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profile-picKaren-edis Barzman

Associate Professor

Office: Fine Arts 220B
Phone: (607) 777-2009

Specialization: Early modern Italian studies (1250-1750); early modern visual and material culture; representation and early modern discourses on identity and difference; semiotics, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy; feminist theory, gender studies, and feminist histories of art. Other areas of interest include the history of cartography, institutions of art, art education, and criticism; art, religion, and the state in the early modern world.

Karen-edis Barzman is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University. Trained as an early modern Italianist with an emphasis on visual culture, Professor Barzman has developed a set of critical concerns informed by an ongoing engagement with semiotics, psychoanalytic theory, and continental philosophy. Director of Binghamton University's interdisciplinary Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) from 2006 to 2011, she has more recently turned her attention to professional activities off-campus. She is currently a Discipline Representative for Art History and Architecture at the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), where she also serves on the editorial board of the Society's journal, Renaissance Quarterly. By invitation she will be organizing the RSA panel for the 2015 College Art Association's annual meeting in New York City.

In 2012-13 Professor Barzman was on leave, working on a manuscript titled "The Limits of Identity: Venice, Dalmatia, and the Representation of Difference." In Fall 2012 she traveled in Croatia with a grant from the Renaissance Society of America and worked in the libraries and archives of Venice with funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. In Spring 2013 she took up an NEH Fellowship at the Newberry Library. With strengths in cartography and early modern studies, the Newberry was the ideal setting for work on those chapters of the book addressing the production of maps of Dalmatia and their use in the articulation of a defining difference at the limits of Venetian rule. In Fall 2013 Professor Barzman will be in residence at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's interdisciplinary Center for Renaissance Studies, where she will take up a Visiting Professorship while drafting the second half of the book. Working closely with her graduate students while on leave, Professor Barzman looks forward to returning to full-time teaching in Spring 2014.

Recent Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
Introduction to Art (100-level)
Renaissance and Baroque (200-level)
Women and the Renaissance (200-level)
Drama of the Baroque (300-level)
Religion and Images Across the Early Modern World (300-level)
Theory and Methods (400-level)

Undergraduate/Graduate Seminars
Early Orientalizing
Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Semiotics: A Critical History
Gender and Performativity
The Monstrous Baroque
Representing Borders/Picturing Frontiers
Spectacle and Public Performance

Graduate Seminars
Gunpowder and Publicity: Arts of War in the Early Modern State
Venezia veduta, Venezia vissuta: Representations of Venice and Everyday Life in the City


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Last Updated: 7/18/13