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Call for Papers- Deadline Extended to Feb 5

By Susan E RiceJanuary 19th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 10.09.45 AMSEQUITUR, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for the Spring 2016 issue, titled LOL. This issue’s theme is humor, play and amusement and we are seeking submissions that explore the ways in which art, architecture and the built environment reflect and provoke these notions. In many ways creativity lies at the core of the fun and funny and we invite scholarship that highlights this intersection. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: internet culture, toys, games, video games, memes, wordplay, satire, parody, modes of mass communication, design, the performative, structures and environments used for play and/or entertainment.

We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal. 

Please visit for more information and for full submission guidelines. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


The SEQUITUR Editorial Team
Steve, Ewa, Erin, Jordan & Sasha

New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians – February 13

By Susan E RiceJanuary 19th, 2016

NESAH SYMPOSIUM POSTER_smallThe Department of History of Art & Architecture will host the 38th Annual Student Symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians on February 13. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 901 of the Boston University Photonics Center at 8 St. Mary’s Street from 9 am to 1:30 pm. For more information, please contact Ian Stevenson, a doctoral candidate in the American & New England Studies Program, at .

Announcing Sequitur 2,1

We are thrilled to announce the official publication of Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Boston University History of Art & Architecture graduate student online journal, Sequitur, available at

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This installment of Sequitur is our first themed issue and its content engages with the concept of interface. Our contributors analyze a wide range of topics from the 1876 centennial exhibition, to contemporary visitor-engagement practices in museums. In their explorations of interface they examine a variety of ways in which art, architecture and material culture can engage with translation, exchange, communication and dialogue. This issue includes a featured essay, three exhibition reviews, two research spotlights and introduces the visual essay; a new form of content for Sequitur that provides a platform to showcase artistic practices and projects.


The SEQUITUR Editorial Team

Alumnus named Director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College


In January 2016, John Stomberg (Ph.D 1999) will become the first Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.  His directorial career began at the Boston University Art Gallery and continued at Williams College and Mount Holyoke College, where he has been Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Art Museum since 2011.  According to Dartmouth’s provost, Carolyn Dever, “John is a strategic thinker with deep experience who has a tremendous ability to build relationships that inspire innovative, student-centered programming.”

2009 alumna receives coveted Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016in General News, Side Bar


On Nov 30th, The College Art Association announced that History of Art & Architecture alumna, Mari Dumett, PhD, has received one of five Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Awards.

“The Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award supports publication of scholarly monographs, which continue to be the most highly valued demonstration of scholarly competence.”

Dumett, currently teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, received the highly competitive award for her project titled Corporate Imaginations: Fluxus Strategies for Living (University of California Press).

Johannesburg: Works in Progress

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016

Click here for a wonderful article on Lynne Cooney’s PhD research in South Africa. Cooney is a PhD student in the History of Art & Architecture and artistic director of the Boston University Art Galleries.


New Faculty Essay Published

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016

morganHEROICBU History of Art & Architecture Professor Keith N. Morgan has just published an essay, “City of Ideas:  Structure and Scale in the Boston General Plan” in Heroic:  Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press: 2015).

An image of The Boston University Law School Tower by Architect Jose Lluis Sert appears on the cover.

Forum Event – Tues, Nov 7th

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016

Boston University Jewish Studies Research Forum presents:

Identity and In-Betweenness at the Site of Tel Dor, Israel – Tues, Nov 7th

Dor—one-time Canaanite city-state, stronghold of the “Sea Peoples,” Israelite administrative center, Assyrian port, and Sidonian-Phoenician town—was abandoned when the Jews were exiled.  Professor S. Rebecca Martin, Department of History of Art & Architecture, will examine who returned to the site in Achaemenid Persian times and consider how Dor  complicates our interpretation of archaeological and textual records in search of Dorian identity.


Photo Credit: Michael Aizenberg

Tuesday, November 17, 12:30 – 2 PM
Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
147 Bay State Road, 2nd floor library
Please join us for lunch, starting at noon.

Call for Papers – Due Nov 21

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016in General News

The 32nd Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture
Submissions Due:
November 21, 2015
Symposium Dates: February 26 – 27, 2016
Serious Fun: Expressions of Play in the History of Art and Architecture

In all of its forms, play is a vital expressive force. Whether theatrical or athletic, rollicking or subversive, play has enacted a pivotal role in shaping cultural life. The 32nd Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that consider aspects of play as form, content, process, and methodological framework.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: representations of play; entertainment, games, and toys; spaces of play, leisure, and recreation; play as practice; political control of play; play as dissent or activism; word play; the naughty and the bawdy; revelry and whimsy; play and performance; and play as creative force.

We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline.

Please send an abstract (300 words or less), paper title, and a CV to the Symposium Coordinator, Catherine O’Reilly, at The deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 21, 2015. Selected speakers will be notified before January 1, 2016. Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a question and answer session.

The Symposium will be held Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27, 2016, with a keynote lecture (TBD) on Friday evening at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.

For additional information, please visit:

Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History of Art & Architecture

Hiroshima & the Post-war Japanese Experience- film screening & panel discussion

By Susan E RiceJanuary 6th, 2016

In partnership with the A Call for Peace: Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki art exhibit at BU’s Stone Gallery, BUCSA and HAA is hosting a panel discussion focused on Hiroshima and its lasting effects in Japan following World War II.

We will be screening the 1986 film Hellfire: A Journey Through Hiroshima, which will be promptly followed by a panel discussion. Professor of International Relations Thomas Berger (BU), Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture Alice Tseng (BU), and Associate Professor of History Franziska Seraphim (Boston College) will be participating in what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion.

Please join us as we explore the lasting effects the bombing of Hiroshima had on the social, economic, and political culture of Japan not only in 1945, but in modern day as well.


TIME: Tuesday, October 6, 4pm – 7 pm, screening at 4, immediately followed by the panel discussion.
LOCATION: 871 Commonwealth Ave. (CGS), Room 511
CONTACT: Wen-hao Tien,

This event is Co-Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, The Pardee School Center for the Study of Asia,  and the History of Art & Architecture Department.