Alumni Activities: Cindy Stelmackowich


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.

Graduate Student Activities: Rotem Rozental

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Please follow the link to read doctoral student Rotem Rozental’s recent review for on “Jordan Eagles: Red Giant,” currently on view at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Rotem has also recently conducted interviews with Yaron Lapid and Yochai Avrahami for the Shpilman Institute for Photography.

Congratulations to John Tagg, Distinguished Professor of Art History


John Tagg, newly promoted to the rank of distinguished professor of art history, speaking during the Homecoming weekend opening of the Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room in the University Art Museum.


The Department of Art History sends its warmest congratulations to our own John Tagg, who has been named a distinguished professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. A profile of Professor Tagg in Inside Binghamton says:

John Tagg, professor of art history and of comparative literature, has been promoted to the rank of distinguished professor – the highest academic rank in the SUNY system, conferred by the SUNY Board of Trustees upon those who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their chosen field.

A member of Binghamton’s faculty since 1986, when he came to campus as chair of the Art History program, Tagg remains as excited now as he was then about his discipline, the challenges of shaping and re-shaping the department, and the work he does with students.

“Professor Tagg is one of the world’s most distinguished historians of photography and modern art who draws attention for his insights from a global audience,” said President Harvey Stenger.  “His contributions to the field of art history have had a profound impact on how photography is thought about and on the substantive role photography holds in the modern world.”

Follow the link to read the rest of the article. Congratulations, John!

Graduate Activities: Upcoming dissertation defenses–Hye-ri Oh and Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi

The Department of Art History is pleased to announce the following dissertation defenses:

On Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Hye-ri Oh,
BA, Ewha Womans University, 1992,
MFA, Ewha Womans University, 1999,
MA, University Of Essex, 2002,
and candidate for the doctoral degree in art history,
will defend her dissertation,
The Concept of Photography in Korea: The Genealogy of the Korean Conception of Sajin from the Late Choson Dynastic Period Through Japanese Colonialism,
before a committee composed of Professors John Tagg (Chair), Nancy Um, William Haver (Comparative Literature),
and David Stahl (Asian and Asian American Studies).

On Friday, December 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Art History Commons, FA 218,

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi,
BA, Tel Aviv University, 2004,
MA, Tel Aviv University, 2008,
and candidate for the doctoral degree in art history,
will defend her dissertation,
Feminism and Photography in Britain in the 1970s and Early 1980s,
before a committee composed of Professors John Tagg (Chair), Karen Barzman, Tom McDonough, and Benita Roth (Sociology).

These defenses are public events and open to all. We look forward to a lively, instructive and informative discussion and invite you all to attend.

Barbara Abou-el-Haj to speak at Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH) today

Join us today for the next event in the IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series. Associate Professor Barbara Abou-el-Haj will present “Lordship and Commune: A Comparative Study of Building and Decorating in Reims and Amiens” at noon in the IASH Conference Room (LN 1106).

This project is a comparative study of two cathedrals built competitively in very different circumstances: Reims (ca.1211- ca.1260), the coronation cathedral, a premier archdiocese ruled by an archbishop-count, and his suffragan cathedral, Amiens (ca.1220- ca.1264), a self-ruled commune, independent of episcopal jurisdiction for one hundred years before the new cathedral was begun. It assesses this history in the modern era as well. Churches are either affirmed or understood as consensual, but in both cases tremendous resistance can be detected. My aim is also to bring locals into these histories.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities was established in 2009 in order to support research, teaching, and programming in the humanities and about topics relevant to the humanities, inspire the cross-pollination of ideas, encourage emerging knowledges and ways of knowing, and spark meaningful campus-community engagement at Binghamton University.

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Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at Harvard


This Thursday, November 14, Associate Professor and Chair Tom McDonough will participate in a panel on the artist Chris Marker at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte. The exhibition is accompanied by a retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive.