The Anxiety of Influence and Appropriation

The Seventh Biennial Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium

December 4-5, 2009

Featured Respondent: Robert Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor, History of Art, Yale University

Sponsored by the Graduate Group, the Center for Visual Culture, and the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, and History of Art

Graduate Group



Jasmine Cloud

Temple University
“Damage Control: The Façade of San Marco and the Western Response to the Fourth Crusade”

Jasmine Cloud is a 3rd-year PhD Art History student at Temple University in Philadelphia. She received her MA from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her research interests focus on the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with a special interest in the Paleochristian revival of the post-Tridentine Church.

Joelle Collins

Bryn Mawr College
“Roman Copies, Greek Originals and Modern Perceptions -- A Historiography of Ancient Roman Sculpture”

Joelle Collins earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and worked for a number of years as a research technician in the Department of Human Genetics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2002, she completed an M.A. in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. Currently, Joelle is a Ph.D. candidate in Bryn Mawr's Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Her dissertation, "Art as Commodity in the Roman World," focuses on Roman sculpture used in domestic spaces from the 1st century BCE to the end of the 2nd century CE.

Taylor Coughlan

University of Cincinnati
“'Parroting' Ovid: Sappho, Voice and Poetic Influence in Heroides 15

Taylor Coughlan graduated with a BA in Classical Languages from Carleton College in 2006 and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He was a 2006 winner of the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize for a paper on the creation of gender identities in the Salmacis-Hermaphroditus episode in book four of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Currently, he is a 1st year PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.

Stella Diakou

Bryn Mawr College
“From Tomb Robbers to Private Collectors: Thievery of Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century"

Stella Diakou completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cyprus (2001-2005) in the Department of History and Archaeology. She received her MA in Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College in May 2008 (Middle Bronze Age Cyprus: a reassessment of the evidence with an emphasis on the circulation of Middle Cypriot pottery). During the 2008-2009 school year, she was the Emily Townsend Vermeule fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. She has been excavating since 2002 in both Cyprus and Greece. Stella plans to complete her preliminary examinations in April 2010 and begin working on her dissertation.

Daniel Dooley

Johns Hopkins University
"Epicizing Epigrams and Epigrammatic Epics: Homeric Elements in Hellenistic Poetry"

Daniel Dooley is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. His primary interests are still broad: Greek texts and the development of the Greek language from the Archaic through Late Antique periods. He has studied the Greek language from the perspective of historical linguistics and with respect to its diffusion during the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Originally from Fairfax, VA, he graduated with a BA in Classics from the University of Virginia.

Ruth Erickson

University of Pennsylvania
"The Real Movie: Reenactment, Spectacle, and Recovery in Pierre Huyghe's The Third Memory"

Ruth Erickson is a third year graduate student in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with specific interest in film and performance, art collectives, institutional critique, and social art practices. Her dissertation explores art collectives in post-1968 Paris. From 2004-2007, she was Curator at the Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT, where she organized over two-dozen exhibitions.

Matthew Feliz

Bryn Mawr College
"Raiding the Archive: An Art Historical Perspective on Appropriation"

Matthew Feliz is graduate student in History of Art where he is specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. He recently completed his MA thesis on the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers. He organized an exhibition for Bryn Mawr College that used objects from the college collections to explore the role of optical toys and devices within 19th century visual culture. He works on video art and is currently researching the video works of contemporary artist Christian Marclay.

Nicholas Genau

University of Virginia
"An Appropriation of Victory: Calixtus II and Spolia at Santa Maria in Cosmedin"

Nicholas Genau is a first year PhD student in the department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he also received his MA in 2009 and BA in 2006. His current scholarly interests include the reception of classical texts and tradition in the Middle Ages, literary descriptions of cities, twelfth century Rome, travel writing and guidebooks, memory and imitation, spolia, nineteenth and early twentieth century American architecture.

Nate Harrison

University of California, San Diego
“The Pictures Movement, the Copyright Act of 1976, and the Reassertion of Authorship in Postmodernity"

Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production, and the formation of creative processes in modern media. He has produced projects and exhibited for The American Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Kunstverein in Hamburg, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, among others. Nick has lectured at the University of Rochester, Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the University of Glasgow, among others. Nate co-directed the project space ESTHETICS AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ( from 2004-2008. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Art and Media History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, Nate is working on his dissertation and teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Dan Leon

University of Virginia
"Who Wrote Arrian's Anabasis? Source Criticism and the Destruction of Coherent Texts"

Dan Leon is a PhD student at the University of Virginia; he received two MA degrees in Greek and Latin from the University of Michigan and a BA in Classical Languages from Macalester College. He is currently working on a dissertation on Arrian's Anabasis. Dan spent the last school year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He will present, "Who Wrote Arrian's Anabasis? Source Criticism and the Destruction of Coherent Texts."

James Magruder, III

Johns Hopkins University
"Counterfeiting Romanitas in Late Byzantine & Medieval Cameos"

James Magruder, III received a BA in Russian language and literature with honors from Grinnell College. After several years of work in distance education and academic computing, he decided to pursue a profession in art history. A master's degree in Eastern Orthodox studies resulted in a thesis on the illuminations of the Sinope Gospels. His doctoral study at Johns Hopkins University has increasingly focused on the problematics of Byzantine sculpture, materiality, and the icon. Jamie is currently writing a dissertation that deals with Byzantine gems and marble relief icons from a variety of contexts, including theology, magic, economics, and literature.

Zhanara Nauruzbayeva

Stanford University
"Derivative Modernisms: Appropriation and Visual Artists in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan"

Zhanara Nauruzbayeva is a cultural anthropologist and has conducted fieldwork research with visual artists in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2006-2007. She is a PhD student in the department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her dissertation explores how visual artists, who had come of age during the Soviet period, adapt to the market economy in post-socialist Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the art collective "Artpologist" that combines art and anthropology.

Laura Pfuntner

University of California, Berkeley
"Creating Commagenian Kingship at Nemrud Dagi"

Laura Pfuntner is a 4th year PhD student in the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly interests include the history and historiography of the Roman Empire and the art and archaeology of the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean. She received her BA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Oxford in 2005 and her MA from Berkeley in 2007.

Catherine Roach

Columbia University
“'The Want of Artifice': Allusion and Inclusion in Eighteenth-Century British Painting”

Catherine Roach is a PhD student in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. After graduating this semester, she will join the department of the History of Art at Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Associate in January. Articles based on chapters of her dissertation, "Frame Works: Paintings-within-Paintings in Nineteenth Century Britain," have recently been published in the British Art Journal and Visual Culture in Britain. She is also working on an exhibition, "Seeing Double: Portraits, Copies, and Exhibitions in 1820s London," which will be at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, June 23-September 19, 2010.

Jessica Seidman

University of Chicago
“Modeling on 'Zeuxis Selecting Models': Catullus 51 and the Aesthetic of Eclecticism”

Jessica Seidman is a fourth year graduate student in Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She received her BA in Latin and Greek from Brown University in 2002 and her MA in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago in 2008. Her current research interests include Roman concepts of originality in poetry and art and narrativity in Latin lyric poetry. Some recent papers include “'Scelus est Pietas:' Pietas and Incest in Ovid’s 'Procne and Tereus,'” (CAMWS 2008) and "Annales I.61: A Tacitean Ecphrasis and Its Modern Legacy," (Rhetoric and Poetics Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2008).

Jessica Sisk

Bryn Mawr College
“Sons of Hermes: Translation, Theft, and Classical Studies"

Jessica M. Sisk earned her undergraduate degree in Classics at Indiana University, Bloomington and also holds an MA in Greek and Latin from Bryn Mawr College (Herodotus and The Natural World, 2006). During the last two years she taught several courses in Greek and Latin at the University of Delaware. She is currently at work on a dissertation regarding women's non-kin relationships in antiquity.

Melanie Subacus

New York University
“Translation and Appropriation of Vergil’s Aeneid

Melanie Subacus is a third year PhD candidate in the department of Classics at New York University. She received her BA in Latin from Saint Joseph's University in 2007. She attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in the spring of 2006. A collaborative translation of Propertius 2.33B will be published in the Norton Pocket Book of Writing by Students (forthcoming 2010). Her interests include Latin epic, translation theory, and gender studies.