Research team

Prof. Ivan Foletti

Centre for Early Medieval Studies MU

Ivan Foletti is professor of art history, founder and director of the Centre for Early Medieval Studies at Masaryk University, editor-in-chief of the international journal Convivium, and director of the Hans Belting Library. He specializes in the history of art history and visual studies, specifically in the artistic historiography of Byzantium, Milan, Rome, and Constantinople in the late-antique and early medieval periods. His research focuses on the role of material, visual, and ritual cultures in the shaping of common European heritage, as well as the phenomenon of migration and pilgrimage as driving forces of the Mediterranean cultural dynamics.

Dr. Philippe Cordez

Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris – Max Weber Stiftung

Philippe Cordez is Deputy Director of the German Center for Art History in Paris. His research focus is on medieval studies and object studies in art history. His monograph on medieval church objects (published in German, French, and English in 2015, 2016, and 2020, respectively) examines notions of treasure, memory, and nature. His recent work includes books on the 12th-century crown of Hildegard of Bingen, the art of commodities in medieval and Renaissance Venice, and the art of book-shaped objects from the Middle Ages until today. He is also editor of the book series Object Studies in Art History.

Prof. Tanja Michalsky

Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Tanja Michalsky is professor of art history and director at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome. Her research addresses questions concerning historical concepts of space and their transformation in pre-modern times, with focus on Southern Italy, in particular Naples and the Mediterranean region. Her research department “Cities and Spaces in Premodernity” promotes innovative epistemological approaches to various media, such as texts, images, maps, and films, as producers of space.

Prof. Cécile Voyer

Université de Poitiers – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Cécile Voyer is professor of medieval art history at the University of Poitiers and a member of the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civililisation médiévale (CESCM-UMR 7302). Her research interests are related to 10th–12th century monumental painting, hagiographical images, and notions of the sacred space within the world of medieval Christianity. She also deals with the visual culture of religious orders (manuscripts, monuments, and its ornaments). To examine medieval visuality, she applies high-tech experimental methods, for example for the investigation of the church of Saint-Hilaire of Poitiers.

Anne Pinson

Association pour le Développement Economique et Culturel de Conques

Anne Pinson is director of the European Centre of Conques, established in 1993 to restore and develop the artistic tradition of this historic site. Her activities are fully devoted to the enhancement of the medieval cultural heritage of Conques by organising festivals, exhibitions, live performances, and other types of contemporary artistic production.

Cecilia Palombelli

Viella Libreria Editrice

Cecilia Palombelli is editor-in-chief of an international publishing house, the production of which covers a chronological span from Late Antiquity to the early modern age and includes, but is not limited to, scholarly works from archaeology, history, art history, philosophy, and philology. Since its establishment in 1978, Viella has earned esteem and popularity among researchers across Europe and beyond.

Prof. Cynthia Hahn

The City University of New York

Cynthia Hahn is professor of medieval art at the Graduate Center and Hunter College CUNY. Her work focuses on issues of production and meaning for both medieval and contemporary makers and audiences, with special attention to issues such as visuality and materiality. She has published on material from the early Christian period to the Gothic, from across Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean. She is best known for her work on reliquaries which began with the article: “The Voices of the Saints, What Do Speaking Reliquaries Say?” Gesta, 36, 1997, and has grown into an examination of the societal, historical, and art historical issues surrounding relics and reliquaries.

Prof. Erik Thunø

Rutgers University

Erik Thunø is professor of medieval art at Rutgers University, whose research focuses on Western art from the early Christian period to the Late Middle Ages. He engages with medieval visual representation in ways that combine object-based and historical research with current approaches and theoretical frameworks. He has lavishly published on reliquaries and mosaics in Rome, medieval image theory, icons and semiotics, interactions between images and altars, the miracle-working image between the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the ‛iconicity’ of script. He also focuses on the visual cultures of Medieval Georgia.

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