CAA Conference 2011: The Art History Event of the Year?

This will be my second official conference. Last year it was the Medieval Academy of America, not devoted to art, but plenty of interesting things going on there. Spring was upon us as we explored the compact Yale campus (we were disappointed to find that the ancient Dura Europos paintings usually installed in the museum were undergoing conservation, but the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library made up for it). The warm sun was a relief after hours of academic lecturing, some inspiring, some sleep inducing, yes, I did fall asleep during one lecture. That won't be happening this time!

This conference is on a much larger scale, taking place in Manhattan, with four days of packed itineraries and hundreds of major scholars of every kind. There are some exciting sessions to look forward to, but what I am most excited about is reuniting with art history people from every phase of my career so far.
I love imagining all of us set free in an art history Disneyland. It is going to be so much fun.

The first session I plan to attend is
Thursday The Other Middle Ages: The Medieval Mediterranean as Theater of the Arts
Dedicated to the memory of Oleg Grabar.
Chairs: William Tronzo, University of California, San Diego; Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University

Buildings beyond the Sea: Illustrations of Islamic Sanctuaries in the Libro d’oltramare (1346-50)
Kathryn Blair Moore, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Opus Sectile in Norman Southern Italy
Ruggero Longo, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo

Over the Pyrenees: France and the Medieval Mediterranean
Elisa A. Foster, Brown University

Conformity through Syncretism: San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the Creation of a Norman Architecture in Palermo
Lara Tohme, Wellesley College

Art of Itinerancy: Seeing the Spaces of Martin the Humane and Benedict XIII
Amity Nichols Law, Harvard University and Tufts University

That last speaker happens to be the third reader for my qualifying paper!

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