Smarthistory: Creating a Smarter, More Equitable and Diverse Art History

Thursday, 3 August 2023
3:00PM - 4:30PM (AEST)
Schaeffer Library Seminar Room, 210 RC Mills Building, University of Sydney Camperdown
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A screenshot of the homepage of the Smarthistory website, which shows a sequence of images from different periods in art history

A workshop for scholars and students, led by our 2023 Sydney Asian Art Series Scholar in Residence Melody Rod-ari

Smarthistory is the most visited website dedicated to art history in the world. Its content, which includes over 1,100 videos and over 3,000 essays is written by a diverse group of over 600 leading art historians, archaeologists, and curators from all over the globe. Since 2020, Smarthistory content has been viewed over 50 million times each year from people from nearly every nation on Earth. This workshop will introduce participants to the platform and exciting changes on the horizon that will continue to help move the study of art history towards a more equitable and diverse future. The workshop will also serve as an open forum to discuss how to better organize and present material from Asia generally, and Southeast Asia specifically on the platform. Information on how to become a contributor, content editor or institutional partner will also be presented.


Headshot of Melody Rod-ari.
Melody Rod-ari

Melody Rod-ari is Associate Professor and Chair of Art History at Loyola Marymount University. She is also the Southeast Asian Content Editor for Smarthistory as well as an active curator who has organized exhibitions and permanent galleries for the Norton Simon Museum and the University of Southern California, Pacific Asia Museum. Her research investigates Buddhist visual culture in Thailand, and the history of collecting South and Southeast Asian art in America. Her work has been published by various journals and university presses and include topics such as “Returning ‘Home’: The Journey and Afterlife of Repatriated Objects (University of Florida Press, 2019) and “Who Owns Ban Chiang?: The Discovery, Collection and Repatriation of Ban Chiang Artefacts” (NUS Press, 2020).