Barbara Abou-El-Haj (1943-2015)
Associate Professor Emeritus
The department of art history mourns the loss of Professor Barbara Abou-el-Haj, who passed away on March 6, 2015. Friends, colleagues, and students are invited to add their memories and tributes to her online memorial:
The Medieval Cult of Saints: Formations and Transformations. Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Paper edition, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
"Producing the Route of St. James: The Camino de Santiago in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” Mediaevalia 36/37 (2015/2016): 51-77.
“Dissent: Satan, Job and Gregory IX,” under consideration for a collection on Reims north transept (Ashgate, AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Science, Technology and Art).
“The Structure of Meaning. Architectural Representation in the Later Middle Ages,” Studies in Iconography 25 (2004), pp. 129-171.
"Santiago de Compostela in the Time of Diego Gelmírez," Gesta, XXXVI 1/2 (1997), 165-79.
"Program and Power in the Glass of Reims, Radical Art History." An International Anthology, ed. Wolfgang Kersten, Zurich, 1997, pp. 22-33, 226-233.
"Saint Cuthbert. The Post-Conquest Appropriation of an Anglo-Saxon Cult," Holy Men and Holy Women: Old English Prose Saints' Lives and Their Contexts, ed. Paul E. Szarmach, Albany, 1996, pp. 177-206.
"Artistic Integration Inside the Cathedrals, Social Consensus Outside?," Artistic Integration in Early Gothic Churches. ed. K. Brush, P. Draper, V. Raguin, University of Toronto Press, 1995, pp. 214-35.
"Building and Decorating at Reims and Amiens," Europäische Skulptur im 12./13. Jahrhundert, ed. H. Beck and K. Hengevoss-Dürkop, 2 vols., Frankfurt am Main, 1994, vol. 1, pp. 763-76, and vol. 2, pp. 508-519.
"The Audiences for the Medieval Cult of Saints," Gesta, XXX (1991), pp. 3-15.
"Languages and Models for Cultural Exchange," Culture, Globalization, and the World-System (Current Debates in Art History 3), ed. Anthony King, Art and Art History, SUNY Binghamton and London, 1991, pp. 139-44.
"Ritual, Image and Subordination in Thirteenth-century Reims," World Art: Themes of Unity in Diversity, ed., Irving Lavin (Acts of the XXVI International Congress of the History of Art), University Park, Penn, 1989, vol. III, pp. 653-64.
"The Urban Setting for Late Medieval Church Building: Reims and its Cathedral between 1210 and 1240," Art History 11 (1988), pp. 17-41. (Review - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
"Feudal Conflicts and the Image of Power in the Life of Saint Amand," Kritische Berichte 13 (1985), pp. 5-30.
"Bury St Edmunds Abbey between 1070 and 1124: a History of Property, Privilege and Monastic Art Production," Art History 6 (1983), pp. 1-29. (Review - C.M. Kauffmann, "English Romanesque Book Illumination: Changes in the Field 1974-1984)
"Consecration and Investiture in the Life of Saint Amand," Art Bulletin 61 (1979), pp. 342-58.
Fellowships and Grants
2003 Fall Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
1999-2000 Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1995 Summer National Endowment for the Humanities Stipend and Travel Grant
1994 Winter UCLA Arts Council Chair (declined)
1991-1992 National Endowment for the Humanities
1987 Fall Ailsa Mellon Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1970 Kress Foundation Summer Research Travel Grant
1967 Kress Foundation Summer Research Travel Grant
2013-2014 Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
1988 Summer Binghamton Fellowship and Summer Grant, $4,000.
1967-71 Chancellor's Teaching Fellow, UCLA
1966 UCLA Art Council Graduate Grant for Summer Research
Tutorial and Graduate Supervison
Senior Tutorials and Honors
Amanda Grannis: “Convivencia: History, Myth, and Modern Memory,” 2012
Maureen Larimore: “Saint Geneviève of Paris,” 2012
Moira Kim Penza: Thomas Becket in Medieval and Modern Literature,” Honors Thesis, English, 2005
Erin Martin: “From Villa to Fortress: The Getty Humanities Center” Honors Thesis, 2001-2002
Stephanie Groothuis: “Franz Marc. Representations 1900-1920"
Gail Hoenig: “Fragonard -- A Critical Historiography,” Tutorial, Spring 1994
Laura Hansen: “The Production History of American Glass, Honors,” 1993-94
Danielle Nyarady: “Canterbury Cathedral and the Cult of Thomas Becket,” Tutorial, Spring 1994
J. Terry: “The Counter-Reformation Project for St. Peter's, Rome.”
Jill Taylor: “Political Representation, Economic Crisis, and Artistic Transformations in the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius”
Jenny Kalina: ”The Nineteenth-Century Project to Restore Medieval Churches and the Catholic Hierarchy in Post-Revolutionary France.”
Nadia Abdullah: “The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Medieval and Contemporary Ideology.”
Heather Allen: “The Representation of Textiles on Medieval Tomb Effigies”
Maggie Carlise: “Battle Abbey Then and Now,” 2004
Christine Dwyer: “The Cult of Saint Edward the Confessor: An Affirmation of the Norman Right to Rule England” 1999
Tara Winner: “Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, N.Y.: A Local Example of the Rural Cemetery Movement “ 1999
Mae Benson: “The Illustrated Life of Ste Radegund: For Love of the World,” 1998 Devon Murphy: “Stourhead: Disparate Emblems in an Eighteenth-Century Landscape Garden,” 1997
Ilana Abend-David: “Politics and Archaeology in Israel: Yigael Yadin’s Excavations at Masada,” 1995
Antoinette Aleccia: “The Shrine of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral,” 1990
Donna Dajnowski: “Holy Trinity Dormition Chapel, Jordanville, New York,” 1988
Laurel Braun: “Women’s Patronage in Medieval Iberia”
Aynur DeRouen, “Urban Spaces, 19th-century Istanbul”
Melissa Fitzmaurice: “Late Antique and Early Christian Shrines”
Kenneth Havenstein, "Choreographing the City. Politics, Pedagogy, and musicality in Medieval Siena." Ph.D. 2009
Saygin Salgirli, “From Thirteenth-Century Toulouse to Fifteenth-Century Serres: A Comparative Study of Dissent, Authority, Architecture and Space” PhD 2009
Sharon C. Smith: “Planned Grandeur: A Commensurate Study of Urban Expansion in Early Modern Italy and Mamluk Egypt,” 2009 (co-supervisor)
Rosemary Ludwick, “Scenes from the Life of Saint Augustine: The Cloister’s Panel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art” PhD 2003
Joseph Bertha: “The Illustration of the Akathist Hymn at the Ferapontov Monastery,” PhD 2002
Late Roman Art and Politics
The Golden Arts of Kings/ Early Medieval Art
The Carolingians. Fantasies of Rome
Monastery and Cathedral Towns in the Later Middle Ages
Medieval Cults of Saints
Europe of the Capitals
Opulence and Excess. Building in the Middle Ages
Junior Seminar/ Historiography
Graduate Methods and Theory
Medieval Pro Seminar
Inventing the Middle Ages: nation-state, political ideology, cultural capital
The Bayeux Tapestry/ Partisan Records of the Norman Conquest of England
Saints, Shrines and Spectacle. Aspects of Medieval Cults of Saints
Vézelay and Santiago. Pilgrimage and Rebellion
Abbey and Cathedral Towns in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
Reims and Amiens. Lordship and Commune
Reims, the Coronation Cathedral
Frontier Cultures / Cultures of Exchange / Medieval Spain
Medieval Shrines/ Modern Inventions