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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