Visiting Fellow Raymond Bulambula guides a UVA art student in making a "Marratjirri" Morning Star Pole.

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

Political Thinking at the Margins

A Global Conference
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, April 6 + Friday, April 7, 2017 

1 West Range, Hotel A, University of Virginia

This two-day interdisciplinary conference brings together established and emerging scholars of colonialism, settler-colonialism, and race for a discussion of law, violence, borders, war, property, sovereignty, the global, and the humanities in different contexts around the globe.

Bigelow Receives Fellowships

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.

Visiting Scholar: Jeremy A. Sabloff

Monday, March 27, 2017

"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.

Fellows Selected to Develop Indigenous Arts Courses

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

Janet Fieldhouse: Artist-in-Residence at Kluge-Ruhe

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'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



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