CHARLES BARBER is Professor in the Department of Art and Archeology at Princeton University. His area of specialization is the history of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art, with a particular focus on the history and theory of the icon. He has also worked extensively on Byzantine aesthetics and intellectual history and with Byzantine manuscripts. He has written and edited a number of books, including Figure and Likeness: On the Limits of Representation in Byzantine Iconoclasm (2002), Reading Michael Psellos (2006), Contesting the Logic of Painting: Art and Understanding in Eleventh-Century Byzantium (2007), Medieval Greek Commentaries on the Nicomachean Ethics (2009), and Michael Psellos on Literature and Art: A Byzantine Perspective on Aesthetics (2017).
ROLAND BETANCOURT is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. In the 2016-2017 academic year, he was the Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His first monograph Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium (2018) proposes a new understanding of theories of vision in the ancient Greek and Byzantine worlds by distancing sight from touch and placing a central focus on the workings of the imagination. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on the intersectionality of race, sexuality, and gender identity in the medieval world. His ongoing research considers matters of time and temporality in Byzantine philosophy and theology as well as the interaction between manuscript illumination, chant, and liturgy.
ANNEMARIE WEYL CARR is Professor Emerita of Art History at Southern Methodist University. Her scholarly work has focused on the history of the icon, questions of cultural interchange in the eastern Mediterranean Levant in the era of the Crusades, above all on the island of Cyprus, and on women artists in the Middle Ages. Among her many publications are Byzantine Illumination, 1150-1250: The Study of a Provincial Tradition (1987), A Masterpiece of Byzantine Art Recovered: The Thirteenth-Century Murals of Lysi, Cyprus (1991), and Cyprus and the Devotional Arts of Byzantium in the Era of the Crusades (2005), and Asinou across Time: Studies in the Architecture and Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus (2013), and Famagusta: Art and Architecture (2014). She has been the editor of the journal Gesta, the President of the International Center of Medieval Art, and a long-standing trustee of the Cyrpus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has received many teaching awards from SMU and in 2006 received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching from the College Art Association of America.
BÉATRICE CASEAU is Professor of Byzantine History, Paris-Sorbonne University. She is the director of the research cluster LABEX RESMED (Religions and society in the Mediterranean world). Her research interests concentrate on Late Antique and Byzantine Christianity. She has written on the history of incense, the cultural history of the senses, especially on smell, taste and touch, on the history of Christian liturgies, and particularly on eucharistic practices, on religious violence and destruction of statuary, and on the history of childhood and family networks. Her most recent book is on Byzantine food culture (2015). She prepares a book of collected essays on the senses in religious cultures of Antiquity and the Middle ages, and another one on food taboos in Antiquity and the Middle ages.
ANTHONY CUTLER is Evan Pugh University Professor in Art History at Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches courses in Late Antique, Early Christian, and Byzantine art. He also teaches graduate courses on theory, iconology, and methods of research. The author of numerous books and articles, he has established himself as an international expert on ivory carving with such works as The Hand of the Master: Craftsmanship, Ivory, and Society in Byzantium (1994). His most recent book is Byzantium, Italy and the North: Papers on Cultural Relations (2000). He is currently working on his book, The Empire of Things: Gifts and Gift Exchange Between Byzantium, the Islamic World, and Beyond.
HOLGER A. KLEIN is Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. His research focuses on Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine art and architecture, more specifically, on the cult of relics, reliquaries, and issues of cultural and artistic exchange. From 2004–07 he held an appointment as the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued to oversee the reinstallation of the museum's renowned collection of Medieval and Byzantine art until 2010. He has authored and edited several books, including Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures (2008), Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe (2010), Kariye Camii, Yeniden (The Kariye Camii Reconsidered) (2011), Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond (2015), and La stauroteca di Bessarione fra Costantinopoli e Venezia (2017).
SEAN LEATHERBURY is Assistant Professor of Art History at Bowling Green State University and Research Associate of the project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage, based at the University of Oxford and funded by the European Research Council. His research focuses on late antique art, particularly on mosaics in the eastern Mediterranean, word-image relations, the "minor arts" (glass, silver), and the material culture of votive dedication. His work has been supported by fellowships at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Getty Villa, and has been published in Gesta, Word & Image, and a number of edited volumes, including The Frame in Classical Art: A Cultural History (2017). His first book, Inscribing Faith in Late Antiquity: Between Reading and Seeing, will be published by Routledge next year.
VASILEIOS MARINIS is Associate Professor of Christian Art and Architecture, Yale University and Divinity School. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Outstanding Scholarship at Yale, a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the S.C. and P.C. Coleman Senior Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2015–2017 he was a Humboldt fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He has published on a variety of topics ranging from early Christian tunics decorated with New Testament scenes to medieval tombs, graffiti, and Byzantine transvestite nuns. He has published books on the interchange of architecture and ritual in the medieval churches of Constantinople and death and the afterlife in Byzantium.
LAURA VENESKEY is Assistant Professor of Ancient, Medieval, and Byzantine Art in the Department of Art at Wake Forest College. Her research explores the visual culture of the eastern Mediterranean, with special focus on issues of materiality, image theory, pilgrimage, and the cult of relics. She is currently preparing a book manuscript investigating matter-image relationships in the visual culture of late antiquity and early Byzantium.
GARY VIKAN was director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013; from 1985 to 1994, he was the museum’s chief curator and curator of medieval art. Previously, Vikan was senior associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. An internationally known medieval scholar, Vikan curated a number of critically-acclaimed exhibitions at the Walters, on topics ranging from Byzantine icons to neuro-aesthetics. Vikan stepped down from the Walters directorship to write, lecture, and teach; and to provide consulting services as Vikan Consulting LLC to cultural non-profits, collectors. His recent books include Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art (2010); Postcards from the Walters (2012); From the Holy Land to Graceland (2012); and Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director (2016). He has just completed The Shroud of Turin: Mystery Solved (2018), and is working on the second volume of his memoirs, Pictures Left Behind: Growing Up Minnesota.
ALICIA WALKER is Associate Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at Bryn Mawr College. Her primary fields of research include cross-cultural artistic interaction in the medieval world from the ninth to thirteenth centuries and gender issues in the art and material culture of Byzantium. Her first monograph, The Emperor and the World: Exotic Elements and the Imaging of Byzantine Imperial Power, was published in 2012. In addition, she is co-editor of the essay collection Negotiating the Secular in Medieval Art: Christian, Islamic, Buddhist (2009), and the special issue of the journal Medieval Encounters, entitled Mechanisms of Exchange: Transmission, Scale, and Interaction in the Arts and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean (2012). Her work also has appeared in scholarly journals including Muqarnas, Gesta, Ars Orientalis, The Art Bulletin, The Medieval History Journal, Studies in Iconography, The Medieval Globe, and Travaux et Mémoires.
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