ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art History.
Office Hours: by appointment [on sabbatical AY 2015-2016].
About Professor Canepa
Matthew P. Canepa (PhD, University of Chicago) is an historian of art, archaeology and religions. His research focuses on the intersection of art, ritual and power in the eastern Mediterranean, Persia and the wider Iranian world. He is currently a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2015-2016).
Prof. Canepa's first book, entitled The Two Eyes of the Earth (University of California Press), is the first to analyze the artistic, ritual and ideological interactions between the late Roman and Sasanian empires in a comprehensive and theoretically rigorous manner. It was awarded the 2010 James Henry Breasted Prize from the American Historical Association for the best book in English on any field of history prior to the year 1000 CE. Theorizing Cross-Cultural Interaction (Smithsonian, 2010) studies the phenomena of cross-cultural interaction between the ancient to early Medieval Mediterranean, Western Asia and China. Other recent publications include an examination of Hellenistic and Middle Iranian sacred architecture in Western Asia, a restitution and reinterpretation of the Persian palace of Qasr-e Shirin, and an study of the visuality of inscriptions in ancient Iran. He is currently finishing a book exploring the transformation of Iranian cosmologies, landscapes and architecture and is serving as an area advisor/editor for the planned Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity.
Professor Canepa is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships including from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2015-2016), Getty Research Institute (2013), the American Council of Learned Societies (2009-2010), the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (2007), and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (2002-2003). In fall 2009 he was invited to be the Michaelmas Term visiting Senior Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford.
For prospective graduate students:
University of Minnesota is the only doctoral program in North America that offers specialized training in the art and archaeological history of Persia and the ancient Iranian world encompassing the Hellenistic through Sasanian periods as well as the larger late antique Mediterranean. If you are considering pursuing graduate work in these areas, contact me via email to inform me of your background and future interests. University of Minnesota's graduate program offers faculty strengths in the art, architecture and urbanism of Central, South and East Asia. These fields of study are supported by UMN's vibrant programs in Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Anthropological Archaeology, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies as well as Art History faculty resources in Asian and Islamic Art. In addition, UMN hosts the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, which was established with an initial $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to promote research and teaching in global premodern studies. It is in a period of rapid expansion as a central resource for integrated, multidisciplinary research and graduate work in Global Premodern Studies at the University of Minnesota.