Dr. Anja Schürmann

Senior Researcher / Research Organisation

Academic Career (Selection)

From Feburary 2023:

Permanent Research Fellow at KWI Essen (Institut for Advanced Study in the Humanities)

From March 2019:

Post Doc Fellow at KWI Essen (Institut for Advanced Study in the Humanities)


Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

10/2016–04/2017 & 04/2021–08/2021:

Lecturer at the Folkwang University in Essen. 4 hours per week teaching in Faculty 4: Photography | Theory & History of Photography


Talent Art Criticism of the series C/O Berlin Talents


Defence of PhD thesis in Art History at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Thesis Title: “Conceptual vision. Ekphrasis as an art historical medium in the 19th century”


DFG-Granted doctorial Research Fellow at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe


Magister Artium, with Honors at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Art History, German literature, linguistics and musicology


Study of Psychology, University of Konstanz


Link to the detailed CV

Research Interests

Photobooks and Visual Narrration;Photohistory and -theory; Text/Image research; Aesthetics and Contemporary Art; History and Theory of Science.

Publications (Selection)


  • Together with Ines Barner and Kathrin Yacavone (Ed.): Cooperation, collaboration, co-creation: invisible Authorships and Pluralized Works), Special issue of Journal of Literary Theory, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jlt-2022-2014
  • Together with Steffen Siegel (Eds.): Continue browsing! New perspectives in photobook research, Special issue of Fotogeschichte, Heft 159, Jg. 41 (2021).
  • Conceptual vision. Ekphrasis as an art historical medium in the 19th century, (Studies on Modern Art Historiography 8), De Gruyter, Boston/Berlin, 2018. Review by Anne van Dam in History of Humanities
  • The past is unpredictable & Interview Verónica Losantos, in: Felix Hoffmann for C / O Berlin Foundation (ed.), Talents 36: screen memories, Verónica Losantos / Anja Schürmann, Heidelberg / Berlin, 2016.

Peer-reviewed scientific articles

  • Of Fast and Slow Pages: Movement in the Photobook, in: photographies 16/3 (2023), 453–481. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2023.2227634.
  • Et cetera photobooks? Reflections on Conceptual Documentary Photography as visual enumeration, in: Anne Rüggemeier et al. (Eds.), The List as Epistemic Practice, Palgrave/Macmillan: London, 275–300. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-76970-3_13.
  • InDesign as a method? The photobook and displays, in: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Heft 22: Medium / Format, Jg. 1 (2020), 52–66. DOI: http://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/13656.
  • Show, don’t tell? Research-based photo books by Laia Abril, Christian Patterson and Regine Petersen, in: Karen Fromm, Sophia Greiff and Anna Stemmler (Eds.), image/con/text. Komplementäre Zeugnisse im dokumentarischen Diskurs, Berlin 2020, 162-181. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/arthistoricum.674
  • Terminological Careers: Taste and Aesthetic Education in 19th-Century Art Discourses, in: Christof Baier et al. (Eds.), „Absolutely Free“? Invention und Gelegenheit in der
    Kunst, Liber Amicorum for Jürgen Wiener, Transcript: Bielefeld 2019, 427–442.

Curatorial Projects

  • 11/2017: Curator “equivalence: contemporary photographic positions of analogy”. Kunstraum Düsseldorf.
  • 06/02/16–24/04/16: Co-curation “screen memories – Verónica Losantos”, c/o Berlin.
  • 07/2015–09/2014: Set-up of The PhotoBookMuseum, exhibition 19.8.2014 to 12 October 2014 in Cologne-Mülheim, Link: http://www.thephotobookmuseum.com/
  • 04/2006–10/2006: Catalogue Editing & Assistant Project Management “Beautiful to die for! Alter, Totentanz und Sterbekunst von 1500 bis heute” at the Schnütgen Museum, Cologne.
  • 07/2003–03/2004: Curatorial assistant and catalogue editor for the exhibition “Andy Warhol – The Late Work”, Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf, 14 February to 31 May 2004.
  • 06/2001–07/2001: Project assistant of the exhibition “GeSoLei – Kunst, Sport und Körper”, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, 28 October 2001-30 January 2002.


Link to the detailed list of publications