CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures
|Geographical scope||Global perspective: within and beyond western Europe into Latin America, Africa, Byzantium, and the Middle East|
|Chronological scope||ca. 235 – ca. 1500: Late Antiquity to the central and later Middle Ages|
|Keywords||Visual cultures, material culture, global medieval studies, art history|
Jitske Jasperse is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Instituto de Historia at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid. Driven by the question why and how people engage with artefacts, both precious and mundane, she has a particular interest in the relationship between material culture, women, and gender. She was member of the Leeds Program Committee for the Medieval Academy of America (2018-2022), associate board member of the International Center of Medieval Art (2019-2023), an Treasurer of CARMEN. The Worldwide Medieval Network (2015-2018).
Elizabeth WilliamsElizabeth Dospel Williams (Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2015) is Associate Curator responsible for the care of the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. She was previously a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the George Washington University and curatorial assistant in the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her exhibitions and publications address late antique aesthetics, furnishings, dress practice, and sensory experience. She has also published on the history of collecting and art market issues, with a particular interest in the provenance histories of archaeological material from the late nineteenth century through the Second World War.She was on the board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (2015-2019), where she served also as Treasurer (2017-2019).
Karen Dempsey’s work blends the theoretical perspectives of prehistoric, historic and anthropological archaeology as well as material culture and heritage studies. She is a medieval archaeologist who specialises in studies of castles. Currently, she is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at Cardiff University. In particular, she is interested in exploring everyday life from a gendered perspective. Her work emphasises the importance of an holistic approach that combines people, places, thing- and increasingly plants – to inform us of past (and present) social practices. Further information here.
Gisela Coronado Schwindt
Gisela Coronado Schwindt holds a PhD in History. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET). She currently teaches the subject Medieval General Universal History in the Department of History at Faculty of Humanities of the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina (UNMdP). She is also a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for European Studies, of the scientific journal Cuadernos Medievales (UNMdP), as well as secretary of the Foundation for the History of Spain (Argentina). She participates in international research projects. Her publications and participation in academic meetings focus on issues related to the history of the senses and sound studies in the late medieval and early modern Hispanic environment. Further information here.
- Rainer Azbach, Associate Professor, Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University
- Katherine French, Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, University of Michigan
- Petra Sijpesteijn, Professor of Arabic, Leiden University
- Daniel Lord Smail, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History, Harvard University