Art Historian Sally
M. Promey Accepts Yale Appointments
Martin D. Jean
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sally M. Promey
as Professor of Religion and Visual Culture in the Yale Institute of Sacred
Music and Yale Divinity School, and as Professor of American Studies in
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, beginning January, 2007. Additionally,
Prof. Promey will serve as Deputy Director of the ISM for a three-year,
renewable term, assisting in strategic planning, curriculum, and in program
development in Religion and Visual Culture, particularly in the Faculty
of Arts and Sciences and other arts areas at Yale and beyond.
Promey is currently Professor of American Art History and chair of the
Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland.
She holds the Ph.D. in History of Culture from the University of Chicago
and the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and is ordained in the United
Church of Christ. Her scholarship explores relations between visual culture
and religion in the United States from the colonial period through the
present. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a book
titled Religion in Plain View, a history of the public display of religion
in the United States. Her Guggenheim work begins in January 2007. Promey's
most recently completed monograph, Painting Religion in Public: John Singer
Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library
(Princeton University Press, 1999) received the American Academy of Religion
Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion. Her book Spiritual
Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism (Indiana
University Press, 1993) was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for
Distinguished Scholarship in American Art and selected as a CHOICE Outstanding
Academic Book. Among recent articles and book chapters are essays titled
"Seeing the Self 'in Frame'": Early New England Material Practice
and Puritan Piety," in Material Religion (2005); "Taste Cultures
and the Visual Practice of Liberal Protestantism, 1940-1965," in
Practicing Protestants: Histories of the Christian Life in America, ed.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Leigh Schmidt, and Mark Valeri (Johns Hopkins University
Press, 2006); "Situating Visual Culture," in the Blackwell Companion
to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen (Blackwell, in press);
and "The 'Return' of Religion in the Scholarship of American Art,"
in The Art Bulletin (2003). Promey is the recipient of numerous grants
and fellowships including a residential fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars, two Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships
(1993 and 2003) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers,
and summer research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Antiquarian Society,
the Louisville Institute, and the General Research Board of the University
of Maryland. She was co-director (with David Morgan, Valparaiso University)
of a multi-year interdisciplinary collaborative project, "The Visual
Culture of American Religions," funded by the Henry Luce Foundation
and the Lilly Endowment Inc. A book sharing the project title and co-edited
by Promey and Morgan appeared in 2001 from University of California Press.
In 2004 she was Senior Historian in Residence for the Terra Summer Residency
Program in Giverny, France. Promey serves on the Advisory Committee of
the Archives of American Art, the Editorial Board of Material Religion,
and is Editorial Advisor to American Art as well as juror for the College
Art Association's Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant in American Art.
Prof. Promey's work is defined by collaboration and multi-disciplinarity.
She is a scholar of renown who has a deep interest in the lives and workings
of religious communities. One reviewer from a sister institution of Yale
commented that he was "envious of Yale for making such an appointment."
Indeed, we are fortunate that Prof. Promey will join the Yale faculty,
and we are particularly proud to note that this is the first tenured senior
appointment to be made to the ISM faculty since 1997, and the first ever
fully joint appointment made with a department of the Faculty of Arts
Teresa Berger Accepts appointment
at the Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School
Martin D. Jean
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Teresa Berger
as Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music
and Yale Divinity School, beginning January, 2007. She is a renowned scholar
with great range and a dedicated and beloved teacher. Since 1985, she
has been on the theology faculty of Duke Divinity School.
Teresa Berger holds doctorates in both dogmatic theology and in liturgical
studies. Berger grew up in post-World-War II Germany and studied at St.
John's College, Nottingham, and the Universities of Mainz, Heidelberg,
Muenster, and Geneva. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection
of liturgical studies, gender theory, theology, and cultural studies.
Berger has written extensively on liturgy and women's lives. Her recent
publications include Women's Ways of Worship: Gender Analysis and Liturgical
History (1999), Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context
(2001), and Fragments of Real Presence (2005). The latter received two
Catholic Press Awards in 2006. Berger has also published monographs on
the hymns of Charles Wesley, on the 19th-century Anglo-Catholic revival,
and on ecumenical readings of the Scriptures. In the spring of 2006, she
co-edited an issue of the subaltern web dossier Worlds & Knowledges
Otherwise, entitled The Poetics of the Sacred and the Politics of Scholarship.
Berger is passionate about teaching, including its cross-cultural dimensions;
she has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Mainz, Muenster,
Berlin, and Uppsala.
In 2003, Teresa Berger received the distinguished Herbert Haag Prize
for Freedom in the Church.
Berger's scholarly work currently focuses on an editorial project designed
to bring to light the many ways in which gender has shaped what comes
to be known as "liturgical tradition."
Berger is also completing a collection of prayers, meditations, stories
and songs entitled Ocean Psalms, and is co-producing, with FireStream
Media, a documentary video of liturgies in women's hands.
Teresa Berger is part of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham,
We are overjoyed that Prof. Berger will join our distinguished faculty
of Prof. Fassler, Garrigan and Spinks and look forward to the contribution
she will make to the Institute and Divinity School communities. Please
join me in welcoming her to Yale University