Maren C. Biederbick, Alumni


Maren C. Biederbick (Germany, 1980)

M.A. in History of Art

PhD project
‘Imprints of Loyalty and Corporate Identity in Early Modern Landscape’ – New Index to Paolo Giovio’s and Gabriele Symeoni’s Devises, Lyon 1574
This Ph.D.-project is based on a 400 year-old book in the library of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, the Dialogo dell’Imprese Militari et Amorose from Paolo Giovio and Gabriele Symeoni, edited by Guglielmo Rovillio, Lyon 1574. It is a centre piece of emblematic literature which presents individual signs of upper class-members of its time. Signs constitute identity. Internationally the so called imprese were used on an exclusive level for non-verbal communication of political intentions. The aim is to trace the evolutionary variety of each of the 139 signs mentioned in the book by an inventarisation in situ of their ornamental being on buildings for example. The locations point out landscapes of their reign, of loyalty and alliances. This Ph. D.-project intends to work up this early modern handbook about its contemporanean phenomena of imprese in the way that the relevance of this medium, subject and their examples is revealed. During this process new discoveries about the culture of early modern times will be made. Presenting the results in a tabulated catalogue will not only deliver a prosopographic register and an iconographic handbook to the Renaissance, but will also provide information about early modern mentality in its diverse facets of acquisition and utilization of knowledge, forming of identity, advertisement, publicity and pastime.
Research interests Sociology of knowledge, object-based research under the aspects of the spatial, social and iconic turn, gender-studies, etymology, research-up in museums, trans-epochal comparison of styles, intercultural comparison of myths, proveniences, grotesque counter-aesthetic and kitsch.
Post PhD Position Curator Trainee at Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum Ingolstadt

Member of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University.

June 2011 - July 2011
Active Participation in the 9th international Conference of the “Society for Emblem Studies” at the University of Glasgow, Great Britain (thanks to the equalization-commissioner of Kiel University and the Dr.-Peter-Hirschfeld-Foundation).

April 2010 – February 2011
Kiel University, Germany. Doctoral research project in European Ethnology / Folklore. Thesis: “The Museum as Institution of Education: Balance Act between the Expectation of Visitors, the Social Discussion and Criticism of Experts as well as the Demanding of Scientists“. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Silke Göttsch-Elten.

February 2009 – March 2010
Kiel University, Germany. Studies in European Ethnology / Folklore (i. a., sociology of knowledge, museums, migration, religious landscapes)

December 2008
Kiel University, Germany. Magistra Artium in History of Art. Thesis: “The Role of Women in Max Klinger’s Graphic Opus XII ‘Brahms-Phantasie’ from 1894”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kuder.

October 2001 – September 2003 and July 2004 – August 2007
Kiel University, Germany. Studies in History of Art, Roman Philology (Italian) and European Ethnology / Folklore.

October 2003 – June 2004
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. Scholarship of the Foreign Ministery of Italy (in cooperation with the DAAD). Studies in History of Art, Italian Philology and Modern History.

Work experience

2012 – 2013
Project scientist at the Medicine- and Pharmacy-Historical Collection of Kiel University, Germany (digi-CULT-registration of Esmarch’s Graphics).

2007 – 2013
Visitor-Guide at the University Art Museum Kiel, Germany (special exhibitions, the concepts of “SEE History” and further presentations of the collection in German, English and French).

January 2007 – April 2007
Coordinator Public Outreach at the University Art Museum Kiel, Germany (intermediary).

2006 – 2008
Student assistent for Professor Dr. Christoph Jobst of the Institute of Art History of Kiel University, Germany.

2006 – 2008
Tourist-Guide for Kiel and the Naval Memorial Laboe by the order of Sartori & Berger Kiel, Germany (in German, English, French and Italian).

February – April 2006
Research assistant at the University Library Kiel, Germany (for the touring exhibition “History of Art during National Socialism“).

2005 – 2006
Tutor at the Institute of Art History of Kiel University, Germany (for 1st-semesters of the architecture-class).

2004 – 2013
Teacher and private tutor at the Institute for Education and Training Rendsburg / Kiel, Germany (Elementary- till High-School-Level in German, English, French, Spanish, Social Sciences, Math, Biology and Art).

2003 – 2004
Translator at the Interpreting and Translating Agency NORD Kiel, Germany (for English, French, Italian).

2000 – 2001
Internship at the SCEA Glatigny, France (agriculture and mechanics).

Selected publications

M. C. Biederbick: ‚Lapillum in pede‘ – Die Kraniche im Heiligen-Geist-Hospital in Wismar. Ein Anwendungsversuch der Korrespondenz-Analyse in der Kunstgeschichte. In: Ingrid Höpel / Lars Olof Larsson (Ed.): Emblematik im Ostseeraum – Emblematics around the Baltic. Beiträge zur 10. Internationalen Tagung der Society for Emblem Studies an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel 28.07.- 01.08.2014, Kiel 2016, (Mundus Symbolicus, 3), pp. 151-167.

M. C. Biederbick: Das Bildprogramm an der Corswandt-Grabkapelle in St. Nikolai zu Greifswald. In: Ingrid Höpel (Ed.): Architektur als Ort für Embleme. Beiträge zu einer Tagung des Kunsthistorischen Instituts der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel am 26.01.2013, Kiel 2014, (Mundus Symbolicus, 2), pp. 43-57.

Heinrich Friedrich Füger - Die ersten Eltern an Abels Leiche, in: Dirk Luckow (Ed.): Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Die Sammlung, Köln, pp. 66-67.

Emil Nolde - Die Zinsmünze, in: Dirk Luckow (Ed.): Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Die Sammlung, Köln, pp. 276-277.

Stefan Kern - Ohne Titel (Kette), in: Dirk Luckow (Ed.): Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Die Sammlung, Köln, pp. 550-551.


Since 2015
Member of the international research project "Mundus Emblematicus" (

Since 2011
Member of the “Society for Emblem Studies”.

Since 2009
Member of the “Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e. V.”, Bonn, Germany.

Since 2005
Member of the „DAAD-Freundeskreis e. V.“, Bonn, Germany.

Elected substitute of the Doctoral Candidate's representation in the Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Graduate Center of Kiel University, Germany.