Dr. Malika Maskarinec
Academic associate / lecturer

Malika Maskarinec

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes

Academic associate / lecturer



Malika Maskarinec received her BA from Reed College in 2005 in philosophy and German literature. From 2006 to 2013 she was a PhD student in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago and graduated with a dissertation titled “Balancing Acts: The Acrobatics of Form and Force 1900-1930.“ From 2013 to 2015 she was a postdoctoral researcher at eikones the NCCR Iconic Criticism in the project “Form and Image in Modernity.” Since 2015 she has been a researcher and managing director of research and education at eikones—Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel. Her first book The Forces of Form in German Modernism published at Northwestern University Press appeared in 2018 


Maskarinec, M. (2019) ‘So Zeichnen wie wir Schreiben: Johannes Ittens Krefelder Tagebücher’, in Wagner, C., Zimmer, N. Z., and Kunstmuseum Bern (eds) Johannes Itten: Kunst als Leben. Zürich: Scheidegger & Spiess, pp. 48-65.   edoc
Klammer, M., Maskarinec, M., Villinger, R. and Ubl, R. (2019) ‘Formbildung und Formbegriff. Zur Einleitung’, in Klammer, M., Maskarinec, M., Villinger, R., and Ubl, R. (eds) Formbildung und Formbegriff. Das Formdenken der Moderne. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink (Eikones), pp. 9-31.   edoc
Maskarinec, M. (2019) ‘Form als Streit der Kräfte: Kant, Schopenhauer und Simmel’, in Markus Klammer, M. M. and Ralph Ubl, R. V. (eds) Formbildung und Formbegriff Das Formdenken der Moderne. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, pp. 35-60.   edoc

Current Research Projects

  • Picturing Heimat: The Return of Heimat in Contemporary German Film
  • The Format of Life: Gottfried Keller and the Making of Literatur.