Robyn Dora Radway
Fields of Study: Ottoman Europe, Early Modern Identity, History of Art and Visual Culture
Robyn Dora Radway's research focuses on the production and consumption of culture along and about the frontier between Ottoman and Christian Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with an emphasis on the Kingdom of Hungary. She works primarily with armor, costume books, maps and a wide range of material culture. Methodologically, she is interested in deconstructing the dichotomy of the Siadian “East” and “West” in order to explore the complexities of the in-between in Europe’s visual, literary, and social relationship with the Ottoman Turks. Through focused study of the Christians of Ottoman Europe, she plans to contribute to larger comparative studies relating to identity in early modern Christian-Muslim contact-zones.
Robyn recieved her B.A. in Art History at the University of Central Florida in 2009, where she studied under Margaret Ann Zaho and Francis Martin. Her honors thesis explores the iconography and patronage of a group of fifteenth-century bone horse saddles carved with scenes of courtly love and episodes from the life of Saint George. She received her M.A. in Art History from Rutgers University in 2011, where she studied under Tarek Kahlaoui and worked with Larry Silver (Penn). Her thesis, entitled “Representing the Christians of Ottoman Europe: Self, Other, and the In-between in Sixteenth-Century Costume Books,” explores problems of ambiguity surrounding the artistic representation of Ottomanized Europeans.
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