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Ravinder S. Binning

Ravinder S. Binning


Ravinder Binning (MA, ABD)'s dissertation is entitled The Medieval Art of Fear. The project builds from case studies of objects from as early as the ninth century (the end of Byzantine Iconoclasm). It uncovers the specific formal, spatial, and material strategies that artists employed to respond to medieval desires for fearful religious experiences in specifically tactile terms. Other research interests beyond the Middle Ages and Byzantium include histories of fear as a spatial and aesthetic experience; phenomenology and architecture; the phenomenon of iconoclasm; and the survivals of Antiquity.

He is 2016-2019 Paul Mellon Predoctoral Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He was  Mellon fellow in the Santiago Cathedral Program fellowship (Real Colegio Complutense/Harvard University) for the study of the Portal of Glory, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The project is entitled: "The Portal of Glory in a Global View."

Selected publications:

Ravinder S. Binning, "Christ's All-Seeing Eye in the Dome," in Aural Architecture in Byzantium: Music, Accoustics and Ritual, ed. Bissera V. Pentcheva (Abingdon: Routeledge, 2017).