Longer list of publications-Tamara Sears

Tamara I. Sears


Aug. 2004 Ph.D., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
May 1996 B.A., Art History (high honors), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


South Asian art and architectural history, including traditions connected to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam; Ancient and medieval architecture; Colonial historiography; Landscape studies; Environmental approaches to art history; Iconology; Transregional studies



Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Medieval India (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014).
 Winner of PROSE Award in the category of Architecture and Urban Planning, for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the American Association of Publishers

Mobility, Mercantile Communities, and the Transmission of Architectural Knowledge in Medieval India (special issue of Ars Orientalis, co-edited w/ Nachiket Chanchani, No. 45)



“Mobile Communities and Temple Towns: Kadwāhā at the Turn of the First Millennium A.D.,” in Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia, vol. 2, edited by Ute Franke and Verena Widorn, South Asian Archaeology 2010 (Brepols, 2016), 345-359.

“Following River Routes and Artistic Transmissions in Medieval Central India,” Ars Orientalis 45 (2015): 43-77.

“Reconsidering Kadwaha's Temples: History, Chronology, and Patronage,” in Prāsāda-nidhi: Studies in Indian Temple Architecture and Sculpture, A felicitation volume in honour of Professor M.A. Dhaky, edited by Parul Pandya Dhar and Gerd J. R. Mevissen (Delhi: Aryan International, 2015), 67-83.

“In the Gaze of the Guru: Shikshadana Scenes at Khajuraho,” in Art, Architecture and Iconography in South Asia A Felicitation Volume in Honour of Dr. Devangana Desai, edited by Anila Verghese and Anna L. Dallapiccola (Delhi: Aryan Books, 2015), 151-168.

“Encountering Ascetics On and Beyond the Indian Temple Wall,” in History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann (London: Routledge, 2014), 172-94.

“Mapping Omkareshvara’s Early Medieval Past: Following Sculptural Fragments along the Parikrama Path,” in Patrimoine Culturel de L’Eau: Cities and Settlements, Temples and Tanks in Central India, edited by Michael Willis, et. al. (Bhopal : Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Govt. of M.P., 2014), 113-132.

“From Guru to God: Yogic Prowess and Places of Practice in Early-Medieval India,” in Yoga: The Art of Transformation, edited by Debra Diamond (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2013), 47-57.

“Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India,” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture, edited by Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 123-152.

“Fortified Maṭhas and Fortress Mosques: The Reuse of Hindu Monastic Sites in the Sultanate Period,” Archives of Asian Art 59 (2009): 7-31.

“Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India,” The Art Bulletin 40, no. 1 (March 2008): 7-31.

“Śaiva Monastic Complexes in Twelfth-Century Rajasthan: The Pāśupatas and Cāhamānas at Menāl,” South Asian Studies 23 (2007): 107-26.

“‘Whither Vernacular?’: Discussions from the Seminar,” in Traditional and Vernacular Architecture, edited by Subashree Krishnaswami (Madras: Madras Craft Foundation, 2003), 133-40.


Art of India (undergraduate lecture)
Introduction to Asian Art (undergraduate lecture)
Nature, Landscape, and Environmental Art History (graduate seminar)


Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (2017)
Clark Art Institute (2017)
National Humanities Center (2016)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Garden and Landscape Studies Program (2015-2016)
Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, India (2012)
J. Paul Getty Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (non-residential) (2008-2009)
Society of Architectural Historians (2006)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2001-2002)

Carla Yanni Long Publications and Professional Activities


“Design, Display and Development: Evolution in British Victorian Architecture”, invited publication for a peer-reviewed anthology, Evolution and Victorian Culture, to be published by Cambridge University Press, edited by Bernard Lightman and Bennett Zon, forthcoming, 2013.

"Campus History at the Crossroads: Three Divergent Methods," The Journal of Planning History, November 2012, 11:4, 348-351. http://www.architectural-review.com/reviews/events/going-back-to-move-forward/8634599.article

 “The Richardson Memorial: Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer’s Henry Hobson Richardson and His Works,” Nineteenth Century Magazine, December 2007.

The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2007. Now in its third Printing.  (Selected as a 2007 “Book of Critical Interest” by the journal Critical Inquiry 34.1, 2007).

“Learning from the History and Sociology of Science: Interrogating the Spaces of Knowledge,” invited essay in a series of methodological articles, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, December 2005, 64:4, 423-425.

“The Linear Plan for Insane Asylums in the United States to 1866” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, March 2003.

Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2000 and London: Athlone, 1999, and Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.

“Nature and Nomenclature: William Whewell and the Production of Architectural Knowledge of Early Victorian Britain” Architectural History (UK) September 1997. 

“Divine Display or Secular Science: Defining Nature at the Natural History Museum in London,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 55, no. 3, September 1996 (Winner of the Founders' Award from the Society of Architectural Historians).



Erik Thunø Long Publications and Professional Activities


Recent Publications:

The Apse Mosaic in Early Medieval Rome. Time, Network, and Repetition. Cambridge University Press. In press.

Decorating the Lord’s Table. On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Middle Ages, ed. Søren Kaspersen and Erik Thunø (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006)

Image and Relic. Mediating the Sacred in Early Medieval Rome, Rome: l’Erma di Bretschneider, 2002

The Miraculous Image in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. E. Thunø and G. Wolf, Rome: l’Erma di Bretschneider, 2004


“The Pantheon in the Middle Ages,” in The Pantheon. History, Meanings, Intentions, eds. Mark Wilson Jones and Tod Marder (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) forthcoming.

“’Living Stones’ of Jersalem. The Triumphal Arch Mosaic in S. Prassede in Rome,” in Visuaql Constructs of Jersalem, eds. Bianca Kühnel et. A. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) forthcoming.

“Thessalonikian Weddings. The Miracle at Cana in Saint Nicolas Orphanos,” in Synergies in Visual Culture / Bildkulturen im Dialog, Festschrift für Gerhard Wolf, eds. Manuela De Giorgi, Annette Hoffmann, Nicola Suthor (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2013), 315-25.

"Inscription and Divine Presence. Golden Letters in the Early Medieval Apse Mosaic," Word and Image 27, 3 (2011): 279-91

"Inscriptions on Light and Splendor. From Saint-Denis to Rome and Back," in Inscriptions in Liturgical Spaces, eds. Kristin B. Aavitsland and Turid Karlsen Seim, Acta ad archaeologiam et artium pertinentia 24, n.s. 10 (2011): 141-59

“Looking at Letters. ‘Living Writing’ in S. Sabina in Rome,” Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft 34 (2007): 19-41.

“The Golden Altar of St. Ambrose in Milan: Image and Materiality,” in Decorating the Lord’s Table. On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Middle Ages, ed. Søren Kaspersen and Erik Thunø (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006), 63-79

"Materializing the Invisible in Early Medieval Art: The Mosaic of Santa Maria in Domnica in Rome," in Seeing the Invisible in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, ed. Giselle de Nie et al., Turnhout: Brepols, 2005

“The Miraculous Image and the Centralized Church. Santa Maria della Consolazione in Todi,“ in The Miraculous Image in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. E. Thunø and G. Wolf, Rome: l’Erma di Bretschneider, 2004, 29-57

“The Cult of the Virgin, Icons and Relics in Early Medieval Rome. A Semiotic Approach,” Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia 17 (2004): 79-98

Decus suus splendet ceu Phoebus in orbe. Zum Verhältnins von Text und Bild in der Apsis von Santa Maria in Domnica in Rom,” in Die Sprache der Bilder. Zur Korrelation und Kontradiktion von Text und Bild im Wirkungskreis der Bibel, ed. B. Janowski and N. Zchomelidse, Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2003, 147-164

“Some Remarks on the Sta. Barbara Chapel at Ss. Quattro Coronati in Rome” Arte Medievale 10, 2 (1996): 15-22

“The Facade Mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome”
Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 23 (1996): 61-82


Sehepunkte. Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften: www.sehepunkte.de http://www.sehepunkte.de/: Beat Brenk, The Apse, the Image and the Icon. An Historical Perspective of the Apse as a Space for Images (Reichert Verlag: Wiesbaden, 2010)

CAA On-line Reviews (August 2007): Anne-Orange Poilpré, Maiestas Domini: Une image de l’Église en Occident (Ve–IXe siècle), Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 2005

Alessandro Tomei: Pietro Cavallini, Milano: Silvana, 2000 in Journal für Kunstgeschichte 5, 4 (2001): 309-31



Andrés Zervigón Long Publications and Professional Activities


Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920 – 1938. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, February 21 – June 25, 2006, and Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, September 20, 2007 – February 10, 2008.

Recent Publications:

"Die anderen Bildamateure. Agitprop, Werbung und Bildmontage unter der Leitung der KPD," in Im harten Licht der Wirklichkeit. Arbeiterfotografie und Kunst um 1930 (Leipzig: Spector-Verlag, 2014).

"César Domela-Nieuwenhuis - Hamburg. Deutschlands Tor zur Welt [Hamburg, Germany's Gateway to the World], c. 1930," in Object: Photo, edited by Mitra Abbaspour, et. al. (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2014).

"Towards and Itinerant History of Photography: The Case of Lalla Essaydi," in Photography, History, Difference, edited by Tanya Sheehan (Hannover, NH: University Press of New England, 2014).

John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

"The Wiederaufbau of Perception: German Photography in the Postwar Moment, 1945-1950," appeared in Études Photographiques, Number 29 (2012).

“Postcards to the Front: John Heartfield, George Grosz and the Birth of Avant-Garde Photomontage,” in Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, edited by Jordana Mendelson and David Prochaska, Penn State Press, 2010.

"Persuading with the Unseen? Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung, Photography, and German Communism’s Iconophobia.” Visual Resources 26, no. 2 (June 2010), 147-164.

“’ A Political Struwwelpeter?’ John Heartfield’s Early Film Animation and the Crisis of Photographic Representation,” New German Critique, No. 107 (Summer 2009).

“Die Buchumschläge John Heartfields,” essay for the exhibition catalogue John Heartfield: Zeitausschnitte. Fotomontagen 1918-1938, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (May 28 – August 31, 2009). Catalogue published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag, May 2009.

“A Magnificent Distraction? The Drag Cult for Nazi-era Film Diva Zarah Leander,” Australia New Zealand Art Journal, Vol 6. No. 1 (November 2005), pp. 89-113.

“The Weave of Memory. Siemon Allen’s Screen in Post-
Apartheid South Africa,” Art Journal, Vol. 61, No. 1 (Spring 2002), pp. 68-81.



Participant in "The Photographic Situation," a Partnership Development Grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, August 2011-August 2014.

Co-founded with Art History Department colleague Prof. Tanya Sheehan "The Developing Room: Photography Working Group” at the Center for Cultural Analysis.  Recent symposia convened by The Developing Room include "Photography and Radical Politics" (April 2010), "Global Photography and Its Histories" (February 2011), and "Photography and Its Origins" (April 2012).

Chair with An Paenhysen, "The Unsettled Image: Photography in Germany's Weimar Republic," ICI Berlin, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, January 2011.

Chair with Dr. Stephen Pinson (New York Public Library) of the session “Subject: Photography,” 2007 College Art Association Conference, New York.

Co-convener of the symposium Detours of Technology: Insights into the Hungarian and Weimar German Oeuvres of László Moholy-Nagy, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, October 28, 2006.

Co-convener and Respondent for the symposium for the symposium Radical Politics/Radical Aesthetics (called in conjunction with the exhibition Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920-1938) Getty Research Institute, May 4, 2006.

Selected Scholarly Papers:

"The Politics of of Memory and Mimesis in German Photography of the Postwar Moment, 1945-1950," presented at the conference "Cold War Camera," Antigua, Guatemala, Feb. 22, 2014.

"Photography's Weimar-Era Constituency and Walter Benjamin's Optical Unconscious," presented at the workshop "Photography and Walter Benjamin's Optical Unconscious," Toronto, October 26, 2013.

"The Peripatetic Viewer at John Heartfield's Film und Foto Exhibition Room," presented at the symposium "Exhibition as Model," Harvard University, March 8, 2013.  

"The Din of Dada and the Crash of Fluxus," presented at the symposium "Cabaret from Dada to Fluxus" at the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, March 7, 2012.

"Towards a Nomadic History of Photography: The Case of Lalla Essaydi," presented at the Association of Art Historians Conference, Milton Keynes (UK), March 30, 2012.

"'Proletarian Art' and the Avant-Garde after Germany's Revolution," presented at the symposium "Revolution and Representation: Germany, 1917-1923," Rice University, Houston, TX, November 12, 2011.

"Russian Iconophiles and German Iconophobes." Paper delivered at the Workshop “Berlin-Moscow 1913-1933,” Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, April 2, 2011.

Sarah Brett-Smith Long Publications and Professional Activities