Thadeus Dowad


Thadeus Dowad (2014) specializes in the art and architectural history of Europe and the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a special interest in global methods of analysis that address the latent Orientalist residues of art historical research today. Thadeus’ dissertation, tentatively titled “Border Regimes: European Art and Ottoman Modernity, 1789-1839,” will examine the first wave of experimentations with “Western” image genres and media on the part of the Ottoman government during an era of heightened reform known as the New Order. His study argues for an integration of Late Ottoman art history into a broader narrative of globalizing image forms that accompanied the expansion of French and British empires in the nineteenth century. Thadeus is currently a visiting fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris, where he is completing his second year of dissertation research on a Paul Mellon Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA).