SAS Departments and Programs

The Center co-sponsors talks with a variety of Departments and Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • During the academic year 2017-18, the Program in Global Medieval Studies will generously support the CIS talk of professor GUR ZAK of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which will take place on Monday, March 26 at 5:30 in Williams Hall 543 (Cherpack Seminar Room).
  • Also, the Center will co-sponsor, with Art History, a conference that will celebrate Prof. Poggi, who was part of the Italian Studies Faculty and of the Center. See Call for Papers below.

CFP: “Seeing More in the Work of Art: A Celebration of Christine Poggi”
Friday, March 23, 2018
University of Pennsylvania

As many of you know, Christine Poggi left Penn last spring to become the new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. In recognition of her thirty years of service to the University of Pennsylvania, we are organizing a symposium in March 2018 and inviting papers from her students, past and present. Our title, “Seeing More in the Work of Art,” borrows from the preface of Poggi’s first book, where she describes an approach that combines close visual analysis of individual objects with historically-informed methods and the insights of literary and critical theory. This mode of inquiry “encourages us to question traditional interpretations,” she writes, but, more importantly, it enables us to see differently—“to see more of the formal innovations of art that by now seem familiar.” As is evident in her publications and to anyone who has studied with her, Poggi has a remarkable ability to “see more” in the most challenging works of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, attending to the smallest formal gestures to extract new understanding of works whose meanings are supposedly resolved or closed to us. Her enthusiasm for seeing more in the work—in both the material object and in the artistic labor leading to its creation—is infectious and an indelible part of her legacy at Penn.

We invite proposals for papers that use any variety of methods to “see more” in the work of modern and contemporary art, with particular emphasis on the fields’ most unyielding, fragmentary, or frequently studied objects. Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes to allow for audience questions. To propose a paper, please send a 200-word abstract, title, and one or two key images to Alex Kauffman ( no later than Friday, October 20, 2017. Applicants will be notified in early November.