Olga Bush (Vassar College) was awarded the 2023 ICMA–Samuel H. Kress Foundation Research and Publication Grant to support on-site research in Spain and Sicily for her project entitled “Forced Labor: Exotic Fauna in the Animation of Medieval Court Environments.” She was also was appointed a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks for the 2023-2024 academic year to support research on her project titled “Extraction and Construction: The Ecology and Landscape Architecture of Madīnat al-Zahrā’ (Córdoba) in the Pan-Mediterranean Medieval Context” that forms a part of her monograph in progress at the intersection of environmental studies and medieval Muslim visual culture.
Lauren Van Nest (University of Virginia) has been awarded a Kress Two-Year Institutional Fellowship in the History of Art at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany for 2023-2025. This fellowship supports research on my dissertation “Sacral Performance & Extended Royal Bodies in the Ottonian Empire: The Case of Henry II & Kunigunde (1002-1024).”
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