It is our pleasure to welcome Melissa Kerin as guest research at our center. She will stay with us until February 2019 and work on finishing a manuscript, Bodies of Offerings: The Materiality and Vitality of Tibetan Shrines, which received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2014-15) and Howard Foundation Fellowship (2018-19).

Melissa Kerin is an associate professor of art history at the Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virgina (USA).
Her primary field of research is the art and material culture of South Asia from the medieval and modern periods. Along with a number of articles and chapters, Kerin has authored two books. Her third book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is an edited volume analyzing the ethical treatment of cultural heritage in the U.S., South Asia, the Middle East. Since joining the faculty of Washington and Lee’s Art and Art History Department in 2011, Kerin has taught a range of courses related to the interconnections among art, religion, memory, and identity. Kerin holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.

Program; Abstracts [PDF]

International Symposium: "After the earthquake: Research, protection and preservation of Nepal’s cultural heritage"

Monday-Tuesday, 22-23 October 2018, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (room 2.25)

Organisation: Nina Mirnig (IKGA)

In collaboration with:

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences
UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, UK
Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS)


Kindly register your participation by 14 October 2018 with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are very excited to announce the successful application of Martin Gaenszle for an FWF stand-alone project entitled The Scientific Legacy of Rene´ de Nebesky-Wojkowitz" (FWF P-31570) based here at our center. Uwe Niebuhr, whose long term research interest in de Nebesky-Wojkowitz served as the basis for this project, will be the lead investigator and Verena Widorn, who vitally contributed in the conception and realisation of the application will be responsible for the art historical analysis and contextualization of the collected material. Detailed information about the Nebesky project will be provided in our research section in the coming weeks.

We are thrilled about this important addendum to our research spectrum and would like to congratulate Martin Gaenszle, Uwe Niebuhr and Verena Widorn!