RAVE: May Peterson
May Peterson (Art History PhD Student) will present a paper entitled “A Matter of Life and Death: Early Medieval Experiments in Incarnation, Inhumation, and Representation.” Alice Casalini (Art History PhD Candidate) will offer a response.
May Peterson works on the art and architecture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ca 5th-8th centuries), especially in the Merovingian kingdoms. She is interested in the borders of Christianity and its sacred spaces, the disciplinary boundary between art history and archaeology, and in the historiographies of conversion and ethnogenesis as they play into European national identities.
Alice Casalini received her BA and MA in Language and Civilisation of Asia and Mediterranean Africa from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She also studied at the department of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University, where she specialized in Buddhist archaeology of Xinjiang and took part in the excavations of Yecheng, in Hebei. Her MA thesis focused on the Buddhist caves of the Tarim Basin, with a focus on the kingdom of Kucha. Her dissertation explores notions of religious spatiality in the Buddhist architecture of Gandhāra.
We will be meeting in person in CWAC 152. If you would like to join remotely, please use this Zoom link. The passcode is "cameo".
Image information: Fibula, gold and garnet cloisonné enamel (7th century) with agate cameo (4th century). Charnay-lès-Chalon (Saône-et-Loire), France. Musée d'archéologie national, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris, inv. 34702
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