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Rana Brentjes

Digital Content Curator (Sep 2022-Sep 2024)

Rana Brentjes is the Digital Content Curator in the Visualization of the Heavens Working Group in Department III. In this role, she cleans and develops the image database. She provides services such as research requests, organization of workshops, book editing, and material in the form of image collections for scholarly presentations. Moreover, she collaborates with researchers in the VoH group and members of Research IT.

She brings to her task a broad educational profile as a photo-designer, contemporary art historian (MA Sotheby’s/Manchester University) and GDR historian (Goldsmith College, University of London) and a work experience as an art curator, assistant editor of art catalogs and administrator. Between 2017 and 2022, Brentjes was the assistant editor of The Routledge Handbook of the Sciences in Islamicate Societies. Practices from the 2nd/8th to the 13th/19th centuries (2023). In 2022, she co-edited Imaging the Heavens across Eurasia from Antiquity to Early Modernity (Mimesis, 2023). She organizes the annual lecture series of the VoH group and co-organized the VoH Databases workshop in October 2022.

Beyond curating the database, she prepares, together with researchers, story maps for specific VoH themes, is working on a virtual exhibition, and planning a series of mini-events on Database related topics.

Projects

Image Database: Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens

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Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE)

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Selected Publications

Brentjes, Sonja, Peter Barker, and Rana Brentjes (2023). Routledge Handbook on the Sciences in Islamicate Societies: Practices from the 2nd/8th to the 13th/19th Centuries. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315170718.

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Past Events

Workshop

Visualizations of the Heavens—The Database as a Research Tool

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Lecture

Constellations and Celestial Globes from the Islamic World: The Use of Virtual Reality Technology as a New Interpretative Tool

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Lecture

Orientation and Organization of the Zodiacal Image in the Roman Empire

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Science in Practice: Astronomical Instruments in the Islamic World

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The Grand Zodiacal Tablets and the Papyri Graecae Magicae: Which Connection between Magic and Astrology?

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Imagining the Stars in Premodern Eurasia: Intercultural Comparisons Between East and West Asia

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