Robert Branner Forum for Medieval Art

Robert Branner (1927-1973) was an art historian specializing in Gothic architecture and manuscript illumination. Active as an excavator, he made important discoveries in the chronology and style of French cathedrals, incorporating cultural historical tools into the method of design analysis that had more traditionally dominated architectural history.

Branner is remembered through the Robert Branner Forum, a student-run symposium sponsoring lectures several times a year that are open to the public. The Forum originated as a series of visiting lectures organized by Branner's graduate students immediately after his death during the academic year as a way of continuing his courses. It has been supported by his family since that time.

For the 2020-2021 series, all lectures will be held remotely over Zoom. Those interested in attending the lectures are kindly asked to fill out this form.

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Paul Binski (University of Cambridge),
“Mood and Magniloquentia: The Emotional Lives of Gothic"
Tuesday, October 27, 11:00am

Roland Betancourt (University of California, Irvine)
"Queer Desire and the Senses in Byzantium"
Thursday, November 12, 6:00pm

Isabelle Dolezalek (Universität Greifswald)
"Showing Stolen Relics - Booty from the Fourth Crusade in Halberstadt"
Tuesday, December 15, 12:30pm

Michele Bacci (Universität Freiburg)
"Orographic Prominence and Iconicity: Zion, Sinai, Tabor, and Their Doubles in Eastern Christian Arts"
Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:00pm

Jennifer Ball (Graduate Center, City University of New York) and Thelma Thomas (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
“Collaborative Research on Byzantine Silk: Two Case-Studies from Aachen”
Thursday, March 11, 6:00pm

Elizabeth James (University of Sussex)
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 12:00pm

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Fall 2009 – Spring 2010