ANS Announces Harry W. Fowler Lecture

Press Release
April 29, 2017
New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce that the 2017 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture will be presented by Phillip B. Wagoner, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Wesleyan University. The lecture will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick Street, Floor 11, in New York City. Prof. Wagoner will speak on “The Deccan as an Integrated Currency Zone: New Approaches to the Study of Peninsular Indian Coin Hoards (1347-1687).”

Prof. Wagoner’s research focuses on the cultural history of the Deccan region of South India, primarily late medieval and early modern periods. In particular, he is intrigued by historical interactions between the region’s established Indic culture and the Persianate culture that arrived when the Delhi Sultanate annexed the region. Since 2000, his work has focused on Persianate Islamic architecture in the Deccan. Dr. Wagoner has been associated with the Vijayanagara Research Project since 1987, which has led to two published books; he also published many articles on various topics relating to Vijayanagara. Dr. Wagoner received his BA from Kenyon College and his PHD from the University of Wisconsin. His most recent book is Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India’s Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600 (with Richard M. Eaton; 2014), which won the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize and the Association for Asian Studies’ Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize.

The lecture will be followed by a response from Finbarr Barry Flood, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University.

The lecture will begin at 6:00 PM. It will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 PM.

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The Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture was established in 1998 with a bequest from Mr. Fowler and with additional gifts from the Fowler family. Harry W. Fowler served as President of the American Numismatic Society from 1984-1990, and for his personal generosity was named a Benefactor of the Society in 1986. In 1995 he bequeathed his collection of Bactrian coins to the ANS, which together with the Society’s already strong holdings, has created one of the most comprehensive collections of Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coins.