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2019 - 2020 Graduate Student Accomplishments

A look at the accomplishments of our graduate students this past year; they continue to impress and represent the department well year after year!

Long before face masks, Islamic healers tried to ward off disease with their version of PPE

Just as many now don face masks and do breathing exercises to protect against COVID-19 – despite debate around the science behind such practices – so too did the Islamic world turn to protective devices and rituals in premodern times of trouble.

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  

 

One of the department's core goals is to partner with other programs at Michigan and beyond. These partnerships bring History of Art into conversation with other disciplines and enrich our commitment to interdisciplinary study, at the same time fortifying our connection to the University of Michigan community. 

For a full list of partnerships, click here

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