Sanja Savkić

Dr. Sanja Savkić

Bilderfahrzeuge

Associate Researcher
The International Research Group “Bilderfahrzeuge: Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut 
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

savkic@bilderfahrzeuge.org

Aktuelle Informationen zum Projekt finden Sie auf der Webseite: https://bilderfahrzeuge.hypotheses.org/

Research interests

Pre-Columbian art and visual history; Mesoamerican art and visual history; artistic and intellectual connections and exchange between New Spain and Europe during XVI century; indigenous visual cultures in the Americas; ancient art and visual history; mobility/migration of images, objects, aesthetic practices, ideas and transfer of knowledge cross-culturally; global art history; image- and place-making; time and space in visual arts and architecture.

Vita

Sanja Savkić studied Hispanic philology at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. She received her Magister degree in Mesoamerican Studies, as well as Ph.D. in Art History (Indigenous Art of the Americas) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2012, she was honored as the most distinguished graduate in art history, and received the Alfonso Caso Medal for her doctoral dissertation. Savkic was a postdoctoral fellow at the UNAM’s Institute of Anthropological Research from 2014-16. From 2016-17, she was an Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, a research program initiated by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Recently, Savkic also collaborated with the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin on the preparation of the information and conceptual solutions for several media stations related to the exhibition of its Mesoamerican collection at the Humboldt Forum. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf. Presently she holds the position of associate researcher in the framework of the international research group “Bilderfahrzeuge: Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of lconology,” and works on her research project The lives of things in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and early colonial New Spain. The cross-disciplinary approach she cultivates (art history–anthropology–archaeology) has been an integral part of her research relating to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican visual cultures, especially the ancient Maya, to which now she is summing the study of artistic and intellectual connections and exchange between New Spain and Europe during XVI century.

 

Publications (selected)

Books (Editorships/ Monographs)

Culturas visuales indígenas en las Américas desde la antigüedad hasta el presente [Indigenous Visual Cultures in the Americas’ Past and Present], Estudios Indiana 13, ed. by Sanja Savkić, in collaboration with Hannah Baader. Berlin: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gebr. Mann Verlag (forthcoming). ISBN: 978-3-7861-2831-1 (print and online publication).

Sanja Savkić, Valores plástico-formales del arte maya del Preclásico tardío a partir de las configuraciones visuales de San Bartolo, Petén, Guatemala [Doctoral Dissertation in Art History (2012), Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)]. Mexico: UNAM, Dirección General de Publicaciones y Fomento Editorial – Dirección General de Cómputo y Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación – Dirección General de Evaluación Institucional – Colection Ciencia Nueva: Doctorados UNAM, 2016, 366 pp., 2 plates. ISBN: 978-607-02-5715-5 (online publication).
http://www.ciencianueva.unam.mx/repositorio/handle/123456789/127

Journal essays/ articles

Sanja Savkić, “Pirámide de las Pinturas de San Bartolo, El Petén, Guatemala: espacialidad”, in Estudios de Cultura Maya, Vol. L. Mexico: Centro de Estudios Mayas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, UNAM, 2017, pp. 61-94.

Sanja Savkić, “Composition, perception and signification of the Maya Late Preclassic images on the corners of the edifices”, in: Matica Srpska Proceedings for Fine Arts 42. Novi Sad: Matica srpska, 2014, pp. 13-26.

Sanja Savkić, “Architecture at San Bartolo, El Peten, Guatemala: Object and Subject”, in: Anthropology 14, Vol. 1, Journal of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology. Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, 2014, pp. 79–95.

Sanja Savkić, “Léxico cromático y la ideología maya”, in: Estudios de Cultura Maya 36. Mexico: Centro de Estudios Mayas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, UNAM, 2011, pp. 99–119.

Essays for edited volumes

Sanja Savkić and Massimo Stefani, “La Gran Plaza de Calakmul en el Preclásico tardío”, in: Proceedings of the Primer Congreso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural y Nuevas Tecnologías: Una visión Contemporánea, 2015 (online publication).
[S. Savkic: Text; M. Stefani: 3D images and videos]
http://www.pcnt.inah.gob.mx/pdf/14254964342.pdf (Text)

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić, “Tombs of K’inich Janaab Pakal I and Jasaw Chan K’awiil I: Materiality of death and the matter of permanence”
To be published in the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press Jurnals, publ. in association with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University; Ed. Francesco Pelizzi).
This will be a special issue of RES, derived from the workshop Fashioned from Holy Matter. A Cross-Cultural Workshop on the Semantics of Image-Making (2017), coord. by Jessica Richardson and Annette Hoffmann, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut.

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić, “La materialidad de la palabra maya antigua: el caso de los huesos labrados”
To be published in the colective book Los sistemas de escritura mesoamericanos, ed. by Erik Velásquez García and María Elena Vega Villalobos. Mexico: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM.
This book is a result of the PAPIIT IN402213 collective project “Las escrituras jeroglíficas maya y náhuatl: desciframiento, análisis y problemas actuales,” UNAM, Mexico.

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić, “La integración plástica en la sexta fase arquitectónica del grupo Las Pinturas de San Bartolo, Guatemala”
To be published in the book product of the collective research project Architecture and Other Arts, in the framework of the seminar Architecture and Urbanism, coord. by Verónica Hernández Díaz. Mexico: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM.

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić, “The Appropriation of Space and Time through the Built Environment: The Case of Las Pinturas Group at San Bartolo, Guatemala”
To be published in the Proceedings of International Conference Signs of Place: A Visual Interpretation of Landscape (2016), ed. by Julian Jansen van Rensburg. Berlin: Excellence Cluster Topoi, Freie Universität.

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić and Massimo Stefani, “Narrativas a través del entorno construido de la Gran Plaza de Calakmul”
To be published in Proceedings of the I Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura e Iconografía Precolombina (2016). Valencia: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. [S. Savkic: Text; M. Stefani: 3D images]

Forthcoming. Sanja Savkić, “La serpiente con plumas y otros polimorfos con rasgos serpentinos en la imaginería maya temprana”
To be published in the Proceedings of the XXXVIII Coloquio Internacional de Historia del Arte: Animalística (2014), coord. by Pablo Francisco Amador Marrero. Mexico: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM.