We are excited to announce that Proffesor Elina Gertsman will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Collage!
Prof. Gertsman specializes in Gothic and late medieval art. Her research interests include issues of seeing, memory, and perception; uncanny animation of inanimate objects; performance/performativity; multi-sensory reception processes; late medieval macabre; materiality and somaticism; and medieval concepts of emotion and affectivity.
She 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 (forthcoming in 2012). She is currently at work on a book-length manuscript that, while focusing on late medieval Shrine Madonna sculptures, will examine the rhetoric of secrecy, the discourse of containment, and the tropes of unveiling within the context of the increasingly important roles of sight and touch in late medieval devotional art. Prof. Gertsman’s articles appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and collections. A recipient of several prestigious fellowships, she has been invited to speak at many European and American conferences and colloquia, and was a keynote speaker at the Nordic Gender Network conference held in Helsinki in June of 2011.