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Sheila Bonde

Professor:
Archaeology, and History of Art and Architecture
Phone: +1 401 863 3134
Phone 2: +1 401 863 6117
Sheila_Bonde@Brown.EDU

Sheila Bonde's research combines archaeology, architectural history, spatial analysis and digital humanities. She is co-director of the MonArch (Monastic Archaeology) research team that focuses on three monasteries in northern France. This project involves excavation, study of surviving architecture and texts, and digital reconstruction and representation. Recent publications and presentations also consider the revival of antiquity in the Middle Ages, and the ethics of representation.

Biography

Sheila Bonde is an archaeologist and architectural historian specializing in the study of medieval sites and their representation. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1975 and her A.M. and PhD degrees from Harvard in 1976 and 1982 respectively. She taught at Reed College before coming to Brown where she is currently Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, and Professor of Archaeology. She has served as a visiting professor at the Université Paris I (Sorbonne). She has excavated in England, France and Israel, and currently directs the MonArch excavation and research project in northern France at the Augustinian abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, the Carthusian house at Bourgfontaine and the Cistercian monastery at Notre-Dame d'Ourscamp.

Interests

Sheila Bonde's research brings together the approaches of archaeology, history, architectural history and spatial analysis. Her work has since 1982 involved the ongoing excavation of the abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, France, the Cistercian monastery of Notre Dame d'Ourscamp and the Carthusian charterhouse at Bourgfontaine. Her research considers not only the buildings of these monasteries, but also their landed domains, hydraulic resources and interactions with the larger urban and rural landscape. She has also published on the role of the individual within the monastic corporation, on early modern monasticism and monastic texts, and on the interactions between liturgy and architecture. She has worked extensively with computer graphic solutions for archaeological recording and architectural reconstructions, and with text encoding of monastic texts to create searchable databases for research.

She has also studied the reuse and reoccupation of Roman architecture in southern France during the Middle Ages. Her work aims to change past approaches to classical revival not only by including architecture more centrally, but by considering more fully the importance of the site itself. It also considers more critically issues of art historical theory as they relate to classicism and the medieval uses of the past. One aspect of this research, an examination of the female monastic community of Saint-Sauveur-de-la-Font, installed in the Roman 'temple of Diana,' has appeared in print.

Recent work funded by the NSF has also been devoted to research on ethical decision-making, and on the ethics of re-presentation.

Degrees

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982

Awards

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Grants and Awards:

-National Science Foundation, EESE: Ethics Education in Science and Engineering "Ethical Awareness in International Collaborations: A Contextual Approach" competition' (NSF 08-530), proposal number 0933509, PI, 2009-2011 ($399,00).

-National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative grant, P.I., 2004-2006
"The Virtual Monastery: Integrating Archaeology, Architecture and Text
at Saint-Jean-des-Vignes"


Teaching Awards:

-Royce Family Professorship in Teaching Excellence, 2004-2007

-Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and
Learning, Brown University, 2002

-Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship (Junior Faculty award for excellence in research
and teaching), 1987

-Danforth Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University, 1982

National and International Grants and Awards to Support Excavation and Research at Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, Soissons:

-Ministère de la Culture et la Commission des Monuments Historiques, France, research grant, 1999-2011

-Conseil général de l'Aisne, research grants, 1998, 1999

-Ministère de la Culture, Direction des Antiquités historiques, excavation and
research grants, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (declined), 1998, 2002, 2004
-Center for Field Research, Earthwatch Foundation, excavation grants, 1987, 1989, 1990 Médaille d'Honneur, Ville de Soissons, 1987

Brown University internal grants:

-OVPR Seed Grant, Mapping Monasticism, 2008-09

-Scholarly Technology Group, Faculty Grant (for internet and graphic development),
2001-2002

Affiliations

Professional Memberships and Service:

AGS: Association of Graduate Schools, elected member of the Board of Directors,
2008-2011.
Archaeological Institute of America
(AIA Narragansett chapter, vice-president, 1996-1997)
Brepols Press, Disciplina monastica series: Studies on medieval monastic life/
Etudes sur la vie monastique au Moyen Age,
member of Editorial Board, 2002-present.

College Art Association, 1979-present

CGS: Council of Graduate Schools, elected member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2011.
Finance and Audit Committee, 2009-11
Government Relations Advisory Committee, 2009-2011.
Chair-elect, 2009-2010; chair 2010-2011.

French-American School of Rhode Island, Board of Trustees, 1995-2001

International Center for Medieval Art
(ICMA Advisory Committee, elected member, 1988-1991)

Medieval Academy of America
(member of Publications Advisory Board, 2003-2007)
Société Française d'archéologie, 1984-present
Société historique et archéologique de Soissons, 1983-present
Society for American Archaeology, 1986-present
Society of Architectural Historians, 1980-present

Grant referee: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellows Program,
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Science Foundation
(NSF), The Getty Foundation, New York Academy of Science, The Medieval Academy
of America Publication Grants, Earthwatch Europe Foundation, George A. and Eliza
Gardner Howard Foundation, Richard Salomon Grants.
Reviewer, American Journal of Archaeology, Antiquity, CAAonline (College Art
Association), Gesta, Speculum
Manuscript referee: Brepols Press, Gesta, Medieval Academy Press, Pennsylvania State
University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Oxford University Press.
Tenure and Promotion reviewer: Fordham University, Indiana University, University of Iowa,
Loyola University, New York University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame
University, Université de Paris IV, Santa Barbara University, Stanford University,
Tulane University.
Consultant/Visiting Committees: University of Pennsylvania, Department of Art History
and Archaeology (2005); Princeton University, Department of Art History
and Archaeology (2006); Cornell University Graduate School, PhD Completion
Project (2007); Notre Dame University Graduate School (2008); Loyola University
Graduate School (2009); University College, School of Art History and Cultural Practise,
Dublin (2009); The Education Advisory Board (2008-9).

Teaching

I teach a range of courses about medieval art, architecture and archaeology, as well as topic seminars --such as Water and Architecture, or Ethics and Humanities-- that examine particular research problems across fields.

Funded Research

FUNDED RESEARCH GRANTS:

"Ethical Awareness in International Collaborations: A Contextual Approach" National Science Foundation, EESE: Ethics Education in Science and Engineering competition' (NSF 08-530), proposal number 0933509, PI, 2009-2011 ($399,00).

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows
in the Humanities co-PI, 2009-2011 ($687,000)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endowment for the Mellon Graduate Humanities Fellows
Program (graduate fellowships and curricular grants) PI ( $3,000,000)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Dissertation Workshops, PI, 2008-2013 ($568,000)

OVPR Seed Grant, "Mapping Monasticism" PI 2008-09

National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative grant, P.I., 2004-2006 "The Virtual Monastery: Integrating Archaeology, Architecture and Text
at Saint-Jean-des-Vignes"

-Richard Salomon Grant (New Approaches to Recording a Medieval Monastery), 1998-2002

-Scholarly Technology Group, Faculty Grant (for internet and graphic development),
2001-2002

-Watson Institute grant (for Glimpses of Grandeur: Courtly Arts of the Later Islamic Empires, exhibition catalogue), 1999

-National Endowment for the Humanities, fellow, 1994-95, grant to support book project, The Afterlife of Antiquity

-Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships, 1988, 1989, 1990, grant to support research on medieval building technology

-National Endowment for the Arts grant for exhibition and catalogue, Survival of the Gods: Classical Mythology in the Middle Ages, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 1986-1987

-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Summer Institute on the Technology of Historic Architecture, Princeton University, 1986

FUNDED GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND EXCAVATION AT SAINT-JEAN-DES-VIGNES, SOISSONS:

-Ministère de la Culture et la Commission des Monuments Historiques, France,
research grant, 1999-2001

-Conseil général de l'Aisne, research grants, 1998, 1999

-Rakow grant, Corning Museum of Glass, 1999 (grant to Robert Brill and
Patricia Pongracz) for analysis of excavated stained glass from Saint-Jean-des-Vignes)

-Ville de Soissons, research grants, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

-Ministère de la Culture, Direction des Antiquités historiques, excavation and
research grants, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (declined), 1998, 2002, 2004
-Center for Field Research, Earthwatch Foundation, excavation grants, 1987, 1989, 1990
-UTRA group grant, 2004, "The Medieval Monastery," collaborative student research on
Augustinian monasticism and medieval chapter books

-UTRA grants, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 to support collaborative student research at
Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, Soissons

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