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MA Munich, PhD Munich
Intersection between Jewish studies, art history, medieval studies, and postcolonial and feminist theories.
I studied in Freiburg (Zwischenprufung 1983), Jerusalem (exchange schholarship 1983/4) and Munich (MA 1988). After a term’s internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (1988) I returned to do a Ph.D. in Munich, and spent 1990-2 researching in Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana and Vatican Library). After gaining a Ph.D. on the cultural and visual worlds of Francesco da Barberino, I became Frances Yates Scholar at the Warburg Institute (1993-5). I have taught at the University of Leeds since 1995, helping to set up a Centre for Jewish Studies, being part of the Institute for Medieval Studies, and teaching Medieval and Renaissance art.
My interests relate principally to questioning and widening the western canon. I research medieval manuscript illumination, Jewish art, and cross-cultural encounters.
I also have an interest in Jewish museums as touchstones of cultural diversity in museology.
I continue my earlier interest in Italian art of the age of Giotto and Dante.
I have been groping my way towards various non-iconographic approaches to the study of medieval art; at present, I am exploring the uses of postcolonial theories (supported by an AHRC research network grant, “Postcolonising the Medieval Image”).
At present, I teach courses on the basics of medieval art – I am particularly interested in the relationships between cult images (icons, reliquaries…) and visual narrative. I teach various postcolonial approaches to medieval art, as part of a course called Imagining Others. I teach some more of it in final year and MA courses (Sins, Sinisters and Sciapods: The Margins of Medieval Art). I have recently started teaching Islamic art, especially with a view on the various meeting points between “East” and “West” (Levant, Sicily/Maghreb, Andalusia). I also teach a course on the darker side of the Renaissance, in which we explore the formation of ghettoes as an integral part of Renaissance urbanism.
(2003) Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other: Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Leiden: Brill.
(1997) Hebraica and Judaica from the Cecil Roth Collection. Leeds Brotherton Library.
(2013) “A Short Art History of Allosemitism: Judaism and Christian Art (review of Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism, eds Herbert L. Kessler and David Nirenberg, University of Pennsylvania Press 2011)”, H-Net Judaic.
(2007) “Giotto's Circumspection”, The Art Bulletin. 89.2: 195-210.
(1997) “The 'Perfect Scribe' and an Early Engraved Esther Scroll”, None. 23.1: 68-80.
(1996) “Giotto's Allegories of Justice and the Commune in the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua: a Reconstruction”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. LIX: 24-47.
(1996) “From Naples to Istanbul: the Woodcuts in the Earliest Illustrated Printed Haggadah.”, The Library. 18: 87-109.
(2012) “Translating Jerusalem: Jewish Authenticators of the Cross”, In: Hoffmann A; Wolf G (eds.) Jerusalem As Narrative Space / Erzahlraum Jerusalem. Visualizing the Middle Ages. Brill Academic Publishers.
(2008) “Jewish scribes and Christian illuminators – Interstitial Encounters and Cultural Negotation”, In: Kogman-Appel K; Meyer M (eds.) Between Judaism and Christianity : art historical essays in honor of Elisheva (Elisabeth) Revel-Neher. Leiden: Brill. 0-0
(2007) “Taking Little Jesus to School in two 13th Century Latin Psalters from South Germany”, In: Merback M (eds.) Beyond the Yellow Badge: New Approaches to Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture. Brill. 87-117
(2005) “Reframing Gender in Medieval Jewish Images of Circumcision”, In: Voaden R; Wolfthal D (eds.) Framing the family: narrative and representation in the medieval and early modern periods. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 221-243
(2003) “Travelling to the Circumcision: Early Modern Representations”, In: Mark EW (eds.) Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Rite. Brandeis University Press. 128-141
(2002) “Messianic politics in re-Christianized Spain: Images of the Sanctuary in Hebrew Bible manuscripts”, In: Frojmovic E (eds.) Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other: Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Brill. 91-128
(2002) “Buber in Basle, Schlosser in Sarajevo, Wischnitzer in Weimar: The Politics of Writing about Medieval Jewish Art”, In: Frojmovic E (eds.) Imagining the self, imagining the other: visual representation and Jewish-Christian dynamics in the Middle Ages and early modern period. Leiden : Brill. 1-32
(2000) “Jewish Ways of Reading the Illuminated Bible”, In: Brooke GJ (eds.) JEWISH WAYS OF READING THE BIBLE (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 11 (ISSN 00224480)). Oxford University Press, Academic Division. 230-253
Hebraica and Judaica from the Cecil Roth Collection.
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
I would be happy to supervise PhDs on any the following topics:
Jewish art, illuminated manuscripts, Medievalism and global renaissance, Postcolonial approaches to medieval art
Rachel Dickson: ‘Jacob Kramer and Michael Sadler’, submission date 2013
Rahel Kasemaa: ‘Micrographic Hebrew Bibles’, submission date 2016