Thursday, March 28, 2013
USD Magazine -- It may seem a long reach across the academic spectrum from modernist Eastern European architecture to organometallic chemical reactions, but Juliana Maxim and Timothy Clark, two young University of San Diego faculty members specializing in these disparate disciplines, share the distinction of having recently received prestigious awards for their scholarly work.
Maxim, an assistant professor in the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History, is one of three recipients of the 2012 Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a group dedicated to advancing the humanities.
The $25,000 fellowship stipend will enable her to take a year-long sabbatical and complete her forthcoming book, The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1947-1965. Maxim credits USD College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Boyd and Provost Julie Sullivan with supporting her hiatus from teaching to implement the fellowship.
Maxim’s book, an extension of her dissertation, explores the interplay between architectural expression and the communist political regime in post-war Bucharest, Romania.
“The aim is to show specific ways the city and its architecture were shaped by politics and how architecture shaped politics in return,” Maxim says, “and also to show that socialist aesthetics, long understood as anti-modernist, are in fact key to a new, expanded definition of modernism.” (Full Story)