Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Joan Schwartz elected to International Advisory Board of Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences

February 27, 2020

The Department of History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University is pleased to congratulate Professor Joan Schwartz on her appointment to the newly established International Advisory Board of the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. Nominated for her expertise in “archives, acquisitions, teaching, research, and institutional discourse” as well as for her world-recognized contributions to scholarship on nineteenth-century photography, Professor Schwartz is one of only seven distinguished international scholars on the inaugural Advisory Board. Board members, chosen for their innovative work in fields related to the Institute’s scope of interest and research, serve a five-year term, and contribute to the development of the Institute’s research and publication strategy. 

The Advisory Board’s first meeting, to be held in September 2020 in Prague, will coincide with the conference “Photo: Science. Photography and Scientific Discourses,” organized by the Photography Research Centre of the Czech Academy of Science. Established in 2018, the Photography Research Centre promotes interdisciplinary research and international collaboration with photography as its focus.

Recognized for her work at the intersection of the history of photography, archival theory and practice, and historical geography, Professor Schwartz will bring interdisciplinary insights to the conference, while her senior administrative experience and extensive work with national archives will deepen the Board’s impact and reach. “Professor Schwartz’s work on photography in the British Empire has completely transformed the way we understand the complex relationships between power, archives, and the photographic lens,” said Department Head, Associate Professor Norman Vorano, “and her appointment to this International Advisory Board demonstrates, yet again, that Queen’s scholars are global leaders in the arts”. 

Congratulations, Joan. -- and enjoy Prague! 

Posted on March 2nd, 2020.