John P. Birkelund Fellow Corine Schleif is a professor of art history at Arizona State University. At the Academy, Schleif is working on her book on the reception of Adam Kraft, a late-Gothic sculptor in Nuremberg, as a way to highlight the subjectivity of historiography. Chapters focus on the image of the artist in the eyes of his patrons and his own self-portraits, in addition to documenting how that image was later transformed by humanists and reformers, Nazi propaganda, and advertisers.
Michèle Lowrie is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics and the College at the University of Chicago and Dirk Ippen Berlin Prize Fellow.
Watch her introduce her current reseach project "Security, a Roman Metaphor."
Spyros Papapetros is Associate Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He is the Berthold Leibinger Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Watch him introduce his current project World Ornament: Adornment on a Global Scale.
The American Academy in Berlin welcomed its thirty-fifth class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on the frosty evening of January 21, 2016. Attended by professionals from academia, journalism, the arts, business, and policy, and joined by a number of the Academy's trustees, supporters, and friends, the spring 2016 Fellows Presentation began with a conversation between esteemed press photographer Barbara Klemm and Academy president Gerhard Casper. Seated under a slide show of Klemm’s iconic work, they discussed her more than five decades of shooting for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Following their discussion, the spring class introduced themselves and delivered short descriptions of the projects they're working on over the coming months while in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center -- from the disciplines of art history, philosophy of science, comparative literature, architectural theory, American history, fiction, the visual arts, music, and journalism, with projects ranging from the narratives of American female slaves to contemporary Arabic poetry, from conceptual art interventions to the history of architectural ornament.
The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. For its time, it was astonishingly sophisticated and, even today, there is nothing like it. Yet it is all but ignored as a serious work in its country of origin—sometimes taken as a matter of national shame rather than pride—and in the rest of the world it is a source of amused amazement, inspiring magazine articles that offer "mattress-quaking sex styles" such as "the backstairs boogie" and "the spider web." University of Chicago Divinity School professor Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s foremost authorities on ancient Indian texts, seeks to restore the Kamasutra to its proper place in the Sanskrit canon. She emphasizes its landmark status in the oevre of India’s secular literature, as a text that emphasizes grooming and etiquette, the study and practice of the arts, and discretion and patience in conducting affairs. Doniger describes how its social and psychological narratives also display surprisingly modern ideas about gender and role-playing, female sexuality, and homosexual desire.
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