MemberElisa Roßberger

Annotated Corpus of Ancient West Asian Imagery: Cylinder Seals (ACAWAI-CS), 2020-2023
Anthropological Perspectives on Early Babylonian Imagery in Clay (c. 2100-1700 BCE), Habilitationsschrift (in preparation)

I am a Near Eastern archaeologist with a passion for image- and text-bearing artefacts, preferrably from third or second millennium BCE Babylonia (southern Iraq) or Syria, and made of stone or clay. More generally, I am interested in everything multimodal and Digital Humanities related especially with an image/art-historical twist.

MemberMatthew R. Hotham

Dr. Matthew R. Hotham [Hoe-Thumb] teaches Islam (RELS 275), The Qur‘an (RELS 208), introductory Religious Studies and Core Curriculum classes, as well as advanced seminars on Animals and Religion, Religion, Colonialism and Modernity, and Islamic Mysticism at Ball State University. His research and teaching focus on embodied, affective, and material approaches to the study of religion. His classes incorporate role-playing, case studies, music, scents, religious objects, and visits to the David Owsley Art Museum to encourage students to think about religions as lived and living traditions that invite a diversity of embodied human engagements and responses. His research has two theoretically related but historically distant prongs. First, his in-progress book manuscript, Introductory Matters: Maligned Manuscripts, Ascended Bodies, and Contested Definitions of Sufism, highlights the complexity and diversity of the Islamic tradition through the study of an important but under-researched medieval Persian text, Nizami Ganjavi’s Treasury of Mysteries. The second prong of his research examines Euro-American constructions of the Muslim as an “other” to be feared, focusing on how a diverse array of contemporary literatures, from television shows to internet memes, use animals and animal imagery to construct the Muslim body as different and dangerous. In both projects, his work focuses on the body and bodily comportment, examining how what a person eats, drinks, smells, sees, and touches is used to mark the boundaries of religious identity. Hotham’s research and teaching have taken him around the world, including summers in India, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Syria, and Turkey. He is the advisor to Religion Conversation Hour, a student-run organization that meets weekly to explore themes central to the study of religion and topics from a variety of religious traditions. He is also chair of the Midwest Region American Academy of Religion section on Literature and Sacred Texts in the Study of Religion.

MemberKate Hanch

…eligion meeting, Campbell University, First Baptist Church Raleigh, May 2019.
●       “Ordinary Sacramentality: Contextualizing Imagery in Conveying Salvation in English Mystics Julian of Norwich and Anne Dutton,” Mystical Theology Conference, Boston College, Februa…
…Peer Reviewed Publications
“Ordinary Sacramentality: Contextualizing Imagery in Conveying Salvation” (tentative title) in Philip Thompson and Anthony Cross (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism. (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming.)
“Zilpha Elaw’s Foolish Ministry.” (tent…

MemberLorraine de la Verpillière

…issertation: ‘Frontispices de Pierre Paul Rubens et imagerie jésuite (1609-1640)’ (Title-Pages by Peter Paul Rubens and Jesuit Imagery, 1609-1640)

– 2013-2014: Master 2 Recherche, Histoire de l’art, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master 2 Rech…

Lorraine de la Verpillière is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded project “Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science”.
Before coming to CRASSH, Lorraine completed a PhD at the History of Art department in Cambridge, funded by the AHRC, the Cambridge Trust, and Pembroke College’s Lander Studentship in History of Art. Her thesis, entitled ‘Visceral Creativity: Digestion, Earthly Melancholy, and Materiality in the Graphic Arts of Early Modern France and the German-Speaking Lands (c. 1530-1675)’, examines how early modern artists depicted the ‘physiology of creation’, focusing on the lower process of digestion as a natural model of artistic creativity.
Prior to her PhD, Lorraine received a BA and MA in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she researched and published on the artistic patronage of Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558) between Italy and England. Lorraine has a long-standing interest in science as, prior to starting her BA in History of Art, she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in a French classe préparatoire. Recently, she also took part in the Middle French Paleography Workshop organised by The Making and Knowing Project (led by Prof. Pamela Smith) at the University of Columbia in New York, where she received intensive training in Middle French manuscript reading and helped to the translation and digital encoding of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 – a sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes written by an anonymous French craftsperson. With her colleague, Lizzie Marx, Lorraine co-coordinated the Cambridge History of Art Graduate Research Seminar, Lent term 2018 on the topic of “Art and the Senses.”

MemberBill Endres

…eter Goggin and Maureen Daly Goggin. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2018, pp. 221-36.

“Oh Lord, make haste to help me: Prayer and Imagery Atop Canon Table II in the Book of Kells” in An Insular Odyssey: Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond, edited …

Bill Endres is a digital humanists whose scholarship intersects the digital humanities, manuscript studies, and rhetoric. Using advanced imaging techniques, he has digitized the 8th-century St Chad Gospels, doing groundbreaking work to present the results on the Web through interactive 3D renderings, an altered viewer for spectral enhanced RTI viewing of dry-point writing, and a viewer for stacked and comparable multi-spectral and digitized historical photographs. His extensive work on historical photographs to assess  aging and trends in the St Chad Gospels guides the manuscript’s care and handling.

MemberCharles Rosenberg

…seum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 28 October 2017.

“The Embodiment of Power in Italian Renaissance Numismatic Imagery,” Head and Body: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th and 18th Centuries, Munich, 1-2 December 2017.

… Le Muse e il Principe.  Arte di corte nel Rinascimento padano.  Modena: Cosimo Panini, 1991, pp. 39-52.

“Borsian and Ferrarese Imagery in the Heavenly Zone in the Sala dei Mesi,” Schifanoia 5 (1989): 43-49. (also published as “Immagini di Borso e aspetti …

Maintains an art history career website, “Career Alternative for Art Historians.”

MemberJason Staples

…f People, Exile, and Israelite Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

“Vessels of Wrath and God’s Pathos: Potter/Clay Imagery in Rom 9:19–23,” Harvard Theological Review (forthcoming, 2021)
“‘Rise, Kill, and Eat’: Gentiles as Animals in Early Jewi…

Primary research focuses on Early Judaism and the origins of Christianity, engaging with ancient conceptions of ethnicity in antiquity and applying modern theoretical and social-scientific approaches in the context of historical-critical studies of religious traditions and communities.

MemberFlavio Gregori

…Selected chapters and articles

“Like a Jerkin, and a Jerkin’s Lining”: Body, Mind, Sartorial Metaphors, and Sexual Imagery in Sterne’s “Tristram Shandy”. ACME 70 (2017). 27-35 (ISSN 2282-0035)
Homunculus ab ovo: beginning as continuity and dis…

I am professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) where I was Provost (Vice-rector) for the University cultural activities and relations, Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Head of a BA programme in Modern Languages and Cultures, and of a Master programme in European, American and Postcolonial Literatures, and Rector’s Deputy for Cultural and Literary Activities. My prevalent area of research is the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, but I’m also interested in contemporary literature, comparative literature and reception studies, and the interaction between literature and cinema. I direct a journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, and a series, “Collana di Letterature Moderne”, both produced at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. I direct the literary festival Incroci di Civiltà – Crossings of Civilizations, held yearly in Venice, for which I interviewed several writers, including Jeanette Winterson, V.S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, David Grossman, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Coe.