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Myers Foundations Lecture: Melissa Kerin (Washington and Lee University), "Coming and Going: Marble Sculpture in the Creation and Memoralization of Lives in the Western Himalaya and the US"

When: Thursday, April 21, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Central

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Mel Keiser   (847) 491-3230

Group: Department of Art History

Co-Sponsor: Religious Studies Department

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


In her presentation, "More than Losing Lost Cause Memorials: Identifying Ethical Practices of Remembering" Professor Melissa Kerin will examine how her specific field of South Asian Buddhist art, especially in relation to marble sculptures in shrines, has equipped her to analyze and compare the "secular" ritualized honoring and memorializing of a Confederate general embedded on the campus of a Virginia private university. Her short presentation will be followed by a conversation and discussion with two other art historians of South Asian religious and memorial sites: Rob Linrothe, Associate Professor of Art History, NU, and Catherine Becker, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Illinois Chicago. The talk and discussion will delve into questions of global art history practices, cross-cultural application of methodological approaches, as well as ethical concerns about what and how we remember. Prof. Kerin has authored two books and is currently editing a special issue of the International Journal of Culture Property on the topic of "Re/Collection and Destruction: Defining New Ethical Solutions."




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