Anna Marazuela Kim

Anna Marazuela Kim

Associate Fellow

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Anna Marazuela Kim completed her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia, supported as a Fellow by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Her research engages the deep structures of our complex relation to images, drawing together ethics and aesthetics, phenomenology, sociology, theology and technology. An historian of the Italian Renaissance, Byzantium and the Reformation, she writes on image theory, the icon and iconoclasm, and materiality and visuality in religious art, across the divide of East and West. Focusing on the icon as a concept that brings past and present into dialogue, her book project aims to extend the field of aesthetics to address the ethical challenges of digital culture.

Anna studied intellectual history at Notre Dame, and philosophy and classics at Brown University, where she was an Andrew Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Between graduate studies, she worked on a variety of projects in civil rights and education, in Nicaragua, the U.S. and post-Soviet Ukraine. Currently at the Institute, she is involved in two projects that bring her broad training and experience to bear on issues of contemporary concern: one on the image and self in relation to technology; another on the place of beauty in the revitalization of American cities. She is a lead scholar on the Thriving Cities Project.

Anna is also a member of an international network of scholars and curators advancing a comparative-historical study of iconoclasm, funded for the past two years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the U.K. Members of the team have produced an exhibition, Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, which opened October 2013 at Tate Britain in London.

Recent Publication:

Kim, Anna Marazuela, “Christmas and the New Cult of Images,” THR Blog, December 17, 2013, http://iasc-culture.org/THR/channels/THR/2013/12/christmas-and-the-new-cult-of-images.

Kim, Anna. “Creative Iconoclasms in Renaissance Italy.” S. Boldrick, L. Brubaker and R. Clays, Eds., Striking Images, Iconoclasms Past and Present (Ashgate, 2013).

Invited Papers:

November 6, 2013
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, co-sponsored by the Art, Art History and Visual Studies Dept.
Duke Divinity School

April 4, 2014
Penn Symposium on Materiality and Religion
University of Pennsylvania

July 2014
Humanities Institute of Advanced Studies
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

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