Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov have edited a volume of essays titled 'Postcolonising the Medieval Images' probing how postcolonial historical and literary theories can open up new perspectives.
The eleven essays in this volume were brought together by an international group of scholars who participated in the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) network of the same name (the archived website can be seen here). The volume was published by Routledge earlier this year and can be viewed on the publisher's website here.
These essays examine how postcolonial theories can result in new perspectives on medieval European art and cultural relations between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ultimately these essays show how current concepts in postcolonial studies - including displacement, hybridity, and accented art making - can reinvigorate the study of art and visuality. Topics explored include multilingualism and materiality in Anglo-Saxon culture and cultural negotiation by Jewish minorities in Central Europe and the Iberian peninsula.
Eva Frojmovic is a lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, and Catherine Karkov is the Chair of Art History in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.