Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Research Forum MA Special Options
In 2015-16 funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has enabled two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Research Forum MA Special Option courses at the Courtauld, which are co-taught by Courtauld teachers and specially appointed Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Professors. The programme is designed to foster integrated interdisciplinary exchange through the collaboration of scholars teaching a course closely based on their joint research interests, allowing for an exchange of different methods and approaches. The first of these courses in 2015-16 is: From Dante to Michelangelo: Rhetoric, Representation and Identity in Italian Art and Literature, c. 1300-1550) which has been designed by Dr Scott Nethersole in collaboration with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ Research Forum Visiting Scholar, Dr Frederica Pich (Lecturer in Italian, University of Leeds), a specialist in Italian literature, and in the dynamic relationship between words and images in lyric and chivalric poetry. The second is Art, Object, Sense: Crossings in the Anthropology and Art History – the case of Eighteenth-century France, which is designed and co-taught by Professor Katie Scott and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ Research Forum Visiting Scholar Dr Samuel Williams, an anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, who has carried out research on art and history in the Ottoman Empire, and recently completed his PhD dissertation on ‘The Twenty-First Century Bazaar – Economic Transformation in Three Historical Istanbul Marketplaces’.
We will also be joined by Dr Anna Kim who has been appointed 2015-16 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship (Mellon MA) to support Dr Scott Nethersole and Dr Federica Pich, with their Mellon MA, From Dante to Michelangelo: Rhetoric, Representation and Identity in Italian Art and Literature, c. 1300-1550). Dr Kim was awarded her PhD on ‘Real Presence, Iconic Images, and Iconoclasm from Byzantium to the Reformation’ in 2014 by the University of Virginia and will continue to pursue her research on Reforming the Image: Idols and Iconoclasm in Early Modern Rome, whilst Postdoctoral Fellow at The Courtauld.