Elke Frietsch

Elke Frietsch, Dr.

Former external instructor


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Elke Frietsch, PhD, is an art historian. Since 2009 she has been a senior teaching and research assistant (Oberassistentin) in interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich. Since 2015 she has been scientific coordinator and member of the steering committee of the doctoral program "Verkörperung – Geschlecht – Konstruktion: Ästhetische und soziale Praktiken". In 2010 she was Visiting Professor of Art Theory at the Art University Linz. From 2007-2009 she was a lecturer at the Institute of Art History, University of Vienna. Numerous teaching assignments led her to universities, technical and art colleges in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From 2001-2004 she was a scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation DFG in the graduate program "Codification of Violence in Medial Transformation" at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After studying art history, philosophy and modern history at the Freie Universität of Berlin she completed her doctorate in 2004 in the department of Art History at the Humboldt University Berlin on body images in art and ideology of National Socialism.

Research Interests

  • Gender und Postcolonial Studies
  • 19th and 20th century art
  • media theories
  • Contemporary art
  • Political Iconography
  • National Socialism
  • Art, Migration and Gender
  • Photography and Film
  • Orientalism