Roland Betancourt

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Associate Professor, Art History
School of Humanities
Chancellor's Fellow, 2018-2021


A.B., University of Pennsylvania, History of Art, and Anthropology


M.A., Yale University, History of Art


M.Phil, Yale University, History of Art


Ph.D., Yale University, History of Art

Email: roland.betancourt@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Art History Department
2222 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Byzantine Art, Visual Culture, and Theology; Critical Theory; Queer Theory
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Academic Distinctions
Chancellor's Fellow, UC, Irvine (2018-2021)
Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2016-2017)
School of Humanities Teaching Award, UC, Irvine (2016)
1st Prize for Conference Paper, Byzantine Studies Conference (2013)
Research Abstract
Roland Betancourt is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. In the 2016-2017 academic year, he was the Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has co-edited Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity (Leiden: Brill, 2015), and his work has appeared in Speculum, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, Word & Image, West 86th, Exemplaria, Orientalia Christiana Periodica, and the Journal of Popular Culture, as well as several edited volumes. His first monograph Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) proposes a new understanding of theories of vision in the ancient Greek and Byzantine worlds by distancing sight from touch and placing a central focus on the workings of the imagination. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on the intersectionality of race, sexuality, and gender identity in the medieval world. His ongoing research considers matters of time and temporality in Byzantine philosophy and theology as well as the interaction between manuscript illumination, chant, and liturgy.
Publications
Byzantine Intersectionality: Some Minuscule Histories of Premodern Oppression [Forthcoming]
 
Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
 
"The Icon's Gold: A Medium of Light, Air, and Space," West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 23:1 (Fall-Winter 2016): 252-280.
 
"Why Sight Is Not Touch: Reconsidering the Tactility of Vision in Byzantium," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 70 (December 2016): 1-23.
 
 
 
 
Prolepsis and Anticipation: The Apocalyptic Futurity of the Now,” in A Companion to the Premodern Apocalypse, ed. Michael A. Ryan (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 176-204.
 
"The Medium is the Byzantine: Popular Culture and the Byzantine," The Middle Ages in the Modern World, eds. Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 305-338.
 
"Beyond Foucault’s Laugh: On the Ethical Practice of Medieval Art History,” Postcolonising the Medieval Image, eds. Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov (London: Ashgate, 2016)
 
A Byzantine Liturgical Commentary in Verse: Introduction and Translation,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 81:2 (2015): 433-472.
 
Editor, “Imagined Encounters: Historiographies for a New World,” Special Issue, postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 7:1 (Spring 2016).
 
Co-editor (with Maria Taroutina), Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity (Leiden: Brill, 2015)
 
"The Thessaloniki Epitaphios: Notes on Use and Context," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 55:2 (Summer 2015): 489-535.
 
Nikolaos von Andida” and “Theodoros von Andida,” in Lexikon byzantinischer Autoren, eds. Michael Grünbart and Alexander Riehle (Leipzig: Akademie Verlag, 2015) [Forthcoming]
 
"Genre as Medium on YouTube: The Work of Grace Helbig," The Journal of Popular Culture 49:1 (2016): 196-223.
Grant
Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Professional Societies
College Art Association (CAA)
Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA)
Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)
International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
New Media Caucus (NMC)
BABEL Working Group
Graduate Programs
Visual Studies

Last updated
11/28/2018