Department of Art History and Art

Department of Art History and Art    Elina Gertsman

Elina Gertsman
Assistant Professor of Medieval Art

Ph.D. Boston University, 2004

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Prof. Gertsman specializes in Gothic and late medieval art. Her research interests include issues of memory and perception; uncanny animation of inanimate objects; medieval image theory; performance/performativity; multi-sensory reception processes; late medieval macabre; materiality and somaticism; and medieval concepts of emotion and affectivity.

Prof. Gertsman is the author of The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (2010), the editor of Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (2008) and Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History (2011), and co-editor of Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (2012). Her articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed collections and journals such as Gesta, Studies in Iconography, Art History, Religion and the Arts, and Mediaevalia. A recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including awards from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Kress Foundation, Prof. Gertsman currently serves on the board of directors of the International Center for Medieval Art, and chairs the ICMA's Lectures and Programs Committee. Her new book project on the late medieval Shrine Madonna imagery, tentatively titled Fragments, Ruptures, Imprints, Play, is under contract with Penn State Press.

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