The Materiality of Devotion

From Manuscript to Print

Symposium Speaker Bios

Sarah Bogue is the Head of Research and Access Services at Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. Her research centers on the hagiographic corpus of 10th century canoness Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. Her 2016 dissertation proposes these vitae served as pedagogical tools, presenting Hrotsvit’s case for the importance of education in the formation of the Christian life. The goals of this exhibition and conference align closely with Hrotsvit’s vision, which also joins Sarah’s personal research and professional life as a librarian. She is one of the co-organizers of ‘The Materiality of Devotion’ exhibition and conference.

Jenny C. Bledsoe is a PhD candidate in English at Emory University and will receive her doctoral degree in May 2019. For the 2018-2019 year, Jenny is Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow in Agnes Scott College’s Department of English. Her research and teaching focus on book history and material culture, pre-modern British literature, religion, the history of emotions, and gender studies. Jenny’s articles have appeared in Notes & Queries, New Medieval Literatures, the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Medieval Sermons Studies, and Pedagogy.

Nicole Corrigan is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Emory University, studying medieval art. She entered the program at Emory in 2014 and received her Master’s in 2017 for her thesis, “’En la forma y suerte que esta en su sanctuario’: Hybridity, Materiality, and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Extremadura,” which investigated how religious and artistic interchange between Christians and Muslims impacted the cult and display of the cult statue of Guadalupe in Spain. In 2016, she received the Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Object-centered Curatorial Research to study a medieval statue of the Virgin and Child recently acquired by the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled “The Virgin Triumphant: Marian Images and the Medieval Cult of the Saints in Toledo Cathedral,” which examines the medieval cult images of the Virgin and Child in Toledo Cathedral as a case study for the rise and development of Marian devotion in thirteenth-century Spain.

Emma de Jong received a BA in the History of Art from the University of York and an MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture from the Warburg Institute. She is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University with a focus on Renaissance prints in Northern Europe. Her PhD looks at the use of personification in prints and Rederijker zinnespelen (rhetorical morality plays) in Antwerp and Haarlem between 1550 and 1600. She is one of the co-organizers of ‘The Materiality of Devotion’ exhibition and conference.

Brittany Dolph Dinneen is Assistant Conservator of Objects at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. She has enjoyed conservation roles at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and National Museum of American History, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the National Gallery of Art. Additionally, she has done archaeological conservation work for the Theatre of Demetrias in Volos, Greece; the Methone Archaeological Project in Makrygialos, Greece; the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in Wadi Araba, Jordan; and the Naxçivan Archaeological Project in Şərur, Azerbaijan. Her research interests include the application of handheld x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy in investigations of cultural heritage materials, the characterization of accumulative surfaces on African power objects, and the use of agarose gel in conservation desalination approaches. She received her M.A. from the UCLA/Getty Program in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials in 2014, following a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University at Buffalo in 2006.

Lynley Herbert is the Associate Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. She has curated eight exhibitions at the Walters, including From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print (2014), and Waste Not! The Art of Medieval Recycling (2016), and Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book (2019). She is working on publishing her monograph on the 8th century Sainte-Croix Gospels of Poitiers, and has recently published articles on a number of manuscripts in the Walters collection, including the Carrow Psalter (W.34), the Clothilde Missal (W.934), and the Liber Amicorum of Joannes Erlenwein (W.922).

Ashley Laverock is a professor of art history at Savannah College of Art and Design. Her research focuses on the thirteenth-century visual hagiographies of St. Margaret of Antioch and their interactions with the medieval cult of saints, deriving from her 2016 dissertation entitled “The Visual Hagiographies of St. Margaret of Antioch in Thirteenth-Century Stained Glass in Europe.” Her forthcoming essay entitled “Saints’ Lives and Stained Glass” (in Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass to be published by Brill, 2019) explores how the choice of medium used to depict hagiographic subjects shapes the beholder’s understanding of sanctity and the lives of individual saints.

Kelin Michael is a Ph.D candidate in medieval art history at Emory University. She completed her masters thesis entitled “The Effect of Location on the Function of the Genealogy of Christ Stained Glass Series of Canterbury Cathedral” and received her M.A. from Emory in Summer 2017. Since then, she has completed a summer research assistantship at the Whitney Western Art Museum, resulting in the upcoming published chapter titled “Style, Composition, and Subject Matter: Joseph Henry Sharp and the Influence of European Artistic Training.” She also recently co-curated an exhibition for Emory’s Pitts Theology Library titled The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print, which opened in December 2018. Finally, she has recently begun work on her dissertation which will explore the reception of Hrabanus Maurus’s work of figured poems, In honorem sanctae crucis. She is one of the co-organizers of ‘The Materiality of Devotion’ exhibition and conference.

Azadeh Vatanpour is a doctoral student in the West and South Asian Religions program in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. She obtained an M.A. in ancient Iranian culture and languages from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran; and M.A.s in folk studies and religious studies from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. Her current research focuses on the Yārsān, a religious minority group in Iranian Kurdistan, with an emphasis on the role of sacred music, sacred food, and devotional practices in the shaping of religious identity. She also studies sacred visual and material culture and its philosophical and theological implications in Islamic Mysticism.

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