Art History and Visual Culture’s 28th Annual Senior Symposium took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Bryant Arts Center. This capstone experience for graduating seniors included research presentations by Aidan Cronin, “The (Re)Making of London and its South Bank,” and Yen Anh Nguyen, “Ho Chi Minh City: Recreating Collective Memories in the Built Environment.” Junior, Grace Martin, presented her research in progress.
The Symposium also included Dr. Prita Meier as Discussant and Keynote Speaker. She presented “Oceanic Urbanism: Cities and Architectures of the Swahili Coast.” Prita Meier (PhD, Harvard University) is assistant professor of African art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the arts and architectures of east African port cities and histories of transcontinental exchange and conflict. She is the author of “Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere” (Indiana University Press, 2016) and has publications in “The Art Bulletin,” “Art History,” “African Arts,” “Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art,” “Artforum,” and “Arab Studies Journal,” as well as contributions in several exhibition catalogs and edited books.