Medieval Abstraction in Cleveland and Princeton

This academic year concludes with a pair of successful events, held in Cleveland and at Princeton. On May 13, Professors Elina Gertsman and Vincent Debiais led a graduate student workshop on issues of studying medieval abstract art. Participants included Aimee Caya, Angelica Verduci, Nikki DeLuca, Reed O’Mara, Alex Kaczenski, Mia Hafer, Russell Green, Julia LaPlaca, Sam Truman, Cheyenne Noel (Poitiers) and Maria Aimé Villano (Venice). On May 18, an international symposium at the Index of Medieval Art, at Princeton University, also organized by Elina and Vincent, drew a large crowd of scholars and included Jean-Claude Bonne (EHESS), Herbert Kessler (Johns Hopkins), Cécile Voyer (Poitiers), Licia Buttà (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Robert Mills (University College London), Thomas Golsenne (Lille), and Charles Barber (Princeton) among its speakers. Many of our graduate students were able to travel to Princeton to attend the symposium, thanks to the generous support of the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation.