Dillenberg Lecture Series Presents: Pseudo-Arabic as a Marker of Christian Identity in Middle Byzantine Art and Architecture
Lecture | March 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Doug Adams Gallery
Alicia Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
"Things" can help us understand social identities, relationships, and practices in the medieval world, especially in situations where textual documentation is minimal or completely absent. This paper explores how pseudo-Arabic motifs on medieval Christian buildings and objects materialized social identities and spiritual authority among monastic communities across the eastern Mediterranean, thereby attesting to an interconnectedness that is only thinly documented in the written record.
Alicia Walker (PhD, Harvard University) teaches on topics of medieval art and architectural history as well as modern medievalism. Her current research focuses on cross-cultural artistic interaction between the Byzantine and medieval Islamic worlds and gender issues in Byzantine art and material culture.