Archive for February, 2013

New Directions in Medieval European and Islamic Art

February 20, 2013

New Directions The Art History Program invites you to the New Directions in Medieval and Islamic Art symposium on Friday, March 8th. Organized and moderated by Art History’s ACLS New Faculty Fellow Seth Hindin, New Directions includes young scholars from throughout Northern California.

Complete schedule:
2:00-2:10: Introduction by Seth Adam Hindin (ACLS New Faculty Fellow, UC Davis)
2:10-2:40: Beatrice Kitzinger (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford), “On Medieval Figures of Progress and Change”
2:40-3:10: Asa Mittman (Associate Professor, Chico State), “In the Cold Land of Bizo: Expelling Jews on Medieval Maps”
3:10-3:40: Patricia Blessing (Visiting Lecturer, Stanford), “Architecture, Space, and the Body in Medieval Anatolia”
3:40-4:10: Beate Fricke (Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley), “Crafts of Blood and Shapes of Life”
4:10-4:30: Q&A period
An informal reception with the speakers will follow in the lobby of the Art Building.

Additional sponsors include the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of French and Italian, the Classics Program, the Middle East/South Asian Studies Program, and the Davis Humanities Institute.

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Art historian and visiting lecturer Melanie Michailids

February 5, 2013

The Art History Program mourns the loss of ourmichailidis (1) colleague and friend Melanie Michailidis. Melanie died on Friday night in a car accident in Saint Louis, Missouri where she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Washington University and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

A historian of Islamic art who specialized in Medieval Iranian architecture, Melanie was a Visiting Lecturer in this program from 2008-2010. She taught courses in Islamic art and architecture and filled in for Professor Watenpaugh who was also one of her professors at MIT where Melanie received her PhD in 2007. Melanie was an enthusiastic and popular instructor and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award here at UC Davis.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family of Melanie Michailidis is asked to use the following address:
The Grimsley Family
c/o Department of Art History and Archaeology Washington University in St Louis
CB 1189
One Brookings Drive
St Louis MO 6313

Washington University in Saint Louis’ announcement and obituary
Melanie discussing the Saint Louis Museum’s Islamic collection