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Specialization: Early modern Italian studies (1250-1750); early modern visual and material culture; representation and early modern discourses on identity and difference; semiotics, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy; feminist theory, gender studies, and feminist histories of art. Other areas of interest include the institutions of art, art education, and criticism; art, religion, and the state in the early modern world.
Karen-edis Barzman is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University. Trained as an early modern Italianist with an emphasis on visual culture, Professor Barzman has developed a set of critical concerns informed by an ongoing engagement with semiotics, psychoanalytic theory, and continental philosophy. Director of Binghamton University's interdisciplinary Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) from 2006 to 2011, she has more recently turned her attention to professional activities off-campus. She is currently a Discipline Representative for Art History and Architecture at the Renaissance Society of America, where she also serves on the editorial board of the Society's journal, Renaissance Quarterly.
In 2012-13 Professor Barzman will be on leave, completing a manuscript titled "The Limits of Identity: Venice, Dalmatia, and the Representation of Difference." In Fall 2012 she will conduct research in Croatia with a grant from the Renaissance Society of America and complete work in the libraries and archives of Venice with funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. In Spring 2013 she will take up an NEH Fellowship at the Newberry Library. With strengths in cartography and early modern studies, the Newberry is the ideal setting for work on those chapters of the book addressing the production of maps of Dalmatia and their use in the articulation of a defining difference at the limits of Venetian identity, at one of the most unstable borders between Christian and Islamic rule in the early modern world.
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