Post Doctorand

Dr. Nina Samuel
Universitätsallee 1, C40.407
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4062

Dr. Nina Samuel

Nina Samuel is an art historian and curator with a Ph.D. from Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Her thesis, entitled »The Shape of Chaos«, investigates visual epistemologies in the field of complex dynamics and fractal geometry and drawing as a mode of thinking. After various research positions, Nina spent the academic year 2011-2012 as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in NYC where she curated »The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking«. Her newest exhibition project »My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process« explores techniques of drawing in contemporary art and science and was on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Nina Samuel has received scholarships and research grants from the Fulbright programme, the NCCR Iconic Criticism: The Power and Meaning of Images (eikones), Basel, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. She is currently also holding a Postdoc position at the Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt University »Image Knowledge Gestaltung« in collaboration with the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung.


Research Interests:

  •  Image theory and history of science
  •  Exhibition concepts at the intersection of art and ccience
  •  Materialization of thinking processes
  •  Drawing as epistemic process
  •  Visual epistemologies of the sciences and mathematics
  •  Image theory of chaos (complex dynamics)
  •  Visual practices in biology (esp. microscopy)
  •  The hand as topic in the arts and sciences
  •  Instrumental images of hand surgery