Meet the team


Pamela Geldmacher

A warm welcome to this website. My name is Pamela Geldmacher and I am a research assistant at the Institute of Art History at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. I am very fortunate to be able to organize this International Summer School with the help of funds raised by the Prorectorate for International Affairs of the HHU.

Working with my team is a great fortune and one of the most enriching experiences I have had recently. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic has turned my original concept inside out and moved me into digital space, I am now very happy to experience this as a laboratory for our international cooperation. I’m very excited about our lively exchange across four time zones and all the miscellaneous contributions and positions.


Julie Laval

Salut, my name is Julie Laval and I am an art history graduate student at the University of Düsseldorf. During the last few months, I was fortunate enough to be part of the development and digital “re-creation” of the International Summer School. My main area of work, which was drafting and implementing the new digital concept of the Summer School, allowed me to think outside the box in creative and exciting ways.

Even though my current research focus lies in the artistic production of 17th and 18th century France and Italy as well as the 20th century European Avantgarde, I hope to contribute to the diverse discussions and topics and I am of course excited to get to know reseachers from around the world.


Michelle Edwina Seifert

Hello, my name is Michelle Edwina Seifert. I just started my masters in art history this semester. Throughout my bachelor’s degree I fell in love with architecture, specifically with the gothic period, the Gothic Revival and British fan vaults. Next to uni I have a band and love making music. 

Being part of the Summer School’s amazing team has been a whole new work experience so far. Everybody tries to do their best in creating an – unfortunately digital- adventure for the participants, myself being one, as well. So from first hand speaking I can assure you that there is lots of passion and thought within the program. I am the camera woman and my main occupation was creating the videos and like all of us, helping with the digitalization of the Summer School. 


Anne Groh

Hi there! My name is Anne Groh, I am a master student for art history in Düsseldorf and a freelance art mediator in Duisburg. Two years ago, I did my bachelor’s degree in art history and information science and wrote my thesis about the correlations between materiality and transience in Damien Hirst’s oeuvre. Since then I did a complete turnaround towards research on late medieval and renaissance sculpture.

Within the International Summer School I take my chance to return to more contemporary cross-border issues and also refresh my information science background by creating the website and working on digital platforms. With regard to the summer school, I am really excited for some open-minded debates and creative thought processes.


Media Center

Finally, howdy from the Art History Media Center at the HHU Düsseldorf!
While we (as part of a seven-member team) usually provide media and technology support for the whole institute, Pamela gave us the lovely opportunity to work a bit more freely and creatively in preparation of the Summer School. The-Duy Hoang, our technical expert and rabbit family owner, mainly assisted Michelle with the video shoot and editing, whereas our Joseph Beuys specialist and artist, Dennis Cibula, contributed all of the amazing sketches you’ll find around here! Lastly, Gabriele Auer, our animal rights activist, is responsible for the digital designs.