María Isabel Rojas received her Bachelor’s degree in History and her Master’s degree in Art History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). As part of her Masters degree, she spent one semester at the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Freie Universität-Berlin researching political symbolism in architecture, using the example of Berlin-Alexanderplatz. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Art History from the Humboldt Universität-Berlin with a dissertation about the city image of Berlin after German Reunification. In her research she analysed a variety of visual materials produced by the city government, the tourism sector and local urban movements, aiming to address urban and social issues linked to the construction of memory and identity. This project was financially supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).
Since September 2017, Dr. Rojas is a postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Universität Zürich under Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen. Her project, financed by a Bundes-Exzellenz-Stipendium, analyses the representation of Swiss landscape in contemporary political posters and advertising in connection with the construction of national identities. In parallel, she collaborates with the Global Research Index of Political Iconography (GRIPI), an international project building a global image database in cooperation with partner projects at the universities in Mexico City, London, and Hamburg.
Political Iconography; Architecture and Urbanism; History and Representation of the City; Visual Studies; Landscape; Bildwissenschaft.