Professor Carl Knappett, Department of Art, University of Toronto
Professor Knappett brings novel perspectives to Aegean Bronze Age art that are inspired by theory drawn from art, archaeology and anthropology. He identifies distinct actions such as modelling, combining and imprinting whereby meaning is scaffolded through the materials themselves. By showing how these actions work, Knappett brings life to the fascinating art of Minoan Crete. He makes an argument for not just how creativity emerges through specific material engagements but also why creativity might be especially valued at particular moments.
Professor Knappett obtained his PhD in Archaeology at Cambridge University, UK, in 1997 and his BA/MA in Archaeology at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has been Professor at the University of Toronto since 2012 (Walter Graham/Homer Thompson Chair in Aegean Prehistory).
He had several appointments in both the Department of Art and Anthropology and Classics at the University of Toronto, as well as member of several Committees in Paris, Leuven, Belgium, London UK and was a Getty Scholar at the Research Institute in Los Angeles. He obtained several grants from SSHRC for his excavation projects in the Palace and Landscape at Palaikastro, a Minoan harbour town in eastern Crete (PALAP). He is the author and editor of An Archaeology of Interaction (2011), Network Analysis in Archaeology (2013) and Thinking through Material Culture (2005).