Nancy Um at Emory University

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 7:30 pm EST, Nancy Um will deliver a lecture entitled “Mapping the Discipline, Plotting the Data of the History of Art,”  for MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas, a lecture series at Emory University, sponsored by the Art History Department and the Center for Digital Scholarship. This lecture will be delivered by Zoom and is open to the public. Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 21: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeklu4kB270FyKdLRsEi9GyREs7vemb30y52dYb9vN6njEh5w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Nancy Um on the New Books Network

Nancy Um spoke with Ahmed AlMaazmi and Jenny Peruski about her book, Shipped but Not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), for the Indian Ocean series of the New Books Network. Listen here: https://newbooksnetwork.com/nancy-um-shipped-but-not-sold-material-culture-and-the-social-protocols-of-trade-during-yemens-age-of-coffee-u-hawaii-press-2017/

Jason (Joonsoo) Park in Sequitur

Doctoral candidate Jason (Joonsoo) Park contributes “Maintenance of Environmental Sculpture: Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape” to Sequitur, which is just published in Sequitur vol.6, issue 2: UnNatural (Spring 2020). Sequitur is a scholarly art and architectural history journal housed within the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture.

Binghamton Art History welcomes new visiting faculty member Shannon Steiner

Binghamton Art History is delighted to welcome Shannon Steiner, joining us as Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Medieval Art. Dr. Steiner’s research focuses on Byzantine cloisonné enamel and precious metalwork, with a focus on the intersection of Byzantine study of the natural sciences with practices of artistic production. Further areas of interest include the role that highly-skilled craftsmanship played in Byzantine articulations of imperial power, and the position of art-making in Byzantine hierarchies of knowledge. She has held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture. She is co-director and off-site advisor to the research program “Alchemy in Byzantium” at the Institute for Historical Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece. Shannon is also a practicing goldsmith and incorporates aspects of historic technique reconstruction into her research and publications. She collaborates with master goldsmiths in Connecticut and Washington DC, and has begun studying blacksmithing at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, PA.

Nancy Um in caa.reviews

Nancy Um’s essay, “What Do We Know about the Future of Art History? Let’s Start by Looking at Its Past, Sixty Years of Dissertations,”  was just published as a special feature in caa.reviews. It looks at the College Art Association (CAA) dissertation roster over its sixty-year history as it migrated across CAA’s print and digital platforms. It also takes a focused look at the past seventeen years of art history PhDs in the US and Canada. Read more here: http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/3797#.Xz56zi2ZPys
Image caption: “Dissertations in Progress,” Art Journal 22, no. 3 (Spring 1963): 168.

Kevin Hatch at El Museo del Barrio

Associate Professor Kevin Hatch will deliver a talk on Wednesday, July 22, as part of the book launch for RAPHAEL MONTAÑEZ ORTIZ, a monograph dedicated to the Nuyorican artist and founder and director of El Museo del Barrio in New York. Prof. Hatch’s talk will be drawn from the chapter he contributed to the book, “Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Media Magus.”

The book launch will be hosted by El Museo, and will take place virtually from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. The event will include the participation of Raphael Montañez Ortiz and monograph editor Javier Rivero Ramos, and will feature contributions from Chon Noriega (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center), Ana Perry (CUNY Graduate Center), and artists Marcos Dimas, Pedro Reyes, and Juan Sanchez. Conversations will be followed by a Q&A.

Admission is free; tickets via Eventbrite are available here:
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Workshop: Managing Your Academic Identity Online

Please consider attending the workshop “Managing Your Academic Identity Online,” to be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 2 pm by Zoom, hosted by the Department of Art History and the Binghamton Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI). This workshop is intended for scholars in the humanities and the qualitative social sciences and will be useful for graduate students as well.

Manage your research images using Tropy

Reap the benefits of all your research by ensuring your digital photos are organized, described, and searchable with the easy to use and free tool, Tropy.  If you have visited archives or collections and returned with countless photos downloaded onto your computer, don’t feel overwhelmed, take charge! Designed for academics and archival researchers, Tropy enables you to categorize, transcribe, create metadata, annotate, record sources and citations, and maintain context invaluable for continued scholarly use.

Join in for a 45 minute demo of Tropy on Zoom, Thursday, July 9, 2:30pm.  Send an email to mfocht@binghamton.edu to RSVP and receive the Zoom access information.

Nancy Um at the Bombay and Indian Ocean Urbanisms Workshop

Nancy Um will deliver a paper entitled, “Two Views of Mocha,” at the plenary session of the Bombay and Indian Ocean Urbanisms Workshop on Friday, June 26, 2020, 9 – 11 am. The conference is hosted by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Center for the Study of Social Difference, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, at Columbia University, and will be held virtually. To RSVP and receive the access information, contact bombayindianoceanurbanisms@gmail.com

Undergraduate Activities: Congratulations to our 2020 graduates!

Art History faculty, students, and families celebrate the graduates with a Zoom toast on May 17, 2020.

  The Art History department congratulates this year’s graduating BA students!

Alyssa Abesamis

Denilson Alvarez

Jess Brody

Nathan Goldberg

Aliza Hornblass

Emily Jelen

Nikhil Jani

Veronica Liszewski

Claire McLagan

Thomas Pellegrino

Caelum Rogers

Kelly Ryan

John James Santiago