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BISSERA V. PENTCHEVA
Department of Art & Art History

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305

T (650) 724-4426

F. (650) 725-0140

bissera@stanford.edu



EDUCATION
Ph.D. 2001, Harvard University, Medieval and Byzantine Art and Architecture, Dissertation: "Images and Icons of the Virgin and Their Public in Middle Byzantine Constantinople"
M.A. 1998, Harvard University, Medieval and Roman Art and Architecture
B.A. 1995, Dartmouth College, Art History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

AREAS OF INTEREST
Byzantine art and architecture; phenomenology and aesthetics; poetry, ekphrasis, and prosody; Byzantine musicology; architectural psychoacoustics; icons, medieval image theory, Iconoclasm, cult of the Mother of God; court arts, ceremony, liturgy, and ancient magic

EMPLOYMENT
2010 – present: Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford

University, and (by courtesy), Department of Classics, Stanford University

2009 – 2010: Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Classics, Stanford University

2003 – 2009: Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University



PUBLICATIONS
Books

Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017) forthcoming
The Sensual Icon: Space, Ritual, and the Senses in Byzantium (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010), paper back 2013. www.thesensualicon.com
Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), paperback 2014

received the John Nicholas Brown Prize 2010 of the Medieval Academy of America for an outstanding first monograph in Medieval Studies.


Icone e pottere: La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio (Milan: Jaca Book Spa, 2010), Italian translation.


Edited Volumes

Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium, ed. B. Pentcheva (Ashgate, 2016)
Articles
I. Peer-reviewed
“Music and Liturgy in Hagia Sophia” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, online, peer-reviewed, 10,000 words
“In-spiriting in the Byzantine Rite of Consecration (Kathierōsis),” in Codex Aqvilarensis 30 (2015): 37–65.

“Mirror, Inspiration, and the Making of Art in Byzantium,” Convivium 1/2 (2014): 10–39.


“Performing the Sacred in Byzantium: Image, Breath, and Sound,” PRI Performance Research International 19/3 (2014): 120–28.
“The Power of Glittering Materiality: Mirror Reflections Between Poetry and Architecture in Greek and Arabic Medieval Culture,” Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Supplementa 47 (2015): 223–68.
“The Aesthetics of Landscape and Icon at Sinai” Res. Anthropology and Aesthetics 65/66 (2015): 194–211.
“Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics,” Gesta 50/2 (2011): 93–111.
"Moving Eyes: Surface and Shadow in the Byzantine Mixed-Media Relief Icon," Res. Anthropology and Aesthetics 53 (2009): 223-34.
“The Performative Icon, The Art Bulletin 88/4 (2006): 631-55.
“Containers of Power: Eunuchs and Reliquaries in Byzantium” Res. Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics 51 (2007): 109-20.
"Visual Textuality: The Logos as Pregnant Body and Building" Res. Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics 45 (2004): 225-38.
"The Supernatural Protector of Constantinople: The Virgin and Her Icons in the Tradition of the Avar Siege," Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 26 (2002): 2-41.
"Rhetorical Images of the Virgin: The Icon of the 'Usual Miracle' at the Blachernai,"

Res. Journal for Anthropology and Aesthetics 38 (2000): 34-55.
"Imagined Images: Visions of Salvation and Intercession on a Double-Sided Icon from Poganovo,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 54 (2000): 139-53.

II. Articles in edited volumes and conference proceedings


“The Methexic Image” in The Semantics of Vision: Art Production and Visual Cultures in the Middle Ages, ed. R. Praesinger (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, forthcoming).
“Phenomenology of Light: The Glitter of Salvation in Bessarion’s Cross,” in The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology, ed. C. Papadopoulos and G. Earl (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
“Cross, Tunic, Body: Theology through the Phenomenology of Light,” in La stauroteca di Bessarione. Atti delle giornate internazionali di studio La stauroteca di Bessarione, eds. Peter Schreiner Valeria Poletto (Venice, Istituto veneto di scienze, lettere e arti; Gallerie dell'Accademia; Istituto ellenico; Centro tedesco di studi veneziani, forthcoming)
“Vital Inbreathing: Iconicity beyond Representation in Late Antiquity,” in Icons and Images, ed. N. Denysenko (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming)
“Cosmic Sound and the Metaxu: The Creation of Sacred Space in Hagia Sophia,” in Aspects of Christian Culture in Byzantium and Eastern Christianity: Word, Sound and Image in the Context of liturgical and Christian Symbolism, ed. Ivan Moody (Belgrade: Joensuu, forthcoming)
"What is a Byzantine Icon? Constantinople versus Sinai" in The Byzantine World, ed. P. Stephenson (London, New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 265–83.

"From Dance to Chant: The Byzantine Transformation of the Concept of Choros," in Bild, Ding, Kunst, eds. G. Wolf and K. Müller (Berlin/Munich: Deutscher Verlag, 2015), pp. 149-54.


"Räumliche und akustische Präsenz in byzantinischen Epigrammen: Der Fall der Limburger Staurothek," in Die kulturhistorische Bedeutung byzantinischer Epigramme, eds. A. Rhoby und W. Hörandner (Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007) pp. 75-83.
"Painting or Relief: The Ideal Icon in Iconophile Writing in Byzantium," Zograf 31 (2006-2007): 7-13.
"The Miraculous Icon: Medium, Fantasy, and Presence," in: The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium, eds. M. Cunningham and L. Brubaker (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011).
"Epigrams on Icons" in: Art and Text in Byzantine Culture, ed. L. James (New York/Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 120-38.
“The Performance of Relics” in Symmeikta. Collection of Papers Dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the Institute for Art History, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, ed. I. Stevovic (Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, 2012), pp. 55–71.
"The 'Activated' Icon: The Hodegetria Procession and Mary's Eisodos," in: Images of the Mother of God: Perceptions of the Theotokos in Byzantium, ed. M. Vassilaki (London: Ashgate, December 2004), pp. 195-207.

III. Co-authored articles:


Peer-reviewed:

Abel, J.; Bryan, N.; Huang, P.; Kolar, M.; Pentcheva, B. "Estimating Room Impulse Responses from Recorded Balloon Pops." Audio Engineering Society 129th Convention (November 2010).


Exhibition Catalogues, Encyclopedias
“Medieval Architecture” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, forthcoming
"Icons" in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2006).
Catalogue entries in: Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons of Sinai, eds. R. Nelson and K. Collins (L.A.: Getty Art Museum, 2006).
"The Virgin of Constantinople: Power and Belief," essay and catalogue entries in: Byzantine Women and Their World, ed. I. Kalavrezou (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002), pp. 113-19.
"Madonna, Orthodox," in: History of Childhood, ed. P. S. Fass (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).
Catalogue entries in: Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art, ed. M. Vassilaki (Milan: Skira, 2000), 390-93.
Book Reviews

In Speculum 89/4 (2014), Maria Vassilaki, The Hand of Angelos. An Icon Painter in Venetian Crete, ed. Maria Vassilaki. Farnham: Lund Humphries in association with the Benaki Museum, 2010


In Catholic Historical Review 100/1 (2014): 112–13, Walter D. Ray Tasting Heaven on Earth: Worship in Sixth-Century Constantinople, by[The Church at Worship: Case Studies from Christian History.] (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2012
Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti, Space &Sound in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music and Acoustics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010) in The Art Bulletin (2011): 489–91.
Charles Barber, Figure and Likeness. On the Limits of Representation in Byzantine Iconoclasm (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), online at CAA Reviews.
Holger Klein, Byzanz, der Westen und das 'wahre Kreuz.' Die Geschichte einer Reliquie und ihrer künstlerischen Fassung in Byzanz und im Abendland (Spätantike – frühes Christentum – Byzanz. Kunst im ersten Jahrtausend, 17) (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2004), published in Speculum, 2007, pp. 1007-9.


SELECTED HONORS

IKKM Weimar, senior fellowship, declined

Onassis Foundation, USA, sponsor for year-long seminar at Stanford University “Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium,” 2013-2014

Robert and Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship, Clark Institute, AY 2012-2013, declined

Mellon New Directions Fellowship, to study Classical Arabic 2010-2012

Stanford’s Faculty College Grant with Prof. E. Treharne (English, Stanford) and Prof. K. Starkey (German, Stanford) to develop an undergrad. minor in Global Middle Ages

Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, research grant to film in Hagia Sophia, 2010

John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval academy for Icons and Power as outstanding

first monograph in Medieval Studies, 2010

Dean’s Award for Innovation in the Humanities for the project “Icons of Sound:

Architectural Psychoacoustics in Byzantium” conducted together with Jonathan Abel (Stanford Center for Computer Research for Music and Acoustics), 2010

Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant, College Arts Association, for The Sensual Icon, 2009

Richard E. Guggenheim Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 2007-2010

Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2005

Samuel H. Kress Publication Grant, for "Epigrams on Icons", 2005

Medieval Academy of America Publication Grant for Icons and Power, 2004

Post-Doctoral Mellon Fellowship, Columbia University, 2001-2003

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Onassis Foundation, Athens, Greece, 2001-2002

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 2000-2001

Norton Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Harvard University, 1999-2000

Mellon II Grant for Dissertation Research, 1998-1999

Harvard University Merit Grant, 1998-1999

Harvard University Aga Khan Grant for summer research, 1996

Phi Beta Kappa, 1995



LECTURES AND PAPERS
2015 Loyola Marymount University “Inspiration, Mirroring, and the Making of Art in Byzantium” invited lecture.
Cantor Museum, “Animation in Medieval Art” in conjunction with the exhibition I

curated Sensual Splendor
Koç University and the Research Center for Anatolian Studies, Istanbul, Turkey, “The Byzantine Consecration (Kathierōsis) Rites,” invited lecture
2014 National Gallery, symposium on Byzantine Aesthetics for the Exhibition Byzantine Art in Greek Collections, invited talk “The Byzantine Icon in the Expanded Field.”
Humanities West “Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics”
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Invited talk: "Hagia Sophia: Space, Sound, and Human Consciousness” and round table presentation: “Aural Architecture: Byzantine Chant and Digital Acoustics of Cappella Romana’s Concert at Stanford, February 1, 2013”
University of Virginia, invited talk “Hagia Sophia: Aural Architecture and Digital Technology.”
International Symposium, Aguilar de Campóo, Spain, “The Byzantine Consecration (Kathierōsis) Rites.”
Louisiana State University “Inspiration, Mirroring, and the Making of Art in Byzantium” invited lecture.

2013 National Gallery, symposium on Byzantine Aesthetics for the Exhibition Byzantine Art in Greek Collections, invited talk “In the Divine Mirror: Phenomenology and Aesthetics of Byzantine Art.”
Venice, Soprintendenza speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico, ed Ethnoanthropologico, Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Istituto Hellenico, and the German Institute in Venice, symposium on the staurotheka of Cardinal Bessarion, invited talk “The Religious Object in the Mirror of Byzantine Literature: Denomination and Symbolic Value of the Cryptographic Signs”
Clark Institute, colloquium on Art History & Materiality, invited talk “Byzantine Thing Theory.”
Huffington Institute, Loyola Marymount University, symposium on Icon and Image, invited talk “Eikon as Enactment: Towards a New Byzantine Art History.”
Performance Studies International Conference, Stanford University, invited talk “The Performative Icon: Vibrant Matter and Cosmic Sound.”

2012 Art Institute of Chicago, invited talk “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea.”
2011 International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 22-27 organizer of a Round Table, Byzantine Aesthetics and the Mediterranean: Poikilia, Marmarygma kai Empsychosis, will present a paper at this session “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea,” in addition, an invited talk for the Round Table on the Icon, paper “Icons of Sound: Poetry and Prayer.”
Ohio State University, Center for the Study of Religion, April 4, invited talk “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea.”
2010 Bogaziçi University, Turkey, invited talk, “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea.”
Koç University, Turkey, Symposium Istanbul and the Sea, December 4–5, invited talk “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea.”
University of Minnesota, Department of History, May 17-23, invited talk “Hagia Sophia and the Acoustics of the Sea,” in the workshop of the Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the ‘Middle Ages’ Istanbul/Constantinople project.
Kunsthistorisches Institut, University of Zurich, Switzerland, invited talk “Hagia Sophia and the Aesthetics of the Sea.”
University of Birmingham, Annual Byzantine Spring Symposium, Power and Subversion in Byzantium, March 27–29, Invited plenary talk: "Subverting the Byzantine World: Sinai, Crusader art, and the Rise of Optical Visuality"
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Symposium, Material Images/Objects, the Senses and Religious Experience in the West from late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, March 5–7, invited talk, “The Sound of Marble.”

2009 Dumbarton Oaks, colloquium Light, Surface, Spirit: Phenomenology Aesthetics in Byzantine Culture, November 12-13, Co-organizer, talk: "Descent of Grace: Animation, Performance, Presence"
University of Oslo, Conference, Iconoclasms, November 5-6, Invited Talk: "In-Spirited or Mute: Eikon, Sura, and Imago in Byzantium, Islam, and the Latin West"
Warburg Institute, Symposium Afterlife of the Muses, October 23-25, Invited talk: "Inspiration in Byzantium: Muses, Sophia, and the Theotokos"
Munich, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Institut für Byzantinistik, June 29

Invited talk: "Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia and the Descent of Grace"


Freie Universität, Interdisciplinary Research Center: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Early Modern Period, June 19, Invited talk: "Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia and the Descent of Grace"
Freie Universität, Berlin, Byzantinisches Seminar, June 17, Invited talk: "Icon as Body and Performance"
Universität Köln, Byzantinisches Seminar, June 15, Invited talk: "The Icon's Circular Poetics: The Charis of Choros"
Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, Italy, June 10, Invited talk: "Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia and the Descent of Grace"
Sarum Seminar, Stanford, May 19, Invited talk: "Hagia Sophia and the Descent of Grace"
Stanford University, symposium, The Descent of Grace: Art, Nature, and Religion, May 15, Paper: The Descent of Grace: Animation, Performance, and Presence in Byzantium
Stanford University, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts SICA Presents, April 7, Invited talk: "Hagia Sophia and the Charis of Choros"
University of Chicago, Aesthetics Workshop, February 20, Invited talk: "Eikon in Byzantine Iconoclasm: From Painting to Imprint."
Stanford University, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL), January 23, Invited talk: "The Other Mimesis: The Byzantine Icon as Simulation and the Limits of Pictorial Naturalism"
Stanford, Medieval Studies Seminar, January 15, Invited talk: "Animation and Performance of the Mixed-Media Relief Icon"
2008 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, November 14-15, paper, "Sinai and the End of Tactile Visuality"
Max-Planck Institut, Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Florence, July 23, Invited talk: "Reflection vs. Refraction: Phenomenology and Aesthetics in Byzantine Art."
Institut für Byzantinistik, Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Munich, July 2, Invited talk, "Spatial and Acoustic Presence of Byzantine Epigrams on Icons."
Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Munich, June 31, Invited talk: "Reflection vs. Refraction: Byzantine Art and the Western Tradition."
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, ICMA-sponsored session, Invited talk: "Incense Visions and the Miraculous Icon," May 8.
California State University, Sacramento, January 27, Invited talk: “Sensual Splendor: The Relief Icon in Byzantium.”
2007 Byzantine Studies Conference, October 11-17, Paper: “Miraculous Icons: Medium, Fantasy, and Presence."
Stanford University: Memory, Media Workshop, October 3, Invited talk: "Empsychosis and Metamorphosis of the Byzantine Icon."
University of California at Santa Barbara, May 5, Invited lecture for a symposium on synaesthesia: "Imprinted images; eulogiai, icons, magic, and incense."
Loyola Marymount University, January 28, Invited Lecture: “The Performative Icon.”
CAA Annual Meeting, Session sponsored by the International Center for Medieval Art, New York, Invited Paper: “The Byzantine Relief Icon.”
2006 Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Munich, July 18, Invited talk: "The Power of Images: The Mother of God and the Emperor in Constantinople."
Universität Wien, December 1-2, 2006, workshop on epigrams on works of art, Invited Paper: “Spatial and Acoustic Presence of Byzantine Epigrams on Works of Art.”
Max Planck Institut, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, September 5, Invited lecture: “Aesthetics and the Icon in Byzantium.”
Historiker Tag, Konstanz, September, 2006, Paper “Graphe and Typos in Byzantine Iconoclasm.”
International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London, August 21-26, Round Table, invited talk; “Touching the Orthodox Truths: On the Tactility of Vision in Byzantium.”
Stanford University, Aesthetics Workshop, May 18, Invited paper: “The Energy of the Relic versus the Artifice of the Container.”
Stanford University, Symposium on Orthodoxy in Russian Literature, March 3, Invited Paper; “The Performance of Relics.”
2005 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Invited Lecture: "Sensual Splendor: The Icon in Byzantium."
Stanford University, Colloquium, “Vision in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance”, Paper: "Sensual Splendor: The Icon in Byzantium.”
Smith College, Connecticut, Invited Lecture: “The Tactility of Vision in Byzantium.”
University of Washington, Washington, Invited Lecture: "Sensual Splendor: The Icon in Byzantium."
XXXIX Byzantine Studies Symposium, Belfast, Invited Paper: “Sensual Splendor: the Icon in Byzantium.”
University of Volos, Greece, Symposium on Art and Cult in Byzantium, Invited lecture: “The Icon after Iconoclasm: Ritual and Aesthetics.”
2004 Stanford University, Art Department and Classics, Paper: "Epigrams on Icons."
2003 Stanford University, Medieval Studies Program, Paper: "Visual Textuality: The Logos as Pregnant Body and Building.”
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Paper: "The Virgin Mary as Guarantor of Imperial Victory and Protection."
Branner Symposium, Columbia University, New York, Invited lecture, "Visual Textuality: The Logos as Building and Pregnant Body."
University of California , Berkeley, Department of Art History, Invited Lecture: “Icons and Memory: Processions and imperial ceremony in the Orthodox East.”
Stanford University, Art Department Invited Lecture: “Icons and Memory: Processions and imperial ceremony in the Orthodox East.”
2002 Columbia University, Department of Art History, New York, Invited lecture: "Images of the Virgin: Icons and Their Public in Byzantium."
University of Chicago, Byzantine Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, Invited lecture: "Icons and Memory: Processions and Imperial ceremony in the Orthodox East."
Byzantine Studies Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Paper: "Picturing the Process of Writing: The Virgin as the "Muse" of Literary Inspiration."
National Hellenic Foundation for Research, Athens, Greece, Invited lecture: "Political Meaning and Visual Rhetoric: The Image of Maria Regina in Constantinople and Rome."
National Hellenic Foundation for Research, Athens, Greece, Invited Lecture: "Icons and Memory: The Tradition of the Avar Siege."
Medieval Academy of America's Annual Meeting, New York, Paper: "From Byzantine Constantinople to Gothic Paris: The Changing Face of the Maria Regina in Rome."
2001 Twentieth International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Paris, France, Invited paper for a round-table session: "Constantinople Imaginaire: The Copies and Legends of the Hodegetria Icon."
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, Symposium on the Mother of God, Invited lecture: "The 'Activated Image:' Icon Processions in Middle Byzantine Constantinople."
2000 Wellesley College, Davies Museum, Symposium for the exhibition, Divine Mirrors, Paper: "Images Behind the Veil of Texts: The Byzantine Paradox of the Virgin as Invincible General."
International Congress of the History of Art, London, England, Paper: "From the Imperial Tomb to the City Walls: The Hodegetria Icon Processions in Middle Byzantine Constantinople."
College Art Association Conference, New York, Paper: "Imaging Siena's Power by Transforming Byzantine Art: Duccio's Temptation of Christ on the Mountain."
1999 Frick Symposium of History of Art, New York, Paper: "The Economy of Byzantine Art in a Fourteenth-Century Icon from Poganovo."
Byzantine Studies Conference, College Park, Maryland, Paper: "A New Image-Type of the Virgin in Eleventh and Twelfth-Century Constantinople."
1997 Archaeological Institute of America's Annual Meeting, Chicago, Paper: "A Reassessment of the Hippodrome at Constantinople."
Princeton University, Graduate Student Conference, Paper: "Figural Representation in Floor Mosaics: The Tension Between Pagan and Christian Beliefs."
Byzantine Studies Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, Paper: "The Architecture of the Kathisma at the Constantinopolitan Hippodrome."

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Member, Interdisciplinary Islamic Search Committee, 2015-2016

Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2014-2015

Director of Graduate Students, Dept. of Art History, Stanford University, 2013-2014, 2010-2011

Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, external reviewer, 2013-2014

Advisory Board for the Abbasi Program of Islamic Studies at Stanford, 2008-2009, 2012-2013

Advisory Board for the Center for East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford, 2013-2015

English Renaissance Literature Search Committee, English Dept., 2011-2012

Stanford Humanities Center, internal reviewer, 2003-2004, 2011-2012

Stanford Art History Lecture Series, 2010-2011

Member of the Dean's Committee for Islamic Studies, 2012-2013, 2009-2010

Director of the Medieval Studies Program, Stanford, 2008-2009

Renaissance Faculty Search Committee, Stanford Department of Art & Art History, 2006-2007

Acquisitions Committee, Cantor Arts Center, 2008- 2007

Executive Committee, Stanford Medieval Studies Program, 2006-2007

Co-Director of Graduate Students, Stanford Department of Art & Art History, 2006-2007

Curriculum Committee, Stanford University, 2003-2005, 2013-2014

Renaissance Search Committee, Stanford University, 2003-2004

Dissertation Colloquium, Columbia University, 2001-2002

Joint Faculty Library Committee, Harvard University, 1997-1998

Graduate Student Lecture Series, Harvard University, 1995-1996

Founder of the Art Club of Dartmouth College, 1993-1994



SYMPOSIA AND COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS
2016 The Material Imagination: Space, Sound, and Human Consciousness,

Geballe Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Byzantine Studies Conference, BSANA, Annual Meeting, NYC, session co-organizer with Elina Gertsmann (Chase Western Reserve University) The Material Imagination: Critical Inquiry into Performance and Display of Medieval Art
2015 The Material Imagination: Space, Sound, and Human Consciousness,

Geballe Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center.
College Art Association, Annual Meeting, NYC, session organizer, co-chaired with Elina Gertsmann (Chase Western Reserve University) The Material Imagination: Critical Inquiry into Performance and Display of Medieval Art
2014 Workshop, The Material Imagination: Space, Sound, and Human Consciousness, in collaboration with Alexander Nemerov (Prof. of American Art, Stanford University), sponsored by the Stanford’s Center for International and Area Studies, the Dept. of Art History and the Stanford Art Institute, year-round event, Sept., 2013-May 2014
Stanford Faculty College, The Global Middle Ages, a project co-directed with Profs. Kathryn Starkey (German Studies Dept.) and Elaine Treharne (English Dept.) to develop undergraduate survey course in medieval and establish an interdisciplinary minor in Medieval Studies at Stanford
Onassis Seminar Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium, monthly seminars with distinguished scholars in Byzantine musicology and art, and architecture.
2013 Workshop, Image as Animation: Mysticism, Magic, and Poetry in Medieval Greek and Arabic Religious Experience, in collaboration with Prof. Shahzad Bashir (Islamic, Dept. of Religious Studies), the Abbasi Program in Islamic Culture, and the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, May 10, 2013
2011 Round-Table Byzantine Aesthetics and the Mediterranean: Poikilia, Marmarygma kai Empsychosis at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies, August 22-27, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010 ongoing joint research project with Jonathan Abel (Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), entitled “Icons of Sound,” received The Dean’s Award in Innovation in the Humanities, 2010, see www.iconsofsound.stanford.edu
2009 Symposium "Light, Surface, Spirit: Phenomenology and Aesthetics in Byzantine Art," Dumbarton Oaks, November 12-13 in collaboration with Prof. I. Kalavrezou (Art History, Harvard University)
Symposium "The Descent of Grace: Nature, Art, Religion,” May 7-8, together with Prof. R. Harrison (Department of French and Italian)
Concert of the vocal group Cappella Romana, Stanford University, Memorial Church, Byzantium in Rome: Music from Grottaferrata (preceded by lecture "Medieval Byzantine Chant: An Icon in Sound?" by Prof. Alexander Lingas, Artistic Director, Cappella Romana, Senior Lecturer in Music, City University, London)
2005 Symposium "Vision in the Middle Ages,” Stanford University, together with Profs. R. Harrison (Stanford, Department of French and Italian) and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford, Department of Comparative Literature)

EXHIBITIONS

2014 Cantor Art Museum "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Stanford Collections,” sole curator
Researcher: Byzantine Women and Their World, Sackler Museum, Harvard University, 2000-2002
Research Assistant: The Glory of Byzantium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994
Curator: Student Art Work, Hollis Center, Dartmouth College, 1994

COURSES TAUGHT

2003-present, Stanford University

Introduction to Art History, large survey lecture course with TAs, Fall 2008, Winter 2015

Received a grant from Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA) for architectural installation, Fall 2008


Introduction to Medieval Art, lecture course, F 2003, W 2009,

Received a VPUE (Office of the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education) grant '03 for a field trip to NYC –Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters

Received a grant from the Dean of Undergraduates to visit the Metropolitan Museum and the Cloisters, NYC
Mediterranean Art and Architecture, lecture class, F 2012
Medieval Journeys, lecture class, S 2015
Byzantine Art And Architecture, lecture course, F 2004, W 2007, F 2010, S 2014

Received a VPUE grant ’04 for a field trip to the Walters Art Museum and Dumbarton Oaks, Baltimore/Washington, DC

VPUE grant '07 for a field trip to visit Getty Center, Icons of Sinai Exhibition

Departmental grant for a field trip to visit the Byzantine Art from Greek Collections exhibition at the Getty Villa


Virginity and Power: Mary in the Middle Ages, lecture course, S 2006
Age of Cathedrals, lecture course, F 2003, F 2006
Art of the Court in Constantinople, freshmen seminar, W 2005
Hagia Sophia, undergraduate seminar, W 2011, W 2013
Art of Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians and Muslims, undergraduate seminar, W 2014

Departmental grant for a 10-day study trip to Spain


Phenomenology and Aesthetics in Medieval Art, undergraduate seminar, W 2015
Art and Religious Experience in Byzantium and Islam, S 2013, undergrad. seminar
Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium, undergraduate and graduate seminar, F2013, W 2014

Onassis grant to fund seminars with invited speakers


Light and Power: Mosaics and Stained Glass Windows – undergraduate seminar, W 2005
Virginity and Power: Mary in the Middle Ages – undergraduate seminar, S 2004, W 2010
Theory and Method in Art History – undergraduate seminar, F 2009, F 2010
Aesthetics of the Icon – graduate seminar F 2004, W 2007
Iconoclasm, Iconophobia, Aniconism in Byzantium, Islam, and the Latin West – grad. seminar, S 2009, S 2015
Medieval Image Theory – graduate seminar, S 2004, F 2006
Animation, Performance, Presence: Byzantine Aesthetics and Phenomenology – graduate seminar, W 2010, W 2011
Art, Ekphrasis, and Music in Byzantium and Islam, F 2012, graduate seminar
2015 Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Aural Architecture, blockseminar, December 2015
2007 Max-Planck Institut, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, Italy

Medieval Treasuries: Phenomenology and Aesthetics of Luxury Arts, Guest lecturer, blockseminar, July 12-17, 2007

2001-2003, Columbia University

Art Humanities, post-doctoral fellow, taught discussion sections of an undergraduate survey
Virginity and Power: Mary in the Middle Ages, undergraduate seminar, S 2002

ADVISING
Doctoral Students
Ravinder Binning, fifth-year student in Byzantine Art, ABD, principal advisor

Received Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship to work at the Santiago Project, Spain


Lora Webb, second-year student in Byzantine art, principal advisor

Presented paper at the Byzantien Studies Conference, NYC, October 2015


Erik Yingling, first-year student in Byzantine art, principal advisor
Daniel Smith, first-year student in Byzantine art, principal advisor
Joshua Gertzke, sith-year, Religious Studies, member of exam committee
Kathryn Dickason, sixth-year, Religious Studies, member of exam committee
Michelle Apotsos, Ph.D. 2013, African Art, member of committee
Hilary Snow, Ph.D. 2010, third reader, dissertation title: Ema: Display Practice of Edo Period Votive Paintings
Lela Graybill, Ph.D. 2006, fourth reader, dissertation title: The Wound and the Weapon: The Visual Culture of Violence in the Age of Reform, 1757-1832

Undergraduates

Honor’s Thesis advisees

Silviana-Maria Ciurea-Ilcus, Class of 2016, principal advisor

UAR grant to conduct research for honor’s thesis, Summer 2015
Michelle Kwon

2015 Stanford at Washington Program

2015 Country of Santa Clara/Province of Florence, Italy Sister-Country Commission

2015 Arts Institute Honors Thesis


Elizabeth Grace Davis, Class of 2010, undergraduate thesis, 2010, entitled: "Norman Mosaics: Light and Animation," won a Gold Medal for outstanding thesis 2010, as well as a 2009 VPUE major research grant to conduct summer studies and the Elsner award of the Art Department.
Rachel Danford, Class of 2008, undergraduate honor's thesis, primary advisor, 2008, entitled: "Death and Digestion: Twelfth Century Hell Mouths and What it Means to Be Eaten in Medieval Art." Won a VPUE major research grant to conduct summer studies and a Gold Medal of Excellence.
LeeAnn Brown, Class of 2005, undergraduate honor's thesis, primary advisor, 2005, entitled: "Visual Translation and Cultural Quotations: The Cappella Palatina in the Context of Norman Sicily." Won a VPUE major research grant to conduct summer studies.
Art History Adivsees

Evelina Yarmit

2015 Cantor Scholar Grant to curate an exhibition at the Museum
Alex Zivkovic

2015 Cantor Scholar Grant to curate an exhibition at the Museum


Konstantine Buhler, Class of 2013, advisee
Anne Levitsky, Class of 2012,

2009 VPUE grant for summer research on trobaritz singers and architecture


Daniel Phillips, Class of 2007

2009 accepted in Ph.D. Program in Russian Art, University of Chicago


Ben Stolourow, Class of 2012,

2010 won a summer internship at the Cloisters in NYC


Elizabeth Ayer, Class of 2010,

2010 accepted in MA Modern Thought and Literatures, Stanford University


Harley Adams, Class of 2010,

2010 accepted in MA in History, Stanford University; a UAL (Undergraduate Academic Life) grant for summer research project on the World Expo in Shanghai


Sydney Gulbronson, Class of 2011, advisee,

2010 Internship at the Yosemite Archives


Alisha Mitchell, Class of 2011, advisee
Myra Messner, Class of 2011, advisee
Daniel Scott Smith, Class of 2011, advisee

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Cataloguer: Visual Collection, Harvard University, 1999-2000
Participant: Program in Roman Archaeology and Topography, American Academy in Rome, Summer 1997
Participant: Survey of the Middle Byzantine Settlement at Çanli Kilise, Aksaray, Turkey, Summer 1996
Participant: Renaissance Art and Architecture, Dartmouth College, Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy, Spring 1993
Participant: Italian Literature and Sienese Art, Dartmouth College, Language Study Program, Siena, Italy, Fall 1992

PEER-REVIEWER
The Art Bulletin

Gesta


Speculum

Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Res. Anthropology and Aesthetics

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
College Art Association

International Center for Medieval Art

Medieval Academy of America

Byzantine Studies Association of North America

Alexander von Humboldt Gesellschaft

SCGMA: The Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the ‘Middle Ages’ Istanbul/Constantinople Project



Zbornik Matize Srpske za likovne umetnosti, Serbian Journal of Art History, editorial board
LANGUAGES
Ancient Greek, Latin, and Old Church Slavonic (reading knowledge)

English, Bulgarian (fluent speaking and reading)

Italian, German (good speaking and reading)

French, Modern Greek, and Russian (moderate speaking and reading knowledge)



Arabic, completed Middlebury Summer Intensive Programs in First-and Third-Year Arabic, 2010, 2011, level five at Qasid, Classical Arabic, Jordan. Good speaking (MSA) and good reading knowledge of Classical Arabic


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