Sebastian Borkhardt studied History of Art, East Slavonic Philology and Religious Studies in Tübingen and Saint Petersburg. After completing his M.A. in 2011, he started his doctoral research at the University of Tübingen. His dissertation examines the role of the Russian roots of Vasily Kandinsky in the reception of the artist’s work in Germany and is supervised by Professor Dr. Eva Mazur-Keblowski (Tübingen) and Professor Dr. Ada Raev (Bamberg).
Sebastian received a scholarship from the State Graduate Funding (Landesgraduiertenförderung) of Baden-Württemberg and from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). His interests include modernism, with particular focus on Russian art, as well as reception history, human-animal studies, and contemporary museum practice. Sebastian is currently preparing an article for publication in a collected volume entitled Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art, ed. by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow, Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.