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School of Art professor Corine Schleif was invited to give an introductory lecture at the conference on Birgittine liturgy held at the historic women's monastery in Vadstena, Sweden, in the fall of 2014. Her lecture, entitled "The Politics of the Senses: Visual Aspects of Liturgy in Vadstena and Other Birgittine Monasteries," pointed to her new research, which explores the sensual world of late-medieval nuns.
Project Date: Fall 2014
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU School of Art.
She was invited to Poznan, Poland to give two guest lectures in May 2011. For the first lecture, she and her research partner, Volker Schier, talked to faculty and students at the Adam Mickiewicz University on the topic, “The Holy and the Unholy Lance.” They are currently conducting research for a book on the history of the lance that is believed to have pierced the side of Christ. An early copy is housed in Cracow, Poland. The second lecture centered around their pilot project, “The Geese Book: Opening a Multimedia Work from the Sixteenth Century for Audiences of Today.” After the talk a discussion ensued about the merits of various kinds of electronic projects in academe. Later this year Schleif and Schier plan to launch the full facsimile of the liturgical manuscript known as the Geese Book together with recorded music and commentary.
Project Date: May 2011
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU School of Art.
She received a fellowship from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. This famous library, which was founded in the 16th century, is known both for medieval manuscripts and rare editions of printed books from the early modern period. Schleif is conducting research for a book with the prospective title The (Un)Holy Lance: Metaphors of Sex and Violence from the Fourteenth Century to the Present. The Holy Lance, which today is in Vienna, was purportedly used to pierce the side of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. It often was associated with the imperial regalia of the Holy Roman Emperors and employed for political legitimation. Schleif has appeared in several television documentaries about the Holy Lance.
Project Date: Fall 2010
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU School of Art. During March 2010, “Pleasure and Danger in Perception: The Senses in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,” edited by Schleif and Richard Newhauser, ASU professor of English, appeared as a special issue of the journal The Senses & Society. The publication presents expanded versions of papers presented at a symposium sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, School of Art, and English department. ASU faculty members Mark Cruse, Cora Fox, David Hawkes, Ian Moulton, Catherine Saucier, Volker Schier, Robert Sturges, and Juliann Vitullo contributed essays. Using literature, music and art, the participants explored the historical perception of perception, questioned the assumed privileged place of visual culture and pointed to examples of "intersensoriality" and synaesthesia – the crossing, or overlapping of sensory signals.
Project Date: March 2010
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art. Schleif and German musicologist Volker Schier became acquainted after he discovered a tattered folder of forgotten letters tucked away in a Nuremberg archives in 1998, which included numerous references to stained glass windows. Supported by a major grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, and following several years of collaborative study, Schier and Schleif have brought to light the personality of the remarkable Katerina Lemmel, author of the 500-year-old letters.
The collaborators’ labor has resulted in the 624-page volume, Katerina’s Windows: Donation and Devotion, Art and Music, as Heard and Seen through the Writings of a Birgittine Nun. The book provides glimpses into urban and monastic material cultures, views of one woman's struggles on behalf of other women, and a close-up look at the interconnected workings of art, music, liturgy and literature.
Katerina’s Windows was published by Pennsylvania State University Press with the aid of prestigious grants including the Millard Meiss awarded by the College Art Association of America and the Otto Kinkeldey of the American Musicological Society.
Project Date: 2009
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art. She joined a panel of experts who presented discoveries on the Ehenheim Epitaph in Nuremberg, Germany. Conservators Anja Maisel and Ingo Trüper recently documented and cleaned this famous 15th-century painting, which can be viewed in its original splendor. Volker Schier probed beneath the surface with infrared reflectograms to reveal that a less-exposed Christ originally was planned. Using images and texts from the Middle Ages, Schleif showed that this figure is unusual since representations of male nudity, especially pictures of the naked Christ, were avoided. Then, as now, exposing the male body was considered far more problematic than displaying the female body. All panelists stressed the importance of combining knowledge gained through technical and material examination with insights from historical and theoretical analysis.
Read an ASU News feature about Schleif’s Medieval art online journal
Corine Schleif’s bio
Project Date: May 13, 2009
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Art. She and Richard Newhauser, ASU professor of English, organized the "Pleasure and Danger, The Five Senses in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" symposium, Jan. 23-24. They invited Elizabeth Harvey, University of Toronto, and David Howes, director of the Concordia Sensoria research team in Montreal, who delivered keynote lectures.
Using literature, music and art, the participants explored the historical perception of perception, questioned the assumed privileged place of visual culture and pointed to examples of "intersensoriality," - and synaesthesia (the crossing or overlapping of sensory signals). Howes showed the historical and cultural limits of the five-sense paradigm, currently held in Western society. Harvey, using examples from literature and art, theorized the much neglected sense of touch, which incorporates many organs and involves reciprocity.
Schleif feels that the project - sponsored by a seed grant from the Institute for Humanities Research with additional support from the Herberger College School of Art and the English Department at ASU - demonstrates that interdisciplinary collaboration can yield more than the sum of its parts. A future publication is being planned.
Project Date: January 2009
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Art. Recently she published the collection of essays, Triangulating Our Vision. Dedicated to Madeline H. Caviness's triangulatory approach to medieval art, the volume aims to rekindle discussions about methodology and the use of critical theory together with considerations of historical context. The publication is presented as the special inaugural issue of the new open-access electronic journal Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives On Medieval Art. The title of SchleifÂ’s essay is: "Introduction or Conclusion: Are We Still Being Historical? Exposing the Ehenheim Epitaph Using History and Theory."
Triangulating Our Vision contains expanded versions of Caviness's plenary address, "From the Self-Invention of the White Man in the Thirteenth Century to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and papers from five sessions sponsored by the International Center for Medieval Art at the 2006 Medieval Studies Congress.
In addition to Caviness, articles were authored by Kathleen Biddick, Charles Nelson, Linda Seidel, Martha Easton, Anne Harris, Rachel Dressler, Sarah Bromberg, and Karl Whittington. The approaches include postcolonial theory, queer theory, feminist theory and gender theory as well as discussions of the new formalism, abjection processes, Martin Heidegger's analysis of Dinglichkeit, and issues of animals in society. The works analyzed include the Sachsenspiegel, the Rothschild Canticles, stained glass windows at Chartres cathedral, Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece and much more.
Project Date: Fall 2008
Corine Schleif is an art history professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Art. She presented one of two keynote addresses at the Societas Birgitta Europa (SBE) annual conference, which was held in July, 2008 at the Birgittine monastery of Altomnster, near Munich, Germany. Delegates from Europe and North America attended. This influential international society promotes the legacy of Saint Birgitta of Sweden by applying her ideas to European ideals of the 21st century.
Furthering peace and international cooperation based on critical traditions, the SBE works together with regional and national, cultural and political organizations of the European Union and the UN. Schleif presented evidence from Birgittine letters demonstrating how communication and memory crossed boundaries of gender, class, and calling. In the other keynote, her research partner Volker Schier discussed Birgittine chant in the multisensory context. Both were featured in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Project Date: July 2008