Jasmin Mersmann Former Junior Fellow

Jasmin Mersmann
October 2015 - March 2016


Since 2006, Jasmin Mersmann has been a research associate at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt-University in Berlin. Having studied Art History, Philosophy and History at the Universities of Freiburg/Brsg., Paris (Sorbonne) and Berlin (HU), she received her Ph.D. from HU Berlin with a dissertation on the Florentine artist Lodovico Cigoli and conflicting truths around 1600. During her graduate studies, she was granted doctoral fellowships by the Andrea von Braun Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation, and participated in the binational graduate school Collège Doctoral Franco-Allemand (EHESS/HU). In winter 2014/15, Jasmin Mersmann held a research fellowship at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna. Her habilitation project focuses on body modifications and concepts of form in early modern times.

At the IKKM she will be working on a book project about deals with the devil in the 17th century.

Dated from 2016

Fields of research

Art history; historical anthropology; techniques of the body and technologies of the self; theories of formation and deformation; early modern demonology


Edited Books

Lodovico Cigoli: Formen der Wahrheit um 1600, Munich/Berlin: De Gruyter forthcoming.
(ed. with Christian Kassung and Olaf Rader): Zoologicon: Ein kulturhistorisches Wörterbuch der Tiere, Munich: Fink 2011.
(ed. with Eva Johach and Evke Rulffes): ilinx. Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft vol. 2 (2011): Mimesen.


„What was Truth? Lodovico Cigoli and Conflicting Truth Claims around 1600”, in: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews vol. 40 (2015) [forthcoming].
„Henkel, oder: Fünf Versuche, die Dinge in den Griff zu bekommen“, in: Dinge im Kontext. Artefakt, Handhabung und Handlungsästhetik, ed. by Thomas Pöpper, Munich/Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2015, pp. 85–97.
„Moving Shadows, Moving Sun. Early Modern Sundials Restaging Miracles”, in: Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science 30:1 (2015), pp. 96–123.
„Heilige/Landschaft. Anamorphosen in der Trinità dei Monti“, in: Heilige Landschaft – heilige Berge, ed. by Werner Oechslin, Zurich: gta 2014, pp. 28–43.
„Schieflagen. Die architectura obliqua des Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz”, in: Mobile Eyes. Peripatetisches Sehen in den Bildkulturen der Vormoderne, ed. by David Ganz and Stefan Neuner, Munich: Fink 2013, pp. 321–353.