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


This symposium offers an interdisciplinary engagement of thievery, appropriation, and influence as creative strategies. Selected graduate students will deliver papers from a variety of disciplines and Professor Robert Nelson, Yale University, will offer remarks and response. Professor Nelson has written widely within his own field of medieval art, but his concerns extend to a broader discourse on the history and methods of art history. His books include Hagia Sophia 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument (2004) and Later Byzantine Painting: Art, Agency, and Appreciation (2007). As co-editor of Critical Terms for Art History (2003), Professor Nelson authored the entry on appropriation.