National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington, D.C. | February 17–May 14, 2017
Fayerweather Hall, McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Allison Bigelow, Assistant Professor of Spanish at UVA, has won two fellowships for her research on how European and indigenous empires responded to the same metallic materials in different ways. The Huntington awarded Bigelow a Barbara Thom fellowship, and the American Council of Learned Societies awarded her an ACLS Fellowship.
"Beyond Ancient Maya Temples, Palaces, and Tombs: How Maya Archaeologists Discovered the 99% Through the Study of Pre-Columbian Settlement Patterns"
Lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Jeremy A. Sabloff
5 p.m. - Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library auditorium
Reception to Follow
Current scholarly understandings of Pre-Columbian Maya civilization are quite different from the traditional model of ancient Maya civilization that dominated the field of Maya studies until recently and still dominates public perception of the ancient Maya. In part, this new view is due to both the significant increase in archaeological studies in the Maya area in the past few decades and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic texts, which have provided new insights into Maya history. However, much of the change is due to the introduction and rapid spread of settlement pattern studies more than a half a century ago. This lecture examines the major impact of the methodology of settlement pattern research on Maya archaeology and how such studies have moved archaeological studies away from their concentration on the ruling elites to a broader, more realistic approach that looks at elites and commoners alike.
Jeremy Sabloff is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, and former director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (1994-2004). An archaeologist, he recently retired as president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he continues as a member of the external faculty. He has written or edited 21 books and monographs on ancient Maya civilization, the rise of complex societies and cities, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries (London). The Society for American Archaeology honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal.
The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative has awarded fellowships to three Arts & Sciences faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year as part of an effort to establish UVA as a research center of excellence for the study of the Indigenous arts. The new Mellon Arts Fellows are:
- Matthew Burtner, Professor and Chair, McIntire Department of Music
S. Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History, Corcoran Department of History
Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor of Art History, McIntire Department of Art
The Rare Book School has added a new course, The History & Construction of the Mesoamerican Codex, 600–1550, to be offered 16–21 July at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The course will we taught by John Hessler, Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress. A brief description is below:
'Body Ornaments' by Janet Fieldhouse - Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
From March 10 to April 9, 2017, Janet Fieldhouse will visit Charlottesville as an artist-in-residence at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. While here, she will develop ideas for new bodies of work, teach sculpture classes at UVA, give tours of the exhibition and present an artist talk at the museum, and provide a workshop at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Read more about the artist and exhibition here.
9.30am - 1.30pm
142 Wilson Hall
University of Virginia
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Hanadi Al-Samman, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
"Queering the Arab Closet"
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Jack Chen, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
"Towards a Literary History of Information in Traditional China"
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Camilla Fojas, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies
"Techno-Domestics, Telecommunications, and Surveillance across the American Pacific"
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Mary Kuhn, Assistant Professor, Department of English
"'The vulgar short leaved pine': Forest Industries and the U.S. Literary Landscape in the Late-19th Century"
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
3-4 pm - Multicultural Student Center, Lower Level, Newcomb Hall
Join Mellon Indigneous Arts Program Coordinator Amanda Wagstaff to find out more about Mellon Museum Internship Grants - $3500 grants to support UVA students who secure unpaid internships at museums, historic sites, or archives.
Who is eligible?
- Rising second, third, and fourth year students in all fields of study
- Students in good academic standing (3.0+ GPA)
- Students who identify at African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or students with disabilities.