Slobodan Ćurčić retired from Princeton in 2010, after 28 years of teaching and after having mentored 25 graduate students who received their PhD degrees from the Department. Since September 2010 he has been living in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he has been happy to welcome numerous friends with or without student groups visiting the city. His book, Architecture in the Balkans from Diocletian to Süleyman the Magnificent (ca. 300-ca. 1550) was published by Yale University Press (London) in 2010. In the same year, he was the guest curator and a co-organizer of the exhibition “Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art”. The exhibition, co-sponsored by Princeton University and the European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments, in Thessaloniki, Greece was on view in Fall 2009 in Thessaloniki and in Spring 2010 in PUAM, Princeton. A catalogue, specifically prepared for this occasion, was published under the auspices of PUAM. A book written by the former students and edited by Mark Johnson, Robert Ousterhout and Amy Papalexandrou, Approaches to Byzantine Architecture and Its Decoration. Studies in Honor of Slobodan Ćurčić, was published in 2012 by Ashgate Publishing Company.
Since his retirement in 2010, Ćurčić has continued an active professional life. As a Chief Curatorial Consultant, he contributed to the organization of the exhibition Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century A.D., organized by the Onassis Foundation (U.S.A.), N.Y.C in collaboration with the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, Greece. The exhibition opened on December 7, 2011 and will be on view until May 12 at the Onassis Center in NYC. Since October 2010 Ćurčić has been active giving lectures in Thessaloniki (2), Vienna, Oxford (2), Athens, Volos, and Heidelberg.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS: "Byzantine Aspects of Church Towers in Norman Sicily," Giorgiod'Antiochia. L 'arie delIa politica in Sicilia nel XII secolo tra Bisanzio el'lslam. Atti del convegno internazionale (Palermo, 19-20 aprile 2007),ed. M. Re and C. Rognoni, Byzantino- Sicula, 5. Palermo, 2009, 65-85, tav. III-XXI.; "Representations of Towers in Byzantine Art: The Question of Meaning," Byzantine Art: Recent Studies: Essays in Honor of Lois Dretoer, ed. C. Hourihane, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, 33; Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 378. Princeton, 2009, 1-35; "Secular and Sacred in Byzantine Architecture," Anathemata Eortika. Studies in Honor of Thomas F. Mathews, ed. J. Alchermes, et a1. Mainz am Rhein, 2009, l10-17; H Architektonike os Eikona: Proslepse kai Anaparastase tes Architektonikes ste Byzantine Techne. ed. S. Curcic and E. Hadjitryphonos. Thessalonike, 2009; Architecture as Icon: Perceptions and Representations of Architecture in Byzantine Art, ed. S. Curcic and E. Hadjitryphonos. New Haven, CT, 2010; "Architecture as Icon," Architecture as Icon: Perceptions and Representations of Architecture in Byzantine Art, ed. S. Curcic and E. Hadjitryphonos. New Haven, CT, 2010, 3-37; Architecture in the Balkans from Diocletian to Siileyman the Magnificent (300-1550) New Haven, CT, 2010.'; "Christianization of Thessalonike: The Making of Christian Urban Topography," From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonike: Studies in Religion and Archaeology, ed. L. Nasrallah, C. Bakirtzis and S. J. Friesen, Harvard Theological Studies, 64. Cambridge, MA, 2010, 213-44; "Some Further Thoughts on the Architecture and Art of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo," Die Cappella PalatinainPalermo Geschichte, Kunst, Funktionen. Forschungensergebnisse der Restaurierungen [Gebundene Ausgabe] , ed. T. Dittelbach. Kiinzelsau, 2011,131-46,379-85,525-33; "Relevance and Irrelevance of Space in Byzantine Ecclesiastical Architecture," The Notion of Space in Byzantine Architecture. Aimos-EMMABP, 4th seminar, ed. E. Hadjitryphonos, Thessalonike, 2011, 23-29;"'Living Icons' in Byzantine Churches: Image and Practice in Eastern Christianity," Spatial Icons: Performativity in Byzantium and Medieval Russia, ed. A. Lidov. Moscow, 2011, 192-212; “Divine Light: Symbolic and Material Aspects of Byzantine Architecture," Architecture of the Sacred: Space, Ritual, and Experience from Classical Greece to Byzantium, ed. B. Wescoat and R. Ousterhout. Cambridge, 2012, 307-37; "'Diaconicon ' as a Monastic Cell. The Question of Functional Intentions in Monastic Church Architecture of Serbia and Byzantium," SYMEIKTA. Collection of Papers on the 40* Anniversary of the Institute for Art History of the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade University, ed.1. Stevovic (Belgrade, in press) (in Serbian with English summary}; "Architecture in Byzantium, Serbia, and the Balkans through the Lenses of Modem Historiography." Serbien und Byzanz, ed. C. Sode and M. Angar. Cologne, in press.