Ute Günkel-Maschek - Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
  • Minoan, Mycenaean and Cycladic art and iconography
  • archaeological theory and methodology
  • digital methods for archaeological and iconographic analyses
  • ritual in Minoan, Mycenaean and Cycladic culture and society
  • intercultural contacts in the Bronze Age East Mediterranean

Education and Qualifications

2013 Doctoral degree in Classical Archaeology (21 February 2013), University of Heidelberg. Doctoral thesis: ‘Minoische Bild-Räume. Untersuchungen zu den Wandbildern des spätminoischen Palastes von Knossos’; supervisors: Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos and Prof. Dr. Joseph Maran
2007 Mag. phil. in Classical Archaeology (30 March 2007; in combination with Ancient History and Pre- and Protohistory), University of Vienna. Diploma thesis: ‘Die Interpretationsebenen der Wandmalereien von Xesté 3, Akrotiri’; supervisor: A.o. Prof. Dr. Fritz Blakolmer
2002 Abitur (high school exit examination), Luisenburg-Gymnasium Wunsiedel, Germany

Employments & Fellowships

since 06/2017 Principal Investigator in the DFG-Project ‘Gesten und Gebärden in den Bildwerken der minoischen Kultur’/’Gestures in the art of Bronze Age Crete’ at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg
2010/11 Coordinator of the doctoral fellowship programme ‘Images, Spaces, Ways of Life in Ancient Civilizations’ at the Centre for Ancient Studies, University of Heidelberg
2008 - 2011 Fellow of the doctoral fellowship programme ‘Images, Spaces, Ways of Life in Ancient Civilizations’ at the Centre for Ancient Studies, University of Heidelberg
2007 Research assistant in the project ‘Ägäische Frühzeit. 2. Serie’ of the Mykenische Kommission, Austrian Academy of Sciences
2004 - 2006 Undergraduate Research Assistant in the collection of casts and archaeological objects of the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna

Teaching Experience

2014 - 2015 Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg; Undergraduate seminar: ‘Minoische Bildwerke’
2004 Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna; Undergraduate seminar and field trip: ‘Noricum’ (with Prof. Dr. Verena Gassner)

Grants & Scholarships

Since 2017 Funding of a Temporary Position for Principal Investigators granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG), for a research project on ‘Gesten und Gebärden in den Bildwerken der minoischen Kultur’/’Gestures in the art of Bronze Age Crete’ at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
2014 Postdoctoral Start-Up Financing granted by the Research Council of Heidelberg University’s Field of Focus 3 ‘Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds’
2011 - 2012 Final scholarship granted by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung
2008 - 2011 Doctoral Scholarship Grant and participation in the doctoral fellowship programme ‘Images, Spaces, Ways of Life in Ancient Civilizations’ at the Centre for Ancient Studies, University of Heidelberg, funded by the Bundesland Baden-Württemberg on the basis of the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz (LGFG)
2007 Merit-based Scholarship (Leistungsstipendium) granted by the University of Vienna
2006 Short-Term Grant Abroad (KWA) funded by the University of Vienna, for a three-month research period at the Austrian Archaeological Institute at Athens
2005 ERASMUS scholarship for a six-month study period in Italy (one-month language course at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia; five-month study period at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

Conference Organisation

2011 [with D. Kertai] In the Realm of Images. Concepts in Decorating Palaces in the Aegean and Near East from 1900–612 BC, International Workshop Heidelberg , 1–2 July 2011
2011 [with D. Panagiotopoulos and S. Cappel] Minoan Archaeology. Challenges and Perspectives for the 21st Century, International PhD and Postdoc Conference Heidelberg, 23–27 March 2011
2009 [with D. Panagiotopoulos] Minoan Realities. Theory-Based Approaches to Images and Built Spaces as Indicators of Minoan Social Structures, International Workshop, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, 16 November 2009
2009 [with B. Emme, J. Fildhuth, J. Kruse, A. Puk, C. Rödel, M. Schupp, and C. Waschke] ‘Orte des Geschehens. Interaktionsräume als konstitutive Elemente der antiken Stadt’, Altertumswissenschaftliche Studentenkolloquium Heidelberg, 26 February– 1 March 2009

Field Experience

2008 Field Assistant, research project Aspro Nero, Agia Irini, Livari: Examination and Supplementary Documentation (University of Vienna)
2008 Field Assistant, excavation project Haus IV (b+c) at Carnuntum, Austria
2007 Trench Supervisor, excavation of the Minoan ‘Villa’ at Zominthos, Crete (University of Heidelberg, Archaeological Society at Athens)
2007 Field Assistant, excavation project Südostecke Insula VI at Carnuntum, Austria
2006 Field Assistant, geophysical prospection at Plataiai/Boeotia (University of Vienna)
2006 Trench Supervisor, excavation of the Minoan ‘Villa’ at Zominthos, Crete (University of Heidelberg, Archaeological Society at Athens)
2005 Trench Supervisor, excavation of the Minoan ‘Villa’ at Zominthos, Crete (University of Heidelberg, Archaeological Society at Athens)
2005 Technical Illustrator, excavation of a Roman building at Nocera Terinese (Pian delle Vigne), Calabria (University of Naples)
2005 Excavation Assistant, Velia/Ascea di Marina, Campania (University of Vienna)
2004 Excavation Assistant, Velia/Ascea di Marina, Campania (University of Vienna)
2003 Training Excavation at Aelium Cetium/St. Pölten, Austria (University of Vienna)

Lectures

Coming up: 'Small Step, Big Impact: A New Interpretation of the Procession Fresco from Knossos', Mycenaean Seminar, Januar 15, 2020, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London School of Advanced Study
2019 'Gesten und Gebärden in minoischen Bildwerken? Eine erste Bilanz', Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg, June 18, 2019
2016 ‘One Step Too Low: A Reinterpretation of the Procession Fresco at Knossos’, lecture held at the Classical Archaeology Seminar ‘Painting in the Classical World’, 28 September 2016, University of Birmingham
2014 ‘Krisenbewältigung à la minoenne. Triumph und Tragik elitärer Weltordnungskonzepte in der kretischen Spätbronzezeit’, lecture held during the weekly research colloquium ‘Neue Funde & Forschungen’, 8 May 2014, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2012 ‘Bild-Räume. Analytische Prolegomena zur Verknüpfung von Bild, Ort und Handeln in der minoischen Kultur’, lecture held at the Mainzer Altertumswissenschaftliches Kolloquium KARPEIA, 13 December 2012, University of Mainz
2010 ‘Mehr als nur ein Labyrinth. Minoische Bild-Räume als Orte kultureller Praxis im spätbronzezeitlichen Kreta’, lecture given at the ‘Archäologische Kolloquium: Neue Forschungen zum minoischen Kreta und frühen Griechenland’, 29 Juni 2010, Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Cologne

Conference Papers

2018 'The Potential of Concept Mapping in the Reconstruction of Late Minoan I Ritual Spaces: The ‚Dancing Lady‘ from the Palace at Knossos', paper presented at the 'Digital Humanities and Ritual Space' conference, 19–21 October 2018, Rethymnon
2018 ‘Thinking in Concepts: Decoration and Space in the Aegean Bronze Age’, paper presented at the Craven Seminar 2018 on ‘Ancient Mediterranean Painting between “Classical” and “Non-Classical”’, 17–18 May 2018, Cambridge
2015 ‘Die Neugestaltung des südwestlichen Eingangs in den Palast von Knossos’, paper presented at the annual meeting 2015 of DFG-Cluster 3 ‘Politische Räume: Orte der Herrschaft’ on the topic ‘Zwischen Utopie und ewiger Baustelle – Herrschaftsorte als geistige und gegenständliche Konstrukte’, 6–8 December 2015, MONREPOS (Neuwied)
2015 ‘Children in Aegean Bronze Age Ritual’, paper presented at the international conference ‘Children in Antiquity. Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean’, 14–16 July 2015, Sydney
2014 ‘Establishing the Minoan Enthroned Goddess in the Neopalatial Period: Images, Architecture, and Elitist Ambition’, paper presented at the ‘15th International Aegean Conference: METAPHYSIS. Ritual, Myth, and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age’, 22–25 April 2014, Vienna
2013 ‘Images and Their Architectural Settings Before and After the Eruption of Thera’, paper presented at the international symposium ‘Thera and Minoan Crete. New Insights into two ‘Cultures of Disaster’’, 26 January 2013, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg
2011 ‘Passing Through the Labyrinth. The Role of Painted Decoration in the Late Palace at Knossos’; ‘Visualising Power: the Production of Authority in Spatial and Pictorial Arrangements at Knossos’; ‘‘We are Palace’ – Some Thoughts on the Spiral Decoration of Ceremonial Halls in Minoan Palaces’. Three papers presented at the workshop ‘In the Realm of Images. Concepts in Decorating Palaces in the Aegean and Near East from 1900–612 BC’, 1–2 July 2011, Heidelberg
2010 ‘Time to Grow Up, Girl! Childhood and Adolescence in Bronze Age Akrotiri’, paper presented at the conference ‘Mädchen im Altertum/Girls in Antiquity’, 7–10 October 2010, Berlin
2010 ‘Of Olive Trees and Olive Branches… Reflections on the Symbolic Meaning of the Olive Branch as Hair-Ornament in the Wall Paintings of Xesté 3, Akrotiri’, paper presented at the ‘13th International Aegean Conference: Kosmos. Jewellery, Adornment and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age’, 19–23 April 2010, Copenhagen
2010 ‘Unterwegs im Labyrinth. Zur Gestaltung des ‘Prozessionskorridors’ im spätminoischen Palast von Knossos’, paper presented at the 13. Österreichische Archäologentag, 25–27 February 2010, Salzburg
2009 ‘Spirals, Bulls, and Sacred Landscapes. The Meaningful Appearance of Pictorial Objects within their Spatial and Social Contexts’, paper presented at the workshop ‘Minoan Realities. Theory-Based Approaches to Images and Built Spaces as Indicators of Minoan Social Structures’, 16 November 2009, Heidelberg
2009 ‘In die Augen, in den Sinn. Wandbilder als konstitutive Elemente von (Handlungs-)Räumen in der minoischen ‘Neupalastzeit’’, paper presented at the conference ‘Bild-Raum-Handlung. Perspektiven der Archäologie’, Interdisziplinäre Tagung der Forschergruppe C-III ‘Acts’, Excellence Cluster TOPOI, 21–23 October 2009, Berlin
2009 ‘The Ritual Coming of Age and its Social Implications in the Bronze Age Society of Thera: A Case Study of Building Xesté 3, Akrotiri’, paper presented at the ASA09 Conference: Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: Past, Present and Future, 6–9 April 2009, Bristol, UK
2009 ‘Visual Basic? Überlegungen zur Korrelation von Ikonographie und Raumfunktion in der minoischen Architektur’, paper presented at the conference ‘Österreichische Forschungen zur Ägäischen Bronzezeit’, 6–7 March 2009, Salzburg
2008 ‘“Verwundet” und “verhüllt” – Vom Mädchen zur Frau in den Darstellungen aus Xesté 3, Akrotiri’, paper presented at the 12. Österreichische Archäologentag, 28 February– 1 March 2008, Vienna

 

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