Dominik Gutmeyr is Assistant Professor for Southeastern European History and Anthropology at University of Graz. He is manager of the EC-funded H2020-RISE project “Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures in the Humanities. Europe and the Black Sea Region”.
Curriculum Vitae – MMag. Dr. Dominik Gutmeyr
Dominik Gutmeyr studied history and Slavonic studies (B/C/S and Russian) at the universities of Graz, Belgrade and Pula. In 2016, he obtained his PhD from the University of Graz in history with a dissertation entitled “Borderlands Orientalism or How the Savage Lost His Nobility. The Russian Perception of the Caucasus between 1817–1878” for which he received the Josef-Krainer-Förderungspreis and which was published in 2017.
He joined SEEHA in 2012 and is currently managing his second Horizon2020-project (2012–2016: MemoryROW – Politics of Memory and Memory Cultures of the Russian-Ottoman War 1877/1878. From Divergence to Dialogue / 2017–2020: KEAC-BSR – Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures in the Humanities. Europe and the Black Sea Region). In the framework of these two projects and for research purposes he was seconded to Azerbaijan’s and Armenia’s Academies of Sciences, to Matenadaran Yerevan, to Shota-Rustaveli-University Batumi, to SKFU Stavropol' and to Pyatigorsk SLU, for several months each. Furthermore, he was guest researcher at the Historical Institute of the University of Montenegro in 2014 and received a Baltica grant to work at University of Tallinn in 2017.
Areas of Research and Teaching:
His research foci encompass visual cultures in Southeastern Europe and the Russian Empire, especially in the wider Caucasus region, photography and the creation of knowledge, construction, perception and exchange of images of the self and the other as well as histories of space and communication.
“Camera Caucasica – Networks of Photographic Practices in the Transimperial Caucasus”
The project explores networks that provided the conceptual and practical basis for the production and reception of spatial images within a complex zone of transimperial communication and circulation. It puts an emphasis on the visual construction of the region from an imperial Russian vantage point and calls attention to alternative spatial visions in photographic discourses within and across the borders of the Russian Empire.
Gutmeyr, Dominik (2019): “Institutionalising Knowledge and Circulating Imagery. Nineteenth-Century Britain’s Encounter with the Russian Empire’s Borderlands.” In: Iakovos D. Michailidis and Giorgos Antoniou, eds.: Institution Building and Research under Foreign Domination. Europe and the Black Sea Region (early 19th–early 20th centuries). Thessaloniki: Epikentro.
Gutmeyr, Dominik and Karl Kaser, eds. (2018): Europe and the Black Sea Region. A History of Early Knowledge Exchange (1750–1850). Zurich: LIT.
Gutmeyr, Dominik (2017): Borderlands Orientalism or How the Savage Lost His Nobility. The Russian Perception of the Caucasus between 1817–1878. Vienna: LIT.