Amir Saifullin, M.A.

Predoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  •  Neglected epistemologies
  •   History and sociology of science and magic
  •  Anthropology of art
  •  Political art history

Research Project

'Setup' and 'Projection' as Modes of Organisation of Knowledge and Vision in Early Soviet Visual Culture


Portal, ed. by Johanna Klingler and Amir Saifullin, Munich 2019.

Curriculum Vitae

Amir Saifullin is a Predoctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. From 2018 to 2019, he studied Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture at the Warburg Institute in London, where he graduated with a thesis focusing on the political implications of Robert Fludd’s magical imagery and its actualisation through ontological concepts of Ernst Bloch. In 2016 he obtained a B.A. from the Freie Universität Berlin in philosophy and art history. He is most interested in studying and reconstructing marginalised or neglected epistemologies as well as in theory and history of artistic practices outside their aesthetic domain. Out of this grew the idea for a PhD project that will be investigating early soviet epistemologies and their life-building proletarian culture. During his two-month predoctoral fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana he will further elaborate his proposal as well as conduct an archival research on genealogical concepts of Futurist utopias and their transfer to Russian pre- and post-revolutionary artistic contexts. Amir also co-edited and translated ’Portal’ (2019), a bilingual book comprising 15 contributions from Russian and German artists and cultural theorists focusing on the emancipatory potential of contemporary artistic practices in fields such as education, health and community-building.

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