Judith Rottenburg


Dr. des. Judith Rottenburg
Research Associate
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Humboldt Universität
Georgenstraße 47
10117 Berlin
Email: rottenburg@bilderfahrzeuge.org

Research project

Newspaper cutting, Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (FESMAN), Dakar, Senegal, 1- 24 April 1966

Receptions of Modern Art from Europe in African Contexts

This project is concerned with receptions, exhibitions and collections of early 20th century modern art from Europe on the African continent and examines the different meanings it acquires within the respective contexts. The project includes case studies on Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria and South Africa, as well as exhibition projects that span multiple contexts, such as travelling exhibitions organized by UNESCO. By analyzing the selected case studies by way of comparison, this project aims to put the journeys of modern art from Europe to African countries into a larger, joint context, and builds into a historiography of transcultural modernities in the 20th century.


After completing a BA at the Free University of Berlin and a MA at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Judith Rottenburg received her PhD in Art History from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in 2017. As a candidate of the international doctoral program MIMESIS at LMU from 2013 to 2016, she undertook research visits to Dakar, New York City and Paris, completing her PhD dissertation on the cosmopolitan arts in post-independence Senegal. In 2016/2017, she was a research fellow at the German Forum for Art History in Paris in the context of the annual theme “L’art en France à la croisée des cultures”. Thereafter, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the ERC funded project „Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945“ at LMU until she joined the Bilderfahrzeuge research group at Humboldt University Berlin.

Selected bibliography

Edited Volumes

(forthcoming [2021]) Cold War University. Humanities and Arts Education as a (Battle)field of Diplomatic Influence and Decolonial Practice, edited by Judith Rottenburg and Lisa Skwirblies, Munich: Journal of Global Theatre History, vol. 4, Nr. 2 (Special Issue)


Mamadou Diallo and Judith Rottenburg: “Der Schleier des Primitivismus“, in: Digital Imaginaries. Afrikanische Positionen jenseits des Binären, edited by Rottenburg/ McHardy/ Gueye/ Ziegler, Berlin: Kerber, 2021, pp. 286-293.

„The École des Arts du Sénégal in the 1960s: Debating Visual Arts Education between ‘Imported Technical Knowledge’ and ‘Traditional Culture felt from within’“, in: Drawing Education: Worldwide!  Continuities – Transfers – Mixtures, edited by Nino Nanobashvili and Tobias Teutenberg, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2019, pp. 289-304.

„Younousse Seye: le devenir d’une artiste panafricaine dans le Sénégal de l’après-indépendance“ in: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions magazine (2018), URL: https://awarewomenartists.com/en/magazine/younousse-seye-le-devenir-dune-artiste-panafricaine-dans-le-senegal-de-lapres-independance/.

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