Susannah D. Fisher
Susannah D. Fisher will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from September 2013 through March 2014. Fisher was previously an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College and a Part-Time Lecturer in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Fisher’s recent publications include “A Touching Image: Andrea Mantegna’s Engraving of the Virgin and Child,” Rutgers Art Review 29 (2013); “Formulating Viewer Response: Early Medieval Treasury Bindings,” in Elise Louviot, ed., La Formule au Moyen Âge (ARTeM 15; Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), pp. 295-313; and “’The Tabernacle of the Most High’: The Santa Maria Maggiore Madonna,” Arte Medievale 7:2 (2007): 75-85. While in residence at the BGC, Fisher will work on a book-length project entitled The Word Made Gold: The Imagery, Materiality, and Reception of Medieval Treasury Bindings (800-1200). This project, informed by art historical reception theory, liturgical studies, and findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, will examine treasury bindings, glittering with gold and gems, as tangible boundaries between viewers and scripture in liturgical rituals throughout the medieval West. Fisher’s cross-disciplinary exploration of the reception of manuscript covers will provide a new model for working with visually stunning and culturally resonant liturgical objects.
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