Beginning this year the department is undertaking a major initiative to reorganize faculty and graduate research along more collaborative and interdisciplinary lines. We have formed research constellations around six major ideas and related tags.
By design, these groups overlap with one another and intersect with disciplines outside art and architectural history. Faculty and graduate students may belong to more than one at a time and may shift as their projects evolve. The ideas and their tags also are not fixed. We expect them to change organically over time, perhaps merging, perhaps splitting, to meet the changing needs of the scholars within them and the field without.
We recognize that traditionally defined areas of expertise remain foundational for rigorous historical inquiry, which has long been a strength of our department. Our constellations are not meant to replace specializations but to connect them in more explicit and imaginative ways. Through connectivity comes innovation and new knowledge. Over the next year we will work these constellations into our departmental programming and our PhD admissions and curriculum.
image/text relations, representational theory, historiography, museums, media
Faculty: Drew Armstrong, Isabelle Chartier, Josh Ellenbogen, Karen Gerhart, Alison Langmead, Kathy Linduff, Kirk Savage, Terry Smith, Frank Toker
ritual, cult objects, idolatry and iconoclasm, patronage, collecting, propaganda
Faculty: Gretchen Bender, Isabelle Chartier, Josh Ellenbogen, Karen Gerhart, Jennifer Josten, Kathy Linduff, Barbara McCloskey, Kirk Savage
monuments and memory, communities and polities, publics, gender, ethnicity, class, race
Faculty: Drew Armstrong, Gretchen Bender, Karen Gerhart, Jennifer Josten, Kathy Linduff, Kirk Savage, Terry Smith
migration, pilgrimage, exploration, tourism, frontiers, contact zones, trade and consumerism
Faculty: Drew Armstrong, Gretchen Bender, Isabelle Chartier, Karen Gerhart, Jennifer Josten, Alison Langmead, Kathy Linduff, Barbara McCloskey, Kirk Savage, Terry Smith
world picturing, cosmopolitanism, temporality, tradition and modernity
Faculty: Isabelle Chartier, Josh Ellenbogen, Alison Langmead, Barbara McCloskey, Kirk Savage, Gao Minglu, Terry Smith
landscape, urbanism, gardens, ecocriticism, historic preservation, architectural history and theory
Faculty: Drew Armstrong, Gretchen Bender, Karen Gerhart, Kathy Linduff, Mina Rajagopalan, Kirk Savage, Terry Smith, Frank Toker
- Art Gallery
- Visual Media Workshop