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Katharina Greven

Katharina Greven is a postdoctoral researcher within ‘Africa Multiple’ Cluster of Excellence in Bayreuth. She finished her PhD with the title Das Archiv als Heimat – Die ‘Fantasie Afrika’ des Kunstpatrons Ulli Beier und der Künstlerin Georgina Beier in 2020 and worked from 2015 to 2019 as a senior researcher in the project African Art History and the Formation of a Modern Aesthetic. Her focus is on archives, postcolonial knowledge production and affective and collaborative reading of images. In 2012 she finished her MA Thesis in African Language Studies at the University of Bayreuth and worked in the same year as the deputy director of Iwalewahaus during paternity leave. Prior to that she worked for three years as a program assistant at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi. She also studied Free Art at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf with Thomas Ruff, Peter Doig and George Herold, became Meisterschülerin in 2006, and graduated in 2007.



  • Greven, Katharina (2015). "'Living with the archive' - The Ulli Beier Estate at Iwalewahaus". In: Archives (re)mix: Vues d'Afrique. Le Lay, Maëline, Dominique Malaquais and Nadine Siegert (ed./eds.). Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes. 161-171.
  • Greven, Katharina (2014). "Hip Hop and Sheng in Nairobi: Creating Identity Markers and Expressing a Lifestyle". In: Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati. Clark, Msia Kibona and Koster Mickie Mwanzia (ed./eds.). London: Lexington Books. 226-257.
  • Greven, Katharina (2013). "Just a band. Sound and vision". In: Iwalewa: Four Views into Contemporary Africa. Catalogue. Bounakoff, Pierre-Nicolas, Katharina Greven and Nadine Siegert (ed./eds.). Bordeaux: Iwalewahaus/MC2A/LAM. 84-93.
  • Bounakoff, Pierre-Nicolas, Greven, Katharina, Siegert, Nadine (2013). Iwalewa: Four Views into Contemporary Africa. Catalogue. Bordeaux: Iwalewahaus/MC2A/LAM.
  • Greven, Katharina, Lena Naumann, Iheanyi Onwuegbucha. 2022. “Women in Mbari – (Re)Discovering Three Artistic Practices.” In: Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club, edited by Ndubuisi Ezeluomba and Kimberli Grant. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 83-95
  •  Das Archiv als Heimat - Die ‚Fantasie Afrika’ des Kunstpatrons Ulli Beier und der Künstlerin Georgina Beier. Bayreuth: University of Bayreuth, 2021.
  •  "Sehnsuchtsort’ Archiv - Die Heimatsuche der beiden Kunstpatrone Ulli und Georgina Beier”, in: Heimat verhandeln?, edited by Amalia Barboza, Barbara Krug-Richter and Sigrid Ruby. Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2020, 353-372.
  •  Katharina Greven, Katrin Peters-Klaphake, Nadine Siegert (Eds.) “African Modernisms and its Methodologies and Terminologies – A Critical Mapping of the Field.” in Critical Intervention 13, 2-3. 2019.
  •  Katharina Greven, Lena Naumann, Siegrun Salmanian, Nadine Siegert. "Collectivize (Re)Sources: The Photographic Estate of Ulli Beier." in Critical Intervention 12, 2: 140-157. 2018.
  • A Place of Belonging – The 'Phantasy Africa' within the Archive of the European Art Patrons Ulli and Georgina Beier. Online Journal Internationale, 2017. https://www.internationaleonline.org/opinions/112_a_place_of_belonging_ and_ndash_the_phantasy_africa_within_the_archive_of_the_european_art_patrons_ulli_and _georgina_beier
  • "Indoor Images of European Art Patrons in Africa: Visual Conceptions od Self-Staging" in: Création et actualité en Afrique, edited by Ijjou Cheikh Moussa, Maroua El Naggare and Aminata Cécile Mbaye. Rabat: Editions & Impressions Bouregreg, 2017, 69-82.
  •  "Creating Mythologies" in: Mash Up the Archive, edited by Sam Hopkins and Nadine Siegert. Berlin: Revolver, 2017, 60-65.
  •  Katharina Greven und Clarissa Vierke (Eds.). Dunia Yao: Utopia/Dystopia in Swahili Fiction. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe, 2016
  •  Katharina Greven and Pierre-Nicolas Bounakoff. „‘Living with the Archive’ – The Ulli Beier Estate at Iwalewahaus” in: Archive (Re)mix: Vues d'Afrique, edited by Maeline le Lay, Dominique Malaquais and Nadine Siegert. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015, 159-169.
  •  "Hip Hop and Sheng in Nairobi: Creating Identity Markers and Expressing a Lifestyle“ in: Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa – Ni Wakati, edited by Msia Kibona Clark and Mickie Mwanzia Koster. London: Lexington Books, 2014, 226 – 257.
  •  Katharina Greven, Pierre Nicolas Bounakoff and Nadine Siegert (Eds.). Iwalewa - Four Views into Contemporary Africa. Bayreuth: Iwalewhaus, 2013.
Katharina Greven

Dr. Katharina Greven
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics”

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

E-mail: katharina.greven@uni-bayreuth.de

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