Roland Betancourt

Assistant Professor, Art History
School of Humanities

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


University of California, Irvine
Art History Department
2222 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697

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Byzantine Art, Visual Culture, and Theology; Critical Theory; Queer Theory
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"Notes on the Slash," Introduction to Byzantium/Modernism Symposium, Yale University (20 April 2012)
School of Humanities Teaching Award, UC, Irvine (2016)
1st Prize for Conference Paper, Byzantine Studies Conference (2013)
Roland Betancourt, PhD (2014), Yale University, is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. He is co-editor of the volume Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity (Brill, 2015), and editor of special issues of postmedieval and West 86th. He has presented extensively at conferences, and his published work has appeared and is forthcoming in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, Gesta, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Orientalia Christiana Periodica, Word & Image, and others. His current research and methodology focus on both Byzantine and contemporary discourses on the ontological valences of the image and its temporality.
Publications Byzantine Intersectionality: Some Minuscule Histories of Premodern Oppression [Forthcoming]
  Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) [Forthcoming]
  "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.
  "Tempted to Touch: Tactility, Ritual, and Mediation in Byzantine Visuality," Speculum 91:3 (July 2016): 660-689.
  "Medieval Art after Duchamp: Hans Belting's Likeness and Presence at 25," Gesta 55:1 (April 2016): 5-17.
  "Faltering Images: Failure and Error in Byzantine Lectionaries," Word & Image 32:1 (2016): 1-20.
  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) [Forthcoming]
  "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) [Forthcoming]
  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
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

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