Jitske Jasperse

Dr. Jitske Jasperse

Antonio López García, Figuras en una casa, 1967. Museu Fundación Juan March, de Palma. Photo: Michael Pouwels.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Professur für Bildkulturen des Mittelalters

Raum 3.36
Tel.: 030.2093-66253
Fax: 030.2093-66204


At the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt-Universität I am part of “Bildkulturen des Mittelalters” led by Prof. Kathrin Müller. I teach the seminar “Gendering the Master Narrative: Patrons and Makers, Sinners and Saints in Medieval Art.” Currently, I have two book projects: Performance of Power in the Middle Ages: Matilda’s Material Culture (Arc Humanities Press) and Vrouwen en Kunst (“Women and Art,” working title, Amsterdam University Press).


Curriculum Vitae

My art historical path started in Amsterdam, where I studied at the Vrije Universiteit (BA) and University of Amsterdam (MA). At the University of Amsterdam I wrote my dissertation about Matilda of Saxony (wife of Henry the Lion), which I defended in 2013, and was also a lecturer in the Department of Art History (2007-2015). In 2015 I received the prestigious Juan de la Cierva-Formación, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity. This brought me to Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid (2016-2018), where I participated in Therese Martin’s project “The Medieval Treasury across Frontiers and Generations: The Kingdom of León-Castilla in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange, c. 1050-1200.” Within this project I focused on the contributions of Infanta Sancha of León-Castilla (d. 1159) and Queen Leonor of Castilla (d. 1214) made to this impressive treasury. I have argued that the portable altar of Sancha and the maniple and stole of Leonor are more than mere objects of patronage. Their movable qualities made them multilayered objects holding an active potential on personal and dynastic levels.


Other Activities

I serve on the Medieval Academy of America’s Leeds Program Committee (https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=LeedsCommittee) and on the editorial board of CARMEN Monographs and Studies, Arc Humanities Press (https://arc-humanities.org/our-series/arc/cms/). I am also the treasurer of CARMEN. The Worldwide Medieval Network (http://www.carmen-medieval.net/).



Recent publications:

“Visualizing Dynastic Desire: The Twelfth-Century Gospel Book of Henry and Matilda,” Studies in Iconography 39 (2018). In press.

“Women, Courtly Display and Gifts in the Rolandslied and the Chanson de Roland,” Mediaevistik. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 30 (2017). In press.

 “Matilda, Leonor and Joanna: The Plantagenet Sisters and the Display of Dynastic Connections through Material Culture,” Journal of Medieval History 43 no. 4 (2017), 523-547.

“To Have and to Hold: Coins and Seals as Evidence for Motherly Authority,” in Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children. Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era, eds. Carey Fleiner and Elena Woodacre (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2015), 83-104.

 “A Coin Bearing Testimony to Duchess Matilda as Consors Regni,” Haskins Society Journal 26 (2014 appeared in 2015), 169-190.

Work in progress:

 “Matilda of Saxony’s Luxury Objects in Motion: Salving the Wounds of Conflict” in Moving Women, Moving Objects 300-1500, eds. Tracy Chapman Hamilton and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (Leiden: Brill, 2019)

 “The Poetics of Space and Gender: Loss and Triumph in the Rolandslied,” in Gewalt, Krieg und Gender im Mittelalter, ed. Amalie Fößel (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2018).

 “Is It All about Empire? The Angevins through the Lens of Gift Giving,” in The Angevin Empire: New Interpretations, eds. Stephen Church and Matthew Strickland (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019).


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