Editorial

Fall 2018

IDSVA students with Visiting Faculty Dr. David Driskell and Dr. Dejan Lukic, and IDSVA Director Dr. Simonetta Moro (center of photo). Colby College, Summer 2018. Photo courtesy of Alicia Lange.
IDSVA students with Visiting Faculty Dr. David Driskell and Dr. Dejan Lukic, and IDSVA Director Dr. Simonetta Moro (center of photo). Colby College, Summer 2018. Photo courtesy of Alicia Lange.

This issue of the Newsletter is almost entirely dedicated to short essays written by IDSVA students while spending a week at Colby College, ME, during their third year dissertation residency. Part of the assignments for that week was to exercise three key methodologies as students experienced a work of art of their choice at the Colby College Museum of Art: Formalism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics. This is only a selection of the many interesting essays written by our students, and it shows three very different critical and philosophical approaches which ground much of the course of study work at IDSVA.

Other articles are dedicated to a book review of Visiting Faculty Santiago Zabala Why Only Art Can Save Us (Columbia University Press); an interview with recent graduate and Spannocchia Writing Fellow Dr. Jason Hoelscher; and an impression of last summer’s Paris residency lecture by Visiting Faculty Jean-Luc Nancy and Giovanni Tusa.

Speaking of residencies, we are looking forward to launching three new sites in the near future: Barcelona and Madrid (2019), Mexico City (2020), and Casablanca (2020). Stay tuned!

Special thanks to all the student contributors, to the Editors, Katherine Melcher (cohort ’16) and Silvia Ruzanka (cohort ’17), and to Staff Editor Molly Davis for the impeccable work.

Happy reading,

Simonetta Moro, IDSVA Director