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Material Culture
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2017

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Alexander, Kaylee, “Necro/polis: In Between Paris, 1786-1870” (Duke University, N. McWilliam)

Arroyo, Nenette, ”Loca Sancta in the New World: The Creation of Sacred Space in the Spanish California Missions” (University of Virginia, R. Wilson)

Beardsley, Amanda, “Celestial Mechanics: Technologies of Salvation in American Mormonism” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough and P. Smart)

Berger, Sara, “L’Horloge qui chante: Technics, Aesthetics, and Telling Time in Nineteenth-Century France” (MIT, A. Dutta)

de Laforcade, Sonia, “Áudio-Visual: the Slide as Medium in Brazilian Art of the 1970s” (Princeton, I. Small)

Dootson, Kirsty, “Industrial Color: Chromatic Technologies in Britain (1856-1971)” (Yale University, T. Barringer, K. Trumpener)

Eberhard, Susan, “American Silver, Chinese Silverwares, and the Global Circulation of Value” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

Elston, Miranda L. “Spatial Interaction: Architectural Representations in Early Tudor England” (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, T. String)

Gent, Madeline, “Re-covering Shidai Manhua: The Relationship between Manhua, its Audience, and Publishing Culture in 1930s Shanghai” (University of Maryland, J. Kuo)

Guo, Honshan, “Energy delivered un-conditioned for thermal comfort” (Princeton University, F. Meggers)

Kang, Changduk Charles, “Before the Reality Effect: Wax Representations in Eighteenth-Century France” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Kido, Kristen, “Materiality, Cultural Heritage, and the Law: An Itinerary of the “Cult Goddess of Morgantina” (UC Berkeley, M. Lovell)

King, Katherine, “Deliberate Defacement: Provocation and Response in Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts” (Princeton, C. Barber)

Kopta, Joseph R., “Chromatic Networks: Materiality of Middle Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries (ca. 850–1204 CE)” (Temple University, E. Bolman)

Larnerd, Joseph, “The Makings of Cut Glass in America, 1876 to 1916” (Stanford University, A. Nemerov)

Luterbacher, Sam, “Adrift: Portable Objects Between Iberia and Japan” (Yale University, E. Cooke, Jr.)

McFadden, Elizabeth, “Merchant in Furs: Art, Commerce, and Animal Skins in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century London and Amsterdam” (University of California, Berkeley, E. Honig)

Muckart, Heather, “Reformation of the Portrait: Likeness and Artlessness in Early Modern English Martyr Portraits” (The University of British Columbia, B. Wilson)

Muslin, Jennifer L. “Time in a Bottle: Amphora Processing and the Dynamics of Wine Handling at Oplontis B (Torre Annunziata, Italy)” (University of Texas at Austin, J. Clarke and P. Davies)

Pozzi, Clelia, “Recast as New: Italian Restauro and Its Scientific Cultures, 1893-1956” (Princeton University, L. Allais)

Rancour, Brittany, “Seals and the Visual Language of Identity in the British Isles, c. 1100-1400” (University of Missouri, A. R. Stanton)

Reso, Denise, “German Artistic Influence on English Middle Class Visual and Material Culture of the Tudor Period” (University of Florida, L. Ross)

Rokhgar, Negar, “The Overtures of a Muslim Ally: Diplomatic Gifts from Persia to Italy between 1450 and 1700” (Rutgers University, S. McHam)

Rye-Kopec, Ashley, “No One a Stranger: Anglo-American Representations of Venetian Labor, c. 1866-1900” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Schwarz, Martin, “The Scholastic City: Image, Space, and Architecture in Medieval Paris” (University of Chicago, A. Kumler)

Situ, Xiao, “Emily Dickinson's Window Culture, 1830-1886” (Yale University, E. Cooke, Jr, A. Nemerov)

Spratt, Emily, “Byzantium not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period” (Princeton, P. Brown)

Steiner, Shannon, “Byzantine Enamel and the Aesthetics of Technological Power, Ninth to Twelfth Centuries” (Bryn Mawr College, A. Walker)

Streiter, Nava, “Bodies and Books: Gesture and Posture in Middle Byzantine Manuscripts” (Bryn Mawr College, A. Walker)

Szalay, Gabriella, “Materializing the Past: The History of Art and Natural History in Germany, 1750-1800,” (Columbia University, K. Moxey)

Tennison, Heather, “Tradition, Innovation, and Agency in a City of God: The Philadelphia Cité de Dieu and Early Fifteenth-Century Parisian Manuscript Culture” (University of Kansas, A. Hedeman)

Winnik, Arielle, “The Art of Coptic Burial in Fatimid Egypt” (Bryn Mawr College, A. Walker)
Wise, Rachel, “Art in Revolt: Scripture, Allegory, and the 80 Years' War” (University of Pennsylvania, L. Silver)