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Medieval art historians seemed to be rarer than hen's teeth around here...but there's a post by one on the results board and I occasionally bump into others elsewhere. Come on out and show your medieval art love!

Where did you apply and with whom do you want to work? What's your background?

I am waiting to hear from:

Robert Maxwell at Penn

Nino Zchomelidse at Princeton

Larry Nees at UDel

Marvin Trachtenburg at NYU IFA

Holger Klein at Columbia

Alicia Walker at WUSTL

I have a History and Medieval Studies BA and I am earning an MA in Medieval Studies.

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Oh yes, there's a couple of us lurking about. I applied to Columbia to work with Stephen Murray/Holger Klein (since word on the street is that Murray's thinking about retirement), Yale with Jacqueline Jung and Boston University with Deborah Kahn; I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm only really considering BU an option at this point.

I did my undergrad concentration in medieval studies and art history, and my MA is in medieval studies (finished a couple years ago). My focus is primarily sculpture in "the long 12th century" and thereabouts.

Good luck!

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Greetings! I'm another medievalist lurking about the forum, too! I'm focusing on Gothic architecture, especially in the Crusader States.

I applied to the following programs:

Rice- Linda Neagley/Shirine Hamadeh

UMich- Achim Timmermann/Christiane Gruber

MIT- Nasser Rabbat

UNC-Chapel Hill- Glaire Anderson

UPenn- Ousterhout/Maxwell/Holod

UT-Austin- Holladay/Mulder

I have a BA in Art History and History and am currently completing my MA in Art History.

I was admitted to Rice University and have yet to hear from the 5 other programs.

Best of luck!

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Yes! I went two years ago and it was wonderful. I presenting on Islamic prayer rugs.

Ooh, interesting. Kzoo is pretty much my vacation every year - it's a blast ^__^ I organized a session for this year (in art history, of course).

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We do seem to be shrinking in numbers each year don't we? It both saddens me, due to the increasing lack of interest in medieval, and relieves me because that means we're more likely to get jobs. Currently I'm finishing my first year of my Masters at the University of Georgia. I also study Gothic architecture with Stefaan Van Liefferinge. I'm particularly interested in the interaction between engineering/geometry knowledge and design. I did my BA at Penn State in art history and architectural history. What are you guys working on?

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Yeah medievalists!!

Trying to decide between Columbia and Brown to study with Murray/Klein or Sheila Bonde...also went to the finalist weekend at UMich but I don't know what's going on with them because they said I'd hear one way or another a WEEK ago and no word. Emailed dear old Achim yesterday and have yet to get an explanation for the weird radio silence.

I'm interested in pilgrimage routes and the architecture and objects associated and how a medieval viewer might have perceived/processed those spaces/things, East/West trade and translation, especially of sacred objects, and microarchitecture as it applies to sacred objects (particularly relics) and regional ownership. Hoping to also be able to compare pilgrimage from other religions where it plays a big role. Also very in to new applications of digital technologies in teaching art history, particularly under-appreciated fields such as ours! And museum education as a means to making our work more relevant to a broader audience.

Anyone else just a little worried about the weird ancient languages we're going to have to master? Right now I only have French, but I anticipate having to tackle German, Latin, Medieval Latin (not to mention paleography), Greek, and (if I had all the time in the world) Arabic...phew!

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Yeah medievalists!!

Trying to decide between Columbia and Brown to study with Murray/Klein or Sheila Bonde...also went to the finalist weekend at UMich but I don't know what's going on with them because they said I'd hear one way or another a WEEK ago and no word. Emailed dear old Achim yesterday and have yet to get an explanation for the weird radio silence.

I'm interested in pilgrimage routes and the architecture and objects associated and how a medieval viewer might have perceived/processed those spaces/things, East/West trade and translation, especially of sacred objects, and microarchitecture as it applies to sacred objects (particularly relics) and regional ownership. Hoping to also be able to compare pilgrimage from other religions where it plays a big role. Also very in to new applications of digital technologies in teaching art history, particularly under-appreciated fields such as ours! And museum education as a means to making our work more relevant to a broader audience.

Anyone else just a little worried about the weird ancient languages we're going to have to master? Right now I only have French, but I anticipate having to tackle German, Latin, Medieval Latin (not to mention paleography), Greek, and (if I had all the time in the world) Arabic...phew!

Wow, buttress, your research sounds fascinating. It also reminds me a lot of my own interests. I am interested in East/West West/East relations in monumental architecture, especially between the Crusader States and Qala'unid Cairo. I am also interested in the application of technology to studying and conserving architecture. While I agree our field is under-appreciated, the thought of learning so many languages seems daunting. I have French, German, and Latin but am thinking about Greek. I don't know if Arabic is a realistic goal for me given its extreme level of difficulty. One Prof told me to take two years off to study Arabic if it was what I really wanted.

I also had no contact from Achim. Complete silence despite my driving to Ann Arbor for a 1 1/2 hour chat with him. :( But I'm really excited about the prospect of studying under Linda Neagley, one of Murray's students at Indiana from the 80s. She was delightful and I enjoyed Rice immensely.

Are you going to K'zoo? I'd love to have coffee!

Good luck!

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