Panel: “Imperial Self-Portrayal: Fieldnotes, Collections, Archives

Freya Schwachenwald, TU Berlin

Freya Schwachenwald is an art historian and social and cultural activist. She is currently
working on her PhD project at Technische Universität Berlin as Fellow of the German
Academic Scholarship Foundation. Her dissertation deals with narratives of 19th -century
travel, ‘exploration’ and art, and the hauntings of imperialism in German history and
museums. Since 2009, she has been part of the German NGO Bücherpiraten for literature,
reading promotion and civil participation, currently acting as their vice-president. From 2018
to 2019, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department for the History of Art at Yale University,
USA. She holds an M.A. in Transcultural Studies from Heidelberg University and a B.A. in
European Media Culture from Bauhaus-University Weimar and Université Lumière Lyon 2,
France. In 2015, she was awarded with the Medal of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
for her social and cultural commitment.

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(photo: Chung Ho Chiu)