Sharon Smith (PhD, 2009) presented a paper, “Gather Knowledge: Evolving Systems of Documentation in Islamic Environmental Design”, this past weekend, April 11-12, 2014, at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT conference on “The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman.” For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/akpia/www/symporangi.htm.
Sharon C. Smith is the Program Head at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and Co-Director of Archnet. Her areas of specialization include Middle Eastern art and architecture, and Early Modern Italian art and architecture. Sharon sits on several boards, including the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), and was recently named a Fellow of the Institute, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). In addition, Sharon serves as image editor for Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. She has presented widely on issues of documentation, digitization, and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as on art historical topics primarily focused on visual and material culture in the Early Modern Mediterranean.
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Congratulations to Jasmine Burns (MA ’13), the winner of this year’s Gerd Muehsam Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America. Jasmine received the award for her paper “Digital Facsimiles and the Modern Viewer: Medieval Manuscripts and Archival Practice in the Age of New Media,” which was based on her MA thesis.
This month’s Harpur Perspective features a look at “Writing the Global City: A Tribute to Professor Anthony D. King,” hosted this past October by the department of Art History:
Distinguished professors, artists, scholars and researchers gathered from around the globe to participate in an interdisciplinary art history conference held at Binghamton University in October.
“Writing the Global City” was a tribute conference to Professor Emeritus Anthony D. King, who taught for two decades in the art history and sociology departments (from 1987 through 2006). The conference, organized by the Binghamton University Art History Department, celebrated King’s legacy of scholarship, research, publications and mentorship of architectural and urban scholars.
“I prefer to see today’s conference not as a tribute to my own achievements,” said King, “but rather to the faculty, facilities and friendships I’ve made here (at Binghamton University) which have provided the opportunity for me to do what I’ve been able to do.”
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Cindy Stelmackowich (PhD 2010) is currently a research fellow at the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study in Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, working on a project titled Making 18th-Century Medical Knowledge Visible: Regimes of Visuality, Technologies of Vision during the German Enlightenment. She was delighted to find that fellows have office space in an observatory built in 1803, whose renovation around ten years ago into a modern office and reception space kept intact a number of historical instruments and meridian rooms. In 1751, Göttingen also became the first city in the world to have a maternity hospital and clinic, so it has important obstetrical and medical moulage collections. And it is the place to see Blumenbach’s skulls––collected by the renowned doctor in the 18th century to further the research and teaching that established the field of ‘comparative anatomy’ studies.
Hala Auji (PhD, 2013) was recently invited to speak at Pepperdine University as part of Payson Library’s NEH-funded “Bridging Cultures” series, and also presented her work at the Historians of Islamic Art Majlis in New Orleans on October 10.
In December, with the support of a Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellowship in Publishing History, Hala will begin research on printed Arabic ephemera at Harvard University’s Houghton Library for her book manuscript, Typesetting Modernity: The American Missionary Press and the Rise of Print Culture in the Arab World, which expands upon themes from her dissertation. She will also be teaching a course in Islamic art at UCLA in the spring of 2014.
Click here to read Binghamton University Magazine’s profile of alumna Leigh George (MA ’96, PhD ’02), who has put her study of art history to use as a tool for understanding social media.