Dr. Armin Bergmeier

Dr. Armin Bergmeier

Research Fellow

Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte
Wünschmanns Hof
Dittrichring 18-20, Room 5/13
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35557
Fax: +49 341 97-35559


I study the material culture of the medieval Mediterranean and the Middle East with a focus on late antique, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture.

My dissertation examined representations of the divine during the transition from the Greco-Roman to the Christian world, focusing on visionary experiences in textual and visual sources.

My current research studies the Roman heritage in the Byzantine Empire, in Venice, and in Seljuk Anatolia through the lens of spolia (twelfth - thirteenth centuries). The project critically questions academia’s investment in strict categories of periods and cultures by focusing on the juncture of classical and late antique Roman artifacts and their post-classical reception in Islamic, Byzantine, and Western medieval contexts. I link the fragments from the past (spolia) to issues of identity formation across cultures we today often describe as discrete, thereby reshaping our understanding of the ownership of cultural heritage and of history.

Professional career

  • 10/2022 - 03/2023
    Vertretungsprofessur für spätantike und byzantinische Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (W2, 50%)
  • since 04/2016
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Leipzig
  • 10/2021 - 02/2022
    Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Istanbul
  • 10/2019 - 03/2020
    Postdoc-Stipendium am Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani (Deutsches Studienzentrum), Venedig
  • 01/2019 - 09/2019
    Andrew W. Mellon Follow an der der Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
  • 12/2015 - 03/2016
    Postdoc-Stipendium am Kunsthistorischen Institut Florenz (KHI)
  • 10/2013 - 08/2014
    Visiting Scholar an der Columbia University, New York, Department for Art and Archaeology (Stipendiat der Fulbright-Stiftung)
  • 04/2013 - 09/2015
    Lehraufträge an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für Byzantinistik, Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte, Neogräzistik
  • 04/2013
    Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residency, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C.
  • 04/2012 - 03/2016
    Lehraufträge am Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
  • 01/2012 - 02/2012
    Forschungsaufenthalt an der Hebrew University, Israel (Minerva Stiftung)


  • 04/2011 - 07/2015
    Promotionsstudium, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für Byzantinistik, Spätantike Archäologie/Byzantinische Kunstgeschichte und Neogräzistik; Abschlussnote: Summa cum laude
  • 09/2006 - 06/2007
    Erasmus Studium, Middlesex University London
  • 10/2003 - 04/2010
    Magisterstudium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Kunst- und Bildgeschichte; Kulturwissenschaft)
  • 06/2002
    Abitur, Johann-Joachim-Winckelmann-Gymnasium, Stendal
  • Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Islam, and medieval Europe
  • Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, Venice and Anatolia

  • Transcultural and global studies
  • Relationship between visual and textual sources
  • Time and history
  • Spolia, cultural heritage, and museum history

  • Seljuk and Ottoman architecture
  • Late antique and Byzantine hagiography
  • Medieval historiography
  • History of Byzantine studies
  • Venice, Anatolia, and How to be Roman
    Bergmeier, Armin
    Duration: 01/2019 - ongoing
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte
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more projects

  • Bergmeier, A.
    The Production of ex novo Spolia, and the Creation of History in Thirteenth-Century Venice
    Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Instituts in Florenz . 2020. 62 (2). pp. 126-157
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  • Bergmeier, A.
    Linien und Umwege: Byzanz, Nation und der Kanon der Kunstgeschichte im deutschsprachigen Raum
    21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual . 2021. 2 (2). pp. 73-95
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  • Griebeler, A. P.; Bergmeier, A. (Eds.)
    Moments of Encounter: Time and Presence in Art (ca. 200-1600 CE)
    Berlin: De Gruyter. 2022
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  • Bergmeier, A.
    Antiquarian Displays of Spolia and Roman Identity: San Marco, Merbaka, and the Seljuk Caravanserais
    In: Jevtić, I.; Nilsson, I. (Eds.)
    Spoliation as Translation. Medieval Worlds in the Eastern Mediterranean. 2021. pp. 76-96
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  • Bergmeier, A.
    The Traditio Legis in Late Antiquity and its Afterlives in the Middle Ages
    Gesta. 2017. 56 (1). pp. 27-52
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more publications

  • Andere herausragende Auszeichnungen: Hans-Janssen-Preis 2018
    Bergmeier, Armin (Institut für Kunstgeschichte)
    awarded in 2018 by Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.
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more awards

  • Internationale Konferenz
    Picturing the Present: Gegenwart im Bild und Bild in der Gegenwart
    Institut für Kunstgeschichte
    Event Organiser: Bergmeier, Armin
    14/06/2018 - 15/06/2018
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  • Workshop
    De-marginalizing Byzantium (Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Venedig)
    Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte
    Event Organiser: Bergmeier, Armin
    07/12/2019 - 08/12/2019
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  • Vortragsreihe
    Byzanz und der Westen: Kolloquium zur materiellen Kultur im Mittelalter
    Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte; Bibliotheca Albertina; Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO)
    Event Organiser: Bergmeier, Armin; Tripps, Johannes; Heinrich-Tamaska, Orsolya
    13/12/2016 - 29/02/2020
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  • Tagungssektion
    Natural Disasters, Sacred Time, and Eschatology in the Eastern Mediterranean, College Art Association Annual Conference (CAA), New York
    Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte
    Event Organiser: Bergmeier, Armin; Mostafa, Heba
    15/02/2017 - 18/02/2017
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  • Tagungssektion
    Connecting the Euromediterranean Cultures Through Venice, 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Istanbul
    Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte
    Event Organiser: Bergmeier, Armin; Feist, Sabine
    23/08/2021 - 28/08/2021
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more events

  • Seminar im Bachelorstudiengang

    Modul: 03-KUG-1202.SE01c

    Epochen und Regionen

    Dienstag, 17 Uhr, WMH 5/14

  • Seminar/Exkursion im Bachelorstudiengang

    Modul: 03-KUG-1204SE01


    Mittwoch, 15 Uhr, WMH 5/14