Art History Department

Notice: Undergraduate Office Hours

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Please be advised that the Undergraduate Assistant’s Office will be closed from March 6-12 and 15-20, 2019.

The Office will be open on Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and will re-open on March 21 for regularly scheduled office hours.

If you require immediate assistance, please contact the Office Manager at or the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies at

Book Announcement: Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Thursday, February 14, 2019

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book edited by Professor Carl Knappett and Professor Justin Leidwanger:

Maritime Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean World brings together scholars of Mediterranean archaeology, ancient history, and complexity science to advance theoretical approaches and analytical tools for studying maritime connectivity. For the coast-hugging populations of the ancient Mediterranean, mobility and exchange depended on a distinct environment and technological parameters that created diverse challenges and opportunities, making the modeling of maritime interaction a paramount concern for understanding cultural interaction more generally. Network-inspired metaphors have long been employed in discussions of this interaction, but increasing theoretical sophistication and advances in formal network analysis now offer opportunities to refine and test the dominant paradigm of connectivity. Extending from prehistory into the Byzantine period, the case studies here reveal the potential of such network approaches. Collectively they explore the social, economic, religious, and political structures that guided Mediterranean interaction across maritime space..

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: November 2018
Online ISBN: 9781108555685
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2019 Winter Reading Week

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Winter Reading Week for Faculty of Arts and Science undergraduate students takes place February 18 to 22, 2019. Not all Faculties offer reading weeks. To find out if your Faculty has a reading week, please contact them directly.

A reminder that SGS does not have a reading week and graduate courses may or may not be offered this week. Graduate students are advised to review their syllabi/contact their Professors for most up-to-date scheduling information.

The Department of History of Art / Graduate Department of Art will be open for regularly scheduled office hours during Reading Week.

Classes Cancelled – Downtown Toronto Campus (Feb 12)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Due to worsening conditions, all classes starting at 4pm or later on our Downtown Toronto campus are cancelled.

This includes all tutorials, labs, tests, meetings and other on-campus activities.

Buildings and facilities remain open.

An update will be posted Feb. 13, 2019, by 6:30 am.

For updates, including the status of campuses for tomorrow morning, please visit the Campus Status page on UofT’s homepage.

Book Announcement: Mapping Modernisms

Monday, January 28, 2019

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book edited by Professor Elizabeth Harney and Professor Ruth B. Phillips:

Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism gathers international scholars to address the modern arts produced by indigenous and colonized artists. Addressing the silence on indigeneity in established narratives of modernism, the contributors decentre art history’s traditional Western orientation and prompt a re-evaluation of canonical understandings of twentieth-century art history. Contributors illustrate how these artists often engaged with ideas of Primitivism through visual forms and philosophical ideas. Modern indigenous artists, artworks, and art patrons moved within and across national and imperial borders, carrying, appropriating, or translating objects, images, and ideas. Their itineraries made up the dense networks of modern life and produced local, transnationally-inflected modernisms.

Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: January 2019
ISBN (Cloth): 978-0-8223-6859-5
ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-8223-6871-7
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