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Research Assistant Opportunity

Research Assistantship: Byzantium in Paris

Department Art History
Professor Elizabeth Dospel Williams

Project Description
In 1931, the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris coordinated one of the first international loan exhibitions on Byzantine art and culture. This exhibition featured over 750 objects borrowed from collections from North America and Europe. Over the course of its six-week run, thousands of people visited the galleries, qualifying the exhibition as an early international blockbuster. I am preparing a publication on this exhibition after conducting archival work in the US and France. I need help organizing photo documentation, which needs to be matched to written descriptions of objects published in the 1931 catalogue.

The research assistant will be provided with photographs of objects and a copy of the exhibition catalogue. The student will match (labelled) photographs with the catalogued objects. I will work with the research assistant to identify the current location of the objects, some of which have changed hands since the exhibition in 1931. I would like this list to be compiled in a shared Google Doc, which the assistant and I will edit together.

The research project will ideally start in the summer or fall term, but it is also possible to begin immediately as long as the candidate is available for weekly meetings on Monday mornings. Candidates with a background in art history, archaeology, history, French, and/or museum studies are welcome. Excellent organizational skills are essential. Basic French is required.

Time Commitment/Credits
1-3 hours per week (1 credit)

To Apply
Submit Cover Letter/Resume to williamse@doaks.org