Jutta Vinzent

Research interests

I am currently working on two projects:

  • Networks of modern art in twentieth-century Britain: A project which investigates modern art through a study of its display in and circulation through commercial art galleries in London, which were responsible for the introduction of modern art to a British public. It will not only help understand galleries and modern art in Britain better, a topic only covered until the beginning of the twentieth century so far, but also clarify the relevance of continental émigrés, who seemingly were heavily involved in this process.
  • “Degenerate” German Artists in the British Colonies: Planned as a monograph, it will take the approach of Entangled History, which focuses on the interconnectivity and multi-directionality of history. It will argue that entanglement seems to be an approach which is particularly suited to study those who migrated from Nazi Germany into the colonies and protectorates of the British Empire due to the politico-social complexity with which the refugees were faced. This monograph also aims to contribute to the decolonising of the field of Exile Studies by considering not only the global routes of the émigrés, but also the art practices and exhibition histories in light of colonisation.

External Research Grants and Awards Received

Resonante Weltbeziehungen in sozio-religösen Praktiken in Antike und Gegenwart - 08/2017—07/2027

Funding body: German Research Foundation (DFG)
My role: Faculty Member
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Was ist westlich am Westen? - 02/2018—01/2021

Funding body: Freistaat Thüringen
Funding amount: € 440,000
My role: Co-Investigator
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Overcoming Dictatorships -11/2006—05/2009


Funding body: European Union (scheme ‘Culture 2000’)
Funding amount: € 520,000
My role: Co-Investigator
Project description: The project explored ways in which artists and writers dealt with the political changes in Europe, in particular the opening of socialist countries since the end of the 1980s. A number of symposia held in the seven participating European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Germany and Britain) explored forms of remembrance of authoritarian systems (Socialism, Fascism, National Socialism) and anxiety of new ones (consumerism, globalization, mass media). Critical attention was also drawn to the EU’s unifying character in the light of cultural diversity.

Outputs: Two publications (Jutta Vinzent, Overcoming Dictatorships, Leipzig 2008; Present Tensions, ed. Kristina Kaiserová and Gert Röhrborn, Budapest and N. Y. 2009 and an international exhibition touring through Europe in 2008/9 (University of Birmingham, The National Museum of Contemporary Art at the Ion Creanga National Theatre, Bucharest and Town Hall City, Dresden), curated by Jutta Vinzent

Development of Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Department of History of Art- 09/2005 - 08/2007
Funding body: University of Birmingham 
Funding amount: £41,000
My role: Principal Investigator
Project description: Based on work carried out as part of my publication on web-based research and teaching material in the History of Art in CHart (Computers and the History of Art), I successfully bid for an innovative project involving the transformation of the large slide library of the Department of History of Art into a digitised source supporting teaching and research, a cutting-edge strategic undertaking at the time. The project has been successfully managed and carried out, and has significantly contributed to cultural changes in approaching the discipline at the University of Birmingham.

Editorial board

Research fellowships and invited professorship

  • 2019, 1 Feb. (– ongoing) Guest at the research centre Einstein Center, Berlin (with a project on concepts of present time and Performance Art)
  • 03/2019-03/2020: Research Fellow 
    Place: Max Weber Center for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany
    Funding body: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)  Project: Dynamik ritueller Praktiken im Judentum
  • 09/2015-08/2018: Research Fellow 
    Place: Freie Universität (Berlin)
    Funding body: German Research Foundation (DFG)
    Project: Topoi (https://www.topoi.org/area/b/)
  • 01/2013-08/2018: Research Fellow 
    Place: Max Weber Center for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany
    Funding body: German Research Foundation (DFG)
    Project: Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective
  • 01/2012-03/2012: Research Fellow 
    Place: Max Weber Center for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany
    Funding body: German Research Foundation (DFG)
    Project: Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective
  •  2010-15: Adjunct Professor
    Place: Korea University, Seoul, South Korea (part of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research universities)
    Funding body: Korea University

Reviewing research applications and publications

  • Reviewer for Third Text
  • 2010-14 Academic member of the AHRC's Peer Review College
  • 2011 Reviewer of ARTMargins: Central and East European Visual Culture for the MIT Press
  • 2010 and 2012 External project reviewer for the DAAD
  • 2009 Reviewer for WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund)
  • 2003 Book reviewer for Manchester University Press

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome proposals for MA dissertations, MRes and doctoral theses on modern and contemporary art (preferred areas include any aspect of mobility and migration related to Germany, Britain and their colonies, curating in historical perspective in Germany, Britain or post-1989 Europe, conceptions of space and urbanism in avant-garde art, Holocaust/Jewish art, and networks). My former students have been able to be appointed to positions in galleries (Tate Britain, London and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) and universities (Jaber University, Kuwait, the University of Leicester,and the University of Cambridge and the University of Birmingham).

Successful completion
2018 Amy Shulman, Picture Post and the photo essay: Émigré photographers and visual narratives 1938-1945 (PhD, Haywood Scholarship 2011-13)
2017 Imogen Wiltshire, Therapeutic art concepts and practices in Britain and the United States (1937-1946) (PhD, AHRC-funded)
2013 Richenda Roberts, 'Patriotism is not enough': Visual responses to pacifism and feminism in Britain during World War One (AHRC-funded, co-supervision with Dr. Francesca Berry)
2012 Moayad Hussein, Western influences on Khalifa Qattan's Circulism (funded by the Cultural Office of the Kuwaiti Embassy, London)
2012 Marie Considine, Social history's regional aspects: Bernard Fleetwood-Walker and the RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Arts) in the first half of the twentieth century
2011 Charlotte Gore, Internationalism, nationalism, regionalism: art colonies in Germany (Worspwede, Neu-Dachau and Eifel Gruppe)
2009 Jenny Powell, Anglo-French exchanges in post-war exhibition cultures in London (AHRC-funded)
2013 Imogen Wiltshire, Arthur Segal's Painting School for Professionals and Non-Professionals from 1937 to 1944 (AHRC-funded)
2012 Julia Abraham, The BLK Art Group and black art in Britain in the 1980s (Raymond Priestley Scholarship)
2011 Antonia Grousdanidou, The production of space and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham: From art object to art institution, 1963-1978
2011 Amy Shulman, Photography, memory and identity: The émigré photographer Lisel Haas (1898-1989)
2010 Georgina Webb Dickin, The performative role of the Berlin wall and the reception of postmodernism beyond it
2009 Richenda Roberts, Pacifism and gender: censorship and the anti-war art of Evelyn De Morgan (AHRC-funded, co-supervision with Dr. Francesca Berry)
2009 Chad Morris, The Superman. Idea and representation of the superman in comic books of the 1930s and 1940s
2004 Jenny Powell, Germaine Richier and Existentialism (AHRB-funded)