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Research programming is a major component of intellectual life at Bard Graduate Center. Weekly seminars and lectures are curated by faculty and bring into our midst scholarly conversations on relevant subject matter or methodological debate, broadening our curricular vision and helping to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Please click through for full descriptions and to register.

 
  Lectures and Seminars
 
Tuesday, October 2, 6–7:30 pm

Art, Space, and Mobility in Maritime East Asia during the Long Twelfth Century

Hsueh-man Shen
Associate Professor: Ehrenkranz Chair in World Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

How did maritime connectivity reconfigure the cultural boundaries of medieval East Asia? This talk examines how ports and entrepôts, as areas of concentration of specific commodities and populations, formed bands whose material culture was significantly different from that of surrounding areas. Read more.


Wednesday, October 3, 6–7:30 pm

Recreating the Seventeenth-Century Garden in Holland: Blending Nature and Design

Vanessa Sellers
Humanities Research Coordinator, The New York Botanical Garden

Current plans to reconstruct the once famous garden of Castle Batestein at Vianen (Utrecht, the Netherlands), has opened up new questions on the principles underlying seventeenth-century garden design, as well as current methods for recreating historic gardens and landscapes. Who exactly was the owner and designer of the garden, what was its original purpose, and what did it look like? Proud seat of the Lords of Brederode—renowned warriors related to the House of Orange-Nassau by intermarriage—Castle Batestein historically functioned as a pivotal center for princely gatherings and celebrations. Read more.
BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6–7:30 pm

Art and Devotional Practices in the Byzantine Village: The Long View

Sharon E. J. Gerstel
Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, UCLA

In recent years, the art of the Byzantine village—particularly that of the Late Byzantine village—has come under increasing scrutiny. In addition to manifesting local religious practices and liturgical rites, the art of the village is also intimately tied to the agricultural calendar and to life-cycle rituals. Read more.
BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.

 
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Fall 2018 Open Houses
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One of the best ways to learn more about Bard Graduate Center is to visit! Our open houses for prospective students give you the chance to hear from faculty, current students, and alumni. Learn more and register.
On View in the Gallery
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Faith is common to all human societies. By focusing on the material artifacts produced with the intention of being offered as acts of faith, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place will provide a perspective on why humans across the globe create these material objects. Learn more and visit.
 
Fellowship Opportunities
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The fellowship programs at Bard Graduate Center are designed to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” Learn more and apply.
2018–19 Research Theme
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In keeping with the practice of having an annual research theme, in 2018–19 our “research institute” functions—fellowships, exhibitions, seminars, and symposia—will explore the question “When is After?” Learn more.