Dr. James D. Janowski


Dr. James JanowskiProfessor of Philosophy
The Wilson Center, 200
(434) 223-6229
jjanowski@hsc.edu

Education

B.A., Colorado State University, 1983; M.A., University of Calgary, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Ethics
  • Social Philosophy
  • Theory of Conservation
  • Cultural Heritage

Service to College

  • Hobbie Program Chair
  • Ethics Bowl Co-Coordinator, 2003-2013
  • Various Committees

Research Interests

Professor Janowski is especially interested in the many philosophical issues that arise in thinking about the conservation, restoration, and preservation of material culture and material cultural heritage (artworks, buildings, sites). He has published a number of essays—see, for example, "Resuscitating Bamiyan's Buddhas? A Dispatch from Dresden, Two Lessons Learned" and Bringing Back Bamiyan's Buddhas—and is at work on a book which aims to sort out what should happen at Bamiyan while also addressing the fundamental questions in conservation theory. He has given numerous presentations, both invited talks and conference talks, in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Janowski's most recent presentations have been at the following meetings or places:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Thinking (Carefully) about Things: Some Reflections on a Conservator's Conundrums," New York, NY, December 2013

  • International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC), Making the Case for Conservation: A Tale of Two Languages. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2013

  • Conference on the Protection of Cultural Property in Asia, Thimpu, Bhutan, February 2013

  • Virginia Conservation Association, Richmond, VA, November 2012 http://virginiaconservationassociation.org/pdfs/201211VCA_NL.pdf

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's, MD, November 2012 http://lexleader.net/buddhas-birth-order/

  • American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, May 2012

  • New York University (NYU), Institute of Fine Arts, New York, NY, March 2012 http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/people/lecturers-conservation-2011.htm

  • American Society for Aesthetics, Santa Fe, NM, July 2011 http://asarmd.com/conference-program-2/

  • American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, June 2011. This talk, "Restoring the Spirit and the Spirit of Restoration: Dresden's Frauenkirche as Model for Bamiyan's Buddhas," has been highlighted on several blogs:

    • The Artblog - "philosopher James Janowski received a lively response to his discussion of what to do about the Bamiyan  Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban" by Andrea Kirsh
    • AIC Blog - "James Janowski raises many ethical and philosophical questions in his presentation on the possible reconstruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.  He asks his audience to balance the needs of the historical record with religious and cultural values." by Mary Striegel
    • Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Library Project Blog - "One of the talks I found to be the most interesting and thought-provoking" by HLF ICON intern
    • Ars Longa - "I found James Janowski's essay particularly interesting, even apart from the subject matter, due to his profession as a philosopher."
    • Ellen Carrlee Conservation - "The AIC continues a happy trend of including non-conservators as general session speakers in philosophy professors James Janowski's "Restoring the Spirit and the Spirit of Restoration: Dresden's Frauenkirche as Model for Bamiyan's Buddhas."

Family

  • Wife: Sharon Koehler
  • Children: Izaak, Ava

Other Interests

  • Reading
  • Travel