Jamila Adeli

 Jamila Adeli
  • Art History,
  • Area Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Artistic practice as epistemology; Sociology of art worlds; Cultural politics

since 2023


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Institute for Asian and African Studies
Invalidenstr. 118
10115 Berlin

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About me

I am a postdoc at the research consortium De:link // Re:link at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, investigating configurations of artistic de:construction of current narratives in Silk Road Regions that emerge in the context of the China-led Belt and Road initiative.

Doing science means to ask questions, to change perspectives, to provide a factual basis for new ways of looking at the world. As an AGYA member, I have the privilege to collaborate and exchange views on common and shared questions and to co-produce knowledge and answers on them. Together with my fellow AGYA members, I would like to develop art and culture as a lens and tool to engage with the world: How can art and artistic practices be implemented in the field of mental health and well-being? How can such undertaking be merged with Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality? How can we create transcultural collaborations via art universities to facilitate a transcultural dialogue via the arts and artistic practice? AGYA with its network of highly skilled and outside-the-box scientists provides an apt space to tackle such questions. 

AGYA serves as an essential and unprecedented hub that facilitates the translation of scientific knowledge into society and true transcultural and transdisciplinary collaboration between connected researchers.

Academic career
2021 - today

Postdoc, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Principal Investigator at BMBF-funded research consortium De:link // Re:link. Local Perspectives on Transregional Processes of (Dis)Entanglements

2011 - todayArtistic Advisor for Galerie Isa, Mumbai (freelance)
2012 - 2019

PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies

2009 - 2022

Project Manager and Author (freelance): Collaboration with various international art institutions and projects, including Museum of Asian Art (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation Berlin), National Gallery of Modern Art (Delhi), ifa Institute for Foreign Relations (Stuttgart), Museum Folkwang (Essen)

2008 - 2009Curator, Bodhi Art Gallery, Berlin
2007 - 2008

Project Assistant, House of World Cultures, Berlin. Department of Visual Arts, New Media and Film

2000 - 2007

Magister Artium (M.A.), Freie Universität Berlin. Film Studies, Art History, English Philology

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
La Distinction. Critique sociale du jugement (Pierre Bourdieu, 1979)

Favourite novel:
Die Unendliche Geschichte (Michael Ende, 1979)

The scientist from my country you should know:
Boike Rehbein (Critical Area Studies)