September - December 2003
Barbara Abou-El-Haj is associate professor in medieval art history at the State University of New York, Binghamton. At the Clark, she will complete a book-length manuscript entitled Architects of Violence: The Building Clergy of Vézelay, Santiago de Compostela, Reims and the Commune of Amiens. Her scholarship provides an examination of the medieval church in relation to its detachment from local concerns and its prolonged and violent struggle to exercise clerical control over resources. Abou-El-Haj is author of The Medieval Cult of Saints: Formations and Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and numerous articles and reviews in medieval studies.