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Christina Normore

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2008, University of Chicago
Curriculum Vitae

Christina Normore researches and teaches medieval art, with an emphasis on 14th- and 15th-century northwestern Europe. While her specific topics of investigation range broadly, her work is united by a concern with how medieval art objects and practices challenge current methodologies and reshape our understanding of period and geographical divisions. Her first book, A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance and the Late Medieval Banquet (University of Chicago Press, 2015), argued that banquet organizers and participants developed sophisticated ways of appreciating artistic skill and attending to their own processes of perception, thereby forging a court culture that delighted in the exercise of fine aesthetic judgment.

At present, she is engaged in two long-term research projects. The first considers how militarism was promoted and questioned by material culture ranging from intimate mirror backs and manuscript margins to the wasting and fortification of the landscape in France, Flanders and England. Her second research project critically engages the possibilities as well as the problems posed by the rapidly expanding scholarly and institutional interest in transcultural exchanges in the Old World. She recently edited a volume showcasing current work on this topic by Byzantinists, East Asianists, Islamicists and Western medievalists (Reassessing the Global Turn in Medieval Art History (Arc Humanities Press, 2018)).

She will not be taking on any students for the academic year 2023-24.

Program Area: Early Modern and Medieval                                                                   

Regional Specialization: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe

Selected Publications

Christina Normore, A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance, and the Late Medieval Banquet (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Christina Normore, "Navigating the World of Meaning," Gesta 51.1 (2012): 19-34.

Christina Normore, "On the Archival Rhetoric of Inventories: Some Records of the Valois Burgundian Court," Journal of the History of Collections 23.2 (2011): 215-227.

Christina Normore, Re-Assessing the Global Turn in Medieval Art History (Arc Humanities, 2018).