Department of Art & Art History

Karen Sonik

Karen Sonik

Contact

216 Biggin Hall
(334) 844-3579
kzs0063@auburn.edu

Education

  • PhD in the Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania

Office Hours

    By appointment

About Karen Sonik
Assistant Professor

Karen Sonik completed her PhD in the Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Auburn, she was an American Council for Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, a postdoctoral fellow in Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University, and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Her current research and teaching interests focus on outsiders and Others (particularly feminine Others) in the ancient Near East; interconnections between polities of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East; intersections of the visual and literary arts; and theoretical approaches (including neuroaesthetics) to the ancient and non-Western arts.

Representative Publications

  • “Pictorial Mythology and Narrative in the Ancient Near East.” In Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art, edited by M. Feldman and B. Brown, 265-293. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2014.
  • “The Monster’s Gaze: Vision as Mediator Between Time and Space in the Art of Mesopotamia.” In Time and History in the Ancient Near East: Proceedings of the 56th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Barcelona, 26-30 July 2010, edited by L. Feliu, J. Llop, A Millet Albà, and J. Sanmartín, 285-300. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2013.
  • “Mesopotamian Conceptions of the Supernatural: A Taxonomy of Zwischenwesen.” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 14 (2013): 103-116.
  • “From Hesiod’s Abyss to Ovid’s rudis indigestaque moles: Chaos and Cosmos in the Babylonian Epic of Creation.” In Creation and Chaos: A Reconsideration of Gunkel’s Chaoskampf Hypothesis, edited by J. Scurlock and R. Beal, 1-25. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2013.
  • “Breaching the Boundaries of Being: Metamorphoses in the Mesopotamian Literary Texts.”Journal of the American Oriental Society 132.3 (2012): 385-393.
  • “The Tablet of Destinies and the Transmission of Power in Mesopotamian Myth.” InOrganization, Representation, and Symbols of Power: Proceedings of the 54th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Würzburg, edited by G. Wilhelm, 387-395. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2012.
  • “Gender Matters in Enuma eliš.” In In the Wake of Tikva Frymer-Kensky, edited by R. H. Beal, S. W. Holloway, and J. Scurlock, 85–101. Gorgias Précis Portfolios 4. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2009.
  • “Bad King, False King, True King: Apsû and His Heirs.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 128.4 (2008): 737–743.

Forthcoming Publications

  • “Divine (Re-)Presentation: Authoritative Images and a Pictorial Stream of Tradition in Mesopotamia.” In The Materiality of Divine Agency in Cross-Cultural Perspective, edited by B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik. Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • With Beate Pongratz-Leisten. “Between Cognition and Culture: Theorizing the Materiality of Divine Agency in Cross-Cultural Perspective.” In The Materiality of Divine Agency in Cross-Cultural Perspective, edited by B. Pongratz-Leisten and K. Sonik. Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.

Last Updated: October 17, 2016