meiner, erscheint 2021).
    • "Biography and Emotional Practice," Hans Renders and David Veltman, eds., Fear of Theory. The Theoretical Backside of Biography (Leiden: Brill, planned for 2022).

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