The KWI welcomes a new cohort of international fellows

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) welcomes a new cohort of international guests: Seven new fellows will pursue their research projects this summer at KWI. Emily Doucet (Canada), Péter Kristóf Makai (Hungary), Elisha Masemann (New Zealand), Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Zimbabwe) and Bécquer Seguín (Spain) will join us as new KWI International Fellows. They are taking over from physicist Carla Almeida and historian Ryan Nutting, who were with us during the past six months. Art historian Chiara Salari (Italy) is the next Thyssen@KWI Fellow funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Additionally, the KWI welcomes sociologist Il-Tschung Lim (most recently assistant professor at the University of Gießen) as a Research Fellow.

Emily Doucet is a historian of visual media. At the KWI, she will work on a project examining the relationship between the postal service and the development of new photographic formats in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Péter Kristóf Makai will use his KWI Fellowship to study how theme parks are transmediated into digital and board games. Art historian Elisha Masemann will work on a monograph on the relationship between concepts of art and the city through artistic responses to contentious urban conditions since the mid-twentieth century. Tinashe Mushakavanhu is an interdisciplinary researcher working on a multimedia project about postcolonial Africa through the lens of music and popular culture, entitled Bob Marley and the Making of Zimbabwe. Bécquer Seguín, assistant Professor of Iberian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will be completing his book The Op-Ed Novel: Spain and the Politics of Literary Persuasion at the KWI. This study combines sociology and Iberian literary history to examine why novelists have come to play an unusually prominent role in the Spanish public sphere since the country’s transition to democracy in the 1970s. Art historian Chiara Salari will devote her time at the KWI to exploring the concept of environmental aesthetics by analyzing the role of photography in the perception of natural, urban and post-industrial landscapes. Part of her research focuses on the (cultural) conversion of industrial sites of the “industrial heritage trail” in the Ruhr area.

Sociologist Il-Tschung Lim aims to complete his postdoctoral project dealing with the circulation of the diversity discourse through a study of the implementation and application of diversity management at German universities.

More about the new international fellows and their projects.


KWI International Fellowships are awarded for six months to excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences. The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, is integrated into the international fellowship programme and reaches out to excellent researchers of all nationalities. Both fellowship programmes were established in 2020. The next call for applications for the period from March to October 2022 will follow shortly.