Current Students

Anna Kim

PhD candidate, History of art and architecture
David Summers, advisor

Anna Kim studied intellectual history at the University of Notre Dame, followed by graduate studies in philosophy and classics at Brown University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Prior to joining the program at Virginia, she completed an MA at the University of Richmond, curating an exhibition of early modern maps and prints that shaped European perceptions of the New World and claims to power. Her dissertation bridges the fields of Italian Renaissance and Byzantine studies, tracing concepts of spiritual presence in relation to iconic form and the phenomenology of spectatorship. Among her many interests are sacred images as sites of performance and transformation; the ethical claims of images generally; and the history of iconoclasm. She has given papers on the cultural appropriation and agency of icons and, most recently, on the dialectical hermeneutic of the icon in Byzantine and contemporary theory. In addition to assisting University of Virginia's onsite course in Italian art and architecture, she has taught courses on Greek philosophy and the Italian Renaissance in global perspective; in spring 2011, she will give a seminar on sacred images, theory, and practice between East and West. She is a reader at Dumbarton Oaks and invites inquiries regarding her research, as well as scholarly exchange on topics of mutual interest.

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University of VirginiaSchool of Architecture