Department Lecture Series: Memory

Event Date: 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 5:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Reception to follow the talk

Note room change

Event Location: 

  • Arts 1341

Event Price: 

Free admission

S. Paolo martyr inscription cast (image © Ann Marie Yasin)

Architectural Memory and the Varieties of Late Antique Appropriation: The Case of S. Paolo fuori le mura

Ann Marie Yasin (University of Southern California)

The department is pleased to announce the third lecture in the HAA Lecture Series 2016-2017, Memory, will be by Dr. Ann Marie Yasin, Associate Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Southern California. The lecture will begin at 5:30 in Arts 1341 (note room change), with a reception to follow.

This paper examines architectural renovation as a significant mode of memory shaping by studying the case of the fifth-century rebuilding of the basilica of S. Paolo fuori le mura in Rome. We shall consider how the reworking of both the fabric and history of the pre-existing structure crafted new meanings and modes of experiencing the hallowed site. I am particularly interested in exploring what we could call the naturalizing force of architectural appropriation: its ability to alter the past building's earlier appearance and associations while at the same time casting the new form and context as normal and appropriate. In the case of the late antique renovation of S. Paolo, I demonstrate how a range of appropriative forms — including manipulation of architectural materials, monumental writing, and decorative elements — recast the relationship between past and present, imperial and papal histories of place.

Dr. Yasin specializes in Roman and late antique art and material culture. Her work focuses on the social and political dimensions of sacred architecture and art and her current research examines questions of memory, materiality and user engagement with Roman and late antique architecture and material culture.

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