Professor Carl Knappett (supplied image)

Carl Knappett receives 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship

Carl Knappett, a professor in the department of art history in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been awarded a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Presented by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation since 1925, the prestigious fellowships support mid-career professionals who have shown exceptional capacity as scholars or artists.

Knappett’s research concerns the character and organization of Bronze Age societies in the eastern Mediterranean as revealed through pottery production, exchange and use. Author of the book Aegean Bronze Age Art: Meaning in the Making, Knappett is currently directing fieldwork at Palaikastro on the island of Crete in Greece, and also conducts research on pottery from a variety of other Aegean sites.

“It is really invigorating to be recognized in this way, and to join such a cohort of scholars and artists,” said Knappett, who holds the Walter Graham/Homer Thompson Chair in Aegean Prehistory. “This fellowship will allow me to write my next book – on practices of containment. I will look at the fundamental role containers have played in humanity’s past, and how they continue to shape contemporary lifeways, in ways we often to choose to overlook or forget.”

“Working at the intersection of art, history and archaeology, Professor Knappett’s work continues to reveal the richness and complexity of material culture in the Aegean Bronze Age,” said Professor Melanie Woodin, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. “It is my honour to congratulate him on being named as a 2024 Guggenheim fellow.”