The Curator for our new exhibit, Bodies in Crisis, Professor Clara Bosak-Schroeder, will be presenting about the exhibition on Feb. 1 at 6:30pm in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.
Bodies in Crisis, opens at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures on Feb. 1, 2022 and runs through July 31, 2022. Drawing from our extensive collection of Ancient Mediterranean artifacts and modern reproductions, Bodies in Crisis explores how ancient cultures navigated bodily crises through art. By representing the human body at important moments of change, ancient peoples investigated, remembered, mourned, celebrated, and protected themselves from harm.
Professor Clara Bosak-Schroeder of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign curated our exhibit. In 2015, Clara Bosak-Schroeder (she/they) joined the Classics department of UIUC where she is also an affiliate of History, Medieval Studies, Comparative and World Literature, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. They received their PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan, with certificates in Greek and Roman History and Graduate Teaching, and a BA in Classical Languages from UC Berkeley. Since joining UIUC, Clara has won a Faculty Fellowship from HRI (2017-2018), a Junior Fellowship from the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory (2018-2020), and has been recognized as a LEAP Scholar (2018-2020). She is currently a junior fellow at the Center for Advanced Study (2021-2022).
Clara works in reception and museum studies, creative nonfiction, and at the intersection of classics and the environmental humanities. Her first book, Other Natures: Environmental Encounters With Ancient Greek Ethnography (UC Press 2020), demonstrates that ancient Greek authors cast humans and nonhumans in complex, interdependent relationships. A second project examines how modern and contemporary artists interpret ancient Mediterranean monuments. Clara's essays have appeared in Avidly, Bellingham Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Zone 3. They also serve on the leadership team for CripAntiquity, an advocacy organization for neurodivergent and disabled students, instructors, scholars, and artists in ancient studies.