Dr Debra Strickland
- Senior Lecturer in History of Art (History of Art)
My office is located in 11 Southpark Terrace, Room 202 (E11 on the campus map).
Office Hour: Thursday 11-12noon
Medieval and northern Renaissance art, especially in illuminated manuscripts and early printed books; monsters, bestiaries, and the painting of Hieronymus Bosch.
I am concerned primarily with the foundational presence of non-humans and non-Christians in medieval and early modern visual cultures, with special methodological interests in monster theory and text-image analysis. I welcome PhD thesis topics on any of my research areas, especially those focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, broadsides and early modern painting.
- MA, MPhil, PhD (History of Art), Columbia University
- MA (Anthropology), Columbia University
- BM (Music), University of Colorado, Boulder
- Faculty of Arts Strategic Allocation Research Grant, University of Glasgow, 2008
- Travel Grant, British Academy (2008, 2006)
- Travel Grant, College Art Association, 2006
- 2006 Domestic Lecturer, International Center of Medieval Art
- Honorary Research Fellow, Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2004-06.
- Honorary Fellow, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh, 2001-08.
- Visiting Fellow, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Princeton University, 2001-02.
- Research Grant, British Academy, 2000.
- U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1999.
- Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 1998-99.
- University of Oklahoma Research Council Grant, 1997.
- Newberry-British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain, 1997.
- Research Development Grant, University of Oklahoma, 1997.
- Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 1997.
- Visiting Research Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, 1997.
- University of Oklahoma Arts and Sciences Faculty Enrichment Grant, 1997.
- University of Oklahoma Research Council Grant, 1996.
- President’s Fellow, Columbia University: 1992, 1989-90, 1988-89.
- Whiting Fellow, 1991-92.
- Jerry Stannard Memorial Award, University of Kansas, 1991.
I welcome PhD applications from students on topics related to any of my research areas.
Current and recent research students:
- Zoe Boden: 'Performance, Procession and Display in the Medieval Church 1200-1500', AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) PhD. See Opus anglicanum.
- Jennifer Scammell: 'Images of the Virgin Mary in 14th and 15thc. Vernacular Art and Literature and Their Popular Reception in England' (PhD awarded 2010)
- Federica Giacobbe: 'Painting in Sabina and South Umbria during the 11th and 12th Centuries: An Independent Stylistic Trend?'
- Monika Winiarcyzk:' Blind, Weak, Sick and Impotent: Synagoga and the Relationship between Medieval Notions of the Female and Jewish Body'
- Rosalyn Saunders: 'Old English Monsters, Gender and Becoming Undone'
- Sara Oberg Stradal: 'The Body in Late Medieval English Medical Manuscripts'
- Sophie Conaghan-Sexon: ‘Queering Christ’s Wounds in Late Medieval Texts, Images, and Performances and in Western Modernity’ (2015-)
- History of Art Level 1
- History of Art Level 2
- Antichrist, Apocalypse, and the End of Time in Medieval Art (Junior Honours)
- Monsters, Women, and Jews: Medieval Art and Identity (Senior Honours)
- Defining the Renaissance: Objects,Theories, Categories (MLitt)
- Death and the Art of Dying in the Renaissance North (MLitt)
- Reading the Past: From Script to Print (Honours, English Language)
- Approaches to Medieval Studies (MLitt, English Language)
- Deputy Director, Institute of Art History
- Research Convenor, History of Art
- Core Member, Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures
- External examiner, University of Edinburgh
- Editorial Board member, Different Visions: A Journal of New Approaches to Medieval Art
- Editorial Board member, Ikon
- Coordinator of ‘ICMA in Scotland’ initiative, International Center of Medieval Art (New York)
- Core member, Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text – Image Cultures
- Executive Board, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow
- Extern examiner (History), University College Cork
- Editorial Board, Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art
- Editorial Board, Renaissance Studies
- Member, International Center of Medieval Art (New York)
- Member, College Art Association of America
- Member, Medieval Academy of America
- Member, Jewish Historical Society of England
The Epiphany of Hieronymus Bosch: Antichrist and Others from the Middle Ages to the Reformation (London: Harvey Miller, in press)
‘Animal Iconography in Medieval Art’, in The Ashgate Companion to Medieval Iconography, ed. Colum Hourihane (Aldershot: Ashgate, under contract)
A Companion to Bestiaries in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ed. Debra Higgs Strickland (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2018)
Earlier booksPublished under the name, Debra Hassig
Medieval Bestiaries: Text, Image, Ideology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)
The Mark of the Beast: The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature, ed. Debra Hassig (New York: Garland, 1999; paperback ed.: New York, Routledge, 2000)
‘He Will Make Alive Your Mortal Bodies: Cluniac Spirituality and the Tomb of Alfonso Ansúrez’, Gesta 30 (1991): 140-53.
‘Beauty in the Beasts: A Study of Medieval Aesthetics’, Res 19/20 (1990/1991): 137-61.
‘Transplanted Medicine: Colonial Mexican Herbals of the Sixteenth Century’, Res 17/18 (1989): 30-53. (winner of the 1989 Jerry Stannard Memorial Award for best article on materia medica)
Earlier book sections
‘Sex in the Bestiaries’, in The Mark of the Beast: The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature, ed. Debra Hassig [Debra Higgs Strickland] (New York: Garland, 1999; paperback Routledge, 2000), pp. 71-93.
‘Marginal Bestiaries’, in Animals and the Symbolic, ed. L.A.J.R. Houwen (Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1997), pp.171-88.
Opus Anglicanum project:
Different Visions: A Journal of New Approaches to Medieval Art: http://differentvisions.org/
Recent Invited Presentations
‘The Places of the Jews on the Hereford Map’, international workshop on ‘Maps and Travel::Knowledge, Imagination, and Visual Culture’, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, 2 June 2015.
‘Time and Painting in the Middle Ages’, session organizer and chair, sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art for the College Art Association conference, Chicago, 13 February 2014.
‘Gazing into Bernhard Blumenkranz’s Mirror of Christian Art: Post-Expulsion Representations of Jews and the Jewishness of Jesus Christ’, international conference on ‘Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe: The Historiographical Legacy of Bernhard Blumenkranz’, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 24 October 2013.
‘Imagining Race in Medieval Art: Ethiopians, Jews, and Visual Ambiguity’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 10 July 2012.
With Melvyn Bragg, Frances, Wood and Joan Pau Rubiés, ‘Marco Polo and His Book’, In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, BBC Radio 4, live broadcast 24 May 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hxpxh
‘Ethiopians and Ambiguity in Late Medieval Art’, The Second Lois Drewer Memorial Lecture, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University (scheduled 7 May 2012)
‘The Prophet Muhammad in Late Medieval Christian Manuscripts’, History of the Book Seminar Series, Newberry Library, Chicago (scheduled 3 May 2012)
‘“Ethiopians” and the Problem of “Race” in Medieval Art and Thought’, Edinburgh Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Edinburgh, 13 March 2012
‘From Goats to Griffins: Medieval Bestiaries and Artistic Visions of Nature’, gallery talk, Glasgow Sculpture Space, Glasgow, 23 February 2012
‘Multiculturalism or Anti-Culturalism?: The Case of “Ethiopians” in Late Medieval Art’, keynote address for Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages (IMAGO) conference on ‘Boundaries and Multi-Culturalism in the Middle Ages, Tel Aviv University, 31 May 2011.
‘From the Wonders of the East to the Black Magus: Ethiopians and Race’, Medieval Seminar, University of Warwick, 4 May 2011.
‘Monstrosity, Humanity, and the Case of the Prophet Muhammad in Late Medieval Art’, Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (CLAMS) Seminar, King’s College London, 14 October 2010.
‘The Exotic in the Middle Ages: The Case of “Ethiopians”’, international symposium on ‘Appropriating the Exotic: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives’, Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, University of East Anglia, 9 October 2010.
‘The Problem of the Prophet in Later Medieval Art’, Edinburgh Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 16 March 2010.
‘Meanings of Muhammad in Later Medieval Art’, international conference on ‘Crossing Boundaries, Creating Images: In Search of the Prophet Muhammad in Literary and Visual Traditions’, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, 17 July 2009.
‘The Monstrosity of Otherness in Herzog Ernst’, Forty-Third Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 10 May 2008.
‘Antichrist, Jews, and Intervisuality in Late Medieval Art and Protestant Propaganda’, History of Art Research Seminar, University of Glasgow, 16 January 2008.
‘Christus contrarius: Antichrist, the Pope, and the Jews’, international conference on ‘Art as Historical Text’, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, 16 May 2007.
‘The Jewish Antichrist and Hieronymus Bosch’, Medieval History Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, 8 March 2007.
‘Liturgy and Subversion in the Prado Epiphany by Hieronymus Bosch’, international conference on ‘Art and Liturgy in the Middle Ages’, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, 12 June 2006.
‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Exotic East in the Middle Ages’, keynote address, Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Postgraduate Symposium, University of Glasgow, 2 June 2006.
‘The Holy and the Unholy: Analogies for the Numinous in Later Medieval Art’, Sessions in Honor of Madeline Caviness, Fortieth Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 5 May 2006.
‘Exotics in the Middle Ages: Friends or Foes?’, keynote address for international conference on ‘Friends, Foes, and Lovers’, Twenty-Seventh Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, 28 April 2006.
‘Saracens in Later Medieval Art and Thought’, History of Art Seminar, Dartmouth College, 25 April 2006.