Dr Eva Frojmovic
My research circles around the intersection between Jewish studies, art history, medieval studies, museums and heritage, and postcolonial and gender theories. I teach about Medieval and Renaissance Art, especially its constructions of Otherness, and about Jewish Museums and the Jewish presence in Museums. I studied in Freiburg (1981-83), Jerusalem (1983/4) and Munich (MA 1988). After a term's internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (1988) I returned to do a Ph.D. in Munich, and spent 1990-2 researching in Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana and Vatican Library). After gaining a Ph.D. in 1993 on the cultural and visual worlds of Francesco da Barberino, I became Frances Yates Postdoctoral Fellow at the Warburg Institute (1993-5). I have taught at the University of Leeds since 1995, helping to set up a Centre for Jewish Studies, and being part of the Institute for Medieval Studies, including serving on the International Medieval Congress' programming committee.
My research interests relate principally to questioning and widening the western canon. I research medieval manuscript illumination, Jewish art, and cross-cultural encounters. I also have an interest in Jewish museums as touchstones of cultural diversity in museology. I continue my earlier interest in Italian art of the age of Giotto and Dante. I have been groping my way towards various non-iconographic approaches to the study of medieval art; at present, I am exploring the uses of postcolonial theories (supported by an AHRC research network grant, "Postcolonising the Medieval Image", 2009-11). My teaching about medieval art is research led and informed by my interdisciplinary interests in postcolonial theory, patronage, questions of representation and ideology. I am especially interested in the formation of European subjectivities through exclusion and othering (of Jews, Muslims, Africans, but also on the basis of gender). I have taught Islamic art, especially with a view on the various meeting points between "East" and "West" (Levant, Sicily/Maghreb, Andalusia). I also teach on various aspects of the Renaissance especially in Venice, including the formation of ghettoes. I have been director of the BA History of Art (2010-2014). Since 2017, I have been Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. I am Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies.
I have supervised (or co-supervised) the following Ph.D. students:
Dominic Williams https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/fine-art/staff/519/dr-dominic-williams
Other Alumni include:
Guia Risari, writer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guia_Risari
- Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, FAHACS
- Director, Centre for Jewish Studies
- Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet
I teach about medieval art, Jewish art, Jewish museums.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Jewish Studies
- Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CentreCATH)