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Dr. Dr. Jutta Vinzent

Research Interests:

Vinzent‘s research interests include modern and contemporary art, particularly issues of space and time, exile and migration, and exhibition cultures. She is intrigued by network theories, ideas of historical entanglement and those decolonising projects that question histories, structures and systems of knowledge, promoted as dominant and universal, through the inclusion of minorities regarding class, race and gender. 


Jutta Vinzent (M.A. Munich, Dr. Phil. Cologne, PhD Cambridge) is Senior Lecturer (Associated Professor) at the University of Birmingham, UK and Research Fellow at the Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. She has read History of Art, Philosophy and German Literature at the universities in Munich, Cologne and Cambridge. From 2010 to 2015, Vinzent was Adjunct Professor at Korea University, Seoul, an experience that moved her deeply, helping her understand the limitations of western academia. Vinzent has published widely, taught a number of successful research students and curated a few exhibitions. She has been awarded research funding and reviewed for peer-reviewed journals (such as Third Text) and research bodies including the DAAD (Deutscher akademischer Austauschdienst) and the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK). Vinzent is a member of professional bodies, including the Erfurter RaumZeit-Forschung ( and sits on the international editorial board of the peer-reviewed series SpatioTemporality. Practices – Concepts – Media / RaumZeitlichkeit. Praktiken – Konzepte – Medien published by de Gruyter and therefore welcomes any book proposals related to conceptions of space and time (see

Project Abstract

The reception of temporal conceptions in Greek and Roman antiquity 


The project on the reception of temporal conceptions in Greekand Roman antiquity arises from my explorations into western issues of time and space that contest modern conceptions of linearity, duration and space-as-container, exposing links between contemporary understandings of spatio-temporality with those of the Middle Ages, when time was not (only) understood as a series of moments but as presence (Eckhart’s concept of eternity) (see publications). It is intrigued by conceptions of the organisation of time in Greek and Roman antiquity, particularly by the promotion of the notion of newness as an idea that attempted to challenge the value of tradition (e.g. W. Kinzig). 

Do, and if so, how do such conceptions impact on medieval understandings of time as presence and on modern ideologies of the avantgarde and of originality? Furthermore, it would be great to learn about the extent to which ancient spatio-temporal ideas have so far been conceived as narratives of western kowledge claiming universality and how such knowledge can be challenged by a perspective that takes into account issues of class, gender and race that have been considered as minority so far.   

Last but not least, I would also like to expand the network of Chronoi by establishing links with the Erfurter RaumZeit-Forschung, a group that organises regular conferences, applies for research grants and publishes a series on conceptions of time and space (see


Curriculum vitae

Current Positions: 


Since 2001: First Lecturer and since 2007 Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the History of Art (Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture), University of Birmingham/UK 


Since 2012: A number of Fellowships at the University of Erfurt, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies


Past positions, periods of studies and degrees:


2010-2015: Adjunct Professor, Korea University, Seoul


2014: A three-month Research Fellowship, Research Excellence Cluster Topoi of the Freie Universität and the Humboldt Universität, both Berlin (


2001-2004: PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham 


1999-2001: Research Fellow, University of Birmingham


1997-2000: Teaching Fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of History of Art


1996-1999: PhD in History of Art, University of Cambridge, UK (title of the PhD thesis: Identity and Image. Refugee Artists from Nazi Germany in Britain, 1933-1945)


1994-1996: Dr. Phil. in German Literature, Universität zu Köln, Germany (title of the PhD thesis: Edlef Köppen – Schriftsteller zwischen den Fronten. Ein literaturhistorischer Beitrag zu Expressionismus, Neuer Sachlichkeit und Innerer Emigration mit Edition, Werk- und Nachlaßverzeichnis). Main subject: German (Literature and History of Language); subsidiary subjects: History of Art and Philosophy


1988-1994: M.A., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. Main subject: German Literature; subsidiary subjects: History of Art and Philosophy.

Selected Publications

Publications related to time and space:


From Space in Modern Art to a Spatial Art History. Reassessing Constructivism through the Publication Circle (1937), Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, under contract


Sebastian Dorsch and Jutta Vinzent (eds.), SpatioTemporalities on the Line. Representations – Practices – Dynamics, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2017 (SpatioTemporality. Practices – Concepts – Media, vol. 3), 249 pp and 46 illustrations (with own contribution)


Jutta Vinzent and Christopher M. Wojtulewicz (eds.), Performing Bodies. Time and Space in Meister Eckhart and Taery Kim, Leuven: Peeters, 2016 (Eckhart: Texts and Studies, 6), 278 pp and 32 plates (  (with own contribution and the co-curation of an exhibition accompanying the publication of the book)


Jutta Vinzent, ‘Space and Form in String Sculptures: Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore’, Hans Aurenhammer and Regine Prange (eds.), Das Problem der Form. Interferenzen zwischen moderner Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Berlin: Gebrüder Mann Verlag, 2016 (Neue Frankfurter Forschungen zur Kunst, 18), 355-381 


Jutta Vinzent, ‘Space, Place and Migration in Modern Art’, Salec Minc Lecture, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Perth, Western Australia; audio-visual recording with transcript:

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