KU News Release

April 12, 2011
Contact: Kristine Latta, Hall Center for the Humanities, 785-864-7823

Humanities faculty win book publication awards

LAWRENCE — Sally J. Cornelison, associate professor of art history at the University of Kansas, has won the 2011 Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Book Publication Award for her upcoming publication “Art and the Relic Cult of St. Antoninus in Renaissance Florence,” to be published by Ashgate. The annual award is administered by the Hall Center for the Humanities.

The book is an interdisciplinary study that traces the visual and ritual culture of the relic cult of Florence’s sainted archbishop, Antoninus Pierozzi, during the Renaissance. The work addresses the production of religion, architecture and artwork honoring the archbishop and examines the history and meaning of the St. Antoninus Chapel’s patronage, iconography and ritual functions.

Cornelison’s study uncovers unexplored facets of her area of scholarship. The study recognizes, for the first time, a strong tradition of female devotions to the saint that contributed to the success of his cult and significantly influenced the presentation of his life and image. One of the book manuscript reviewers noted that Cornelison's book is “precisely the sort of art history one would like to see more of.”

The Friends of the Hall Center provided support for a second faculty publication. Jacob Dorman, assistant professor of history, received the Friends Book Publication Award for “Chosen People: African Americans and the Rise of Black Judaism.” The forthcoming book, to be published by Oxford University Press, focuses on the diverse history and influence of various religious movements on the rise of 20th century African-American Judaism.

“I am honored to be selected for the Friends of the Hall Center Award, which only makes official my very real debt to the Hall Center for fostering a vital intellectual community on campus and for providing the timely and tactical assistance needed to compete successfully for outside funding,” said Dorman.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies sponsors the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Book Publication Award. It is intended to assist in the publication of meritorious book manuscripts resulting from humanities research by KU faculty members. Additional publication awards are made possible by the Friends of the Hall Center, an organization of faculty, community members and students who support the center’s programs.

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