We are thrilled to share the news that Dr. Prita Meier has joined our department this Fall 2018 (after a fellowship year at CASVA, Washington, DC) as one of the College’s three Mellon Urban Humanities appointments. Dr. Meier comes to us from the School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was an assistant professor of African Art.
Dr. Meier’s research focuses on the arts and architectures of East African port cities and histories of transcontinental exchange and conflict. She is the recent author of Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere (2016) and has published widely in the journals Art History, African Arts, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artforum, and Arab Studies Journal. She has also contributed to several exhibition catalogues and edited books. She is now working on a new book about the social and aesthetic history of photography in Zanzibar and Mombasa and is co-organizing an exhibition and edited volume titled World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean, a project supported by a 2016-17 NEH Humanities Project Grant. She has held fellowships at the Clark Art Institute (2014-15), Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities (2009-10), and Johns Hopkins University (2007-8).
Dr. Meier’s arrival will allow us to offer new courses on African art and “oceanic modernisms” that will further globalize our curriculum, broadening and enriching our geographic and chronological scope in all sorts of exciting ways. No less promising are the potential connections that our new colleague will no doubt forge with the College’s program in African and Africana Studies.
John Hopkins has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Institute of Fine Arts. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
His work focuses on ancient Rome and the Mediterranean, particularly how artistic, architectural and archaeological remains can reveal the visual, spatial and physical experience of ancient peoples, as well as diachronic cultural and societal shifts. His publications include The Genesis of Roman Architecture (Yale UP, Spiro Kostof Book Award, Gustave O. Arlt Book Award), a study of Roman art and architecture up to the mid fifth century BCE, and he has published on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Rome’s first and most enduring colossal temple, and on the creation and experience of the Roman Forum, among other subjects. His current research focuses on artistic and architectural connections between Rome, the Italic Peninsula and the wider Mediterranean in the sixth to second centuries BCE. He is co-director of the excavations at the Horrea Agrippiana in the Roman Forum and of two other collaborative projects, the Collections Analysis Collaborative (cac.rice.edu) and a think tank on notions and practices of forgery in relation to the ancient Mediterranean.
Before joining the faculty at NYU, Hopkins was assistant professor of Art History and Classical Studies at Rice University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has been a fellow at the Getty Research Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies and an invited scholar at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.
The Medieval Academy of America has announced the election of Kathryn A. Smith to the Council of the Medieval Academy of America. The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies, representing more than 3500 medievalists in North America and worldwide. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships. The Council is the governing body of the Medieval Academy, functioning as its Board of Directors.