Alumni Activities: Zohreh Soltani at the Frick Symposium on the History of Art

Every spring, the Art History Department sends a graduate student speaker to the Annual Symposium in the History of Art, held at the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. The symposium is organized by the Graduate Student Organization of the IFA, in collaboration with the Frick Collection curatorial staff. Fourteen graduate programs in Art History in the region participate. 
This past spring, the symposium was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled for this fall as a four-part webinar, during which graduate students will present their papers remotely on Zoom. On Thursday, October 23, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT, Zohreh Soltani (Phd 2020) will present her paper, “Between  Shahyad and Azadi: The Meanings of Monumentality in Revolutionary Tehran.”
More information at https://mailchi.mp/frick/edu_ifasymposium_oct_2020?e=2002903301

Alumni Activities: Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi in Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience

Na’ama Klorman Eraqu (PhD 2013) has contributed the essay “Feminist and Anti-Racist Graffiti Disrupting Public Space in the 1970s in Britain” to the anthology Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience, edited by Eliza Steinbock, Bram Ieven, and Marijke de Valck (New York and London: Routledge, 2021). Find more information and links at https://www.routledge.com/Art-and-Activism-in-the-Age-of-Systemic-Crisis-Aesthetic-Resilience/Steinbock-Ieven-Valck/p/book/9780367219840.

Nancy Um at NYU Shanghai

Nancy Um will deliver the talk, “Viewing Mocha from Sea, Air, and Land,” a Henry Luce Indian Ocean Distinguished Lecture, at the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai. This talk will be presented on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 9 pm (New York)/ Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9 am (Shanghai) via Zoom. Registration is required: https://cga.shanghai.nyu.edu/viewing-mocha-from-sea-air-and-land/

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.