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Prof. Dr. JoAnne Mancini


Department of Culture

Terra Visiting Professor, 2021/22

Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Wednesday, 12:00-14:00 or by appointment via email: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/meet/j.mancini

Winter Term 2021/22 

Please register at: culture@jfki.fu-berlin.de with your name, matriculation number, study program, home university (if applicable), zedat email address or email address of home university, and type of exchange program (if applicable). Deadline for registration is October 25, 2021. Please register on Campus Management as well and as soon as possible.

  • Landscapes of American Art (BA)

Tuesdays 4 – 6 p.m. Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; course number 32104 first session on November 2, 2021. This course will be online in November and December, starting in January there might be in-person teaching if possible.

This module will explore the history of American art through the theme ‘Landscapes of American Art’. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it will consider some of the ways in which American artists have engaged with built and natural environments, how that engagement has changed over time, and how that engagement relates to broader trends in American culture. At the same time, it will also explore some of the ways in which the making and unmaking of landscapes is itself an aspect of American visual and material culture, analysed not only by art historians but also by disciplines such as geography, history, and urban studies.

  • Issues in American Art History (MA)

Tuesdays 2 – 4 p.m., Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; course number 32117 first session on November 2, 2020. This course will be online in November and December, starting in January there might be in-person teaching if possible.

This module will explore the history of American art through recent research and writing. What issues, themes, and concepts have motivated recent scholarship? How has recent scholarship attempted to change the discourse and the discipline of American art? How have recent scholars in the field engaged with other disciplines, and what might the future hold for American art history?

J. M. Mancini is an interdisciplinary scholar whose historical interests intersect with interests in architecture, the built environment and cities; art and material culture; citizenship and migration; education; and music. Her research has been supported by major fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and Smithsonian Institution, as well as smaller grants from institutions including the AHRB (UK), the British Library's Eccles Centre, the Huntington Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Paul Mellon Centre, and the Royal Irish Academy.

Mancini’s writing has won US and international prizes including the Peggy O’Brien Book Prize, the Charles C. Eldredge Prize, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Prize and the Yasuo Sakakibara Prize.  Her most recent book, Art and War in the Pacific World: Making, Breaking and Taking from Anson’s Voyage to the Philippine-American War (California, 2018) was described as ‘essential reading for scholars interested in the global interchange of art, objects, and architecture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’ (American Historical Review), a ‘compelling work of interdisciplinary scholarship’ (Pacific Historical Review) and ‘a remarkable work’ (Global Maritime History).  She is also the author of Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show (Princeton, 2005) as well as articles and essays in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals including American Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, and the Journal of American History.  Her collaborative research includes Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2015), edited with Keith Bresnahan, and an upcoming special issue of American Nineteenth Century History, edited with Billy Coleman. 

Mancini takes an interest in communicating academic research perspectives to wider audiences, and has appeared on numerous programmes including RTÉ Television's Prime Time and live U.S. Presidential election panels, Today with Sean O'Rourke, The Pat Kenny Show and Talking History (Ireland); BBC World Service's World Questions (UK); and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities show BackStory, broadcast on National Public Radio (USA).  Her recent profile by the American Historical Association may be viewed here.

Selected publications

Monographs / Monographien

Edited Works / Herausgeberschaften

Essays / Aufsätze

  • 'American Art’s Dark Matter: Uncirculation from Revolution to Empire', in Circulation, ed. F. Brunet (Terra Foundation for American Art, dist. by University of Chicago Press, 2017), 42-75.
  • 'Disrupting the transpacific: objects, architecture, war, panic', Colonial Lat. Am. Rev., 25: 1 (Mar. 2016), 35-55.
  • Graham Finlay and J. M. Mancini, '"Her Life within the Home": The Construction of Gender and Female Migrant Workers in the Republic of Ireland', in Z. Mehgani, ed., Migrant Women Workers: Ethical, Political and Legal Problems (Routledge, 2016).
  • 'The Pacific World and American Art History', in Companion to American Art, eds. Davis, Greenhill and LaFountain (Blackwell, 2015).
  • J. M. Mancini and D. Leibsohn, 'American art’s western horizons’, Perspective: actualité en hist. de l’art 7: 2 (2015).
  • 'Destructive Creation: The U.S.-Philippine Relationship in American Art', in East-West Interchanges in American Art, ed. C. Mills (Smithsonian Institution, 2012).
  • 'Siege mentalities: objects in motion, British imperial expansion, and the Pacific turn', Winterthur Portfolio 45: 2/3 (summer/autumn 2011), 125-140.
  • 'Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California', American Art 25: (spring 2011), 28-51. 
  • '"Because it is my culture": technology and agency in the overseas U.S. cultural history classroom', Journal of American History 96: 4 (March 2010), 1127-1132.
  • J. M. Mancini and Graham Finlay, '"Citizenship matters": Lessons from the Irish citizenship referendum', American Quarterly 60: 3 (September 2008), 575-599.
  • '"Messin' with the furniture man": Early country music, regional culture, and the search for an anthological modernism', American Literary History 16: 2 (summer 2004), 208-237.
  • 'Discovering Viking America', Critical Inquiry 28: 4 (summer 2002), 868-907.
  • '"One term is as fatuous as another": Responses to the Armory Show reconsidered', American Quarterly 51: 4 (December 1999), 833-870.
  •  '"The safeness of standing alone": Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work and the organizational roots of the American avant-garde', Canadian Rev. of Am. Studies 28: 2 (1998), 37-79.