Kristin Bliksrud Aavitsland

Professor

Medieval Culture and Church History

Special fields:

  • medieval theology
  • art history
  • medieval studies
  • cultural history
  • material religion
  • church architecture
  • cultural heritage safeguarding
Phone: 22590615
Mobile: 90536439
Priv. addr.: Monolitveien 28
0375 OSLO
Office: 343

Presentation

I am Professor of Medieval Culture and Church history here at MF since 2014. Trained as an art historian and medievalist, I received my PhD from the University of Oslo in 2002, after having held research fellowships in Rome (Istituto di Norvegia) and London (Warburg Institute). Before I came to MF, I was research fellow at Copenhagen University and the University of Oslo. My fields of research are wide-ranging, however centering on the use of images in pre- and early modern religious cultures. I have published books and articles on pictorial language and intellectual culture in medieval Italy and Scandinavia, on the conception of Death in early Protestant Scandinavia, and on the idea of Jerusalem in medieval Scandinavia. I am also a biographer and non-fiction author in the field of Norwegian cultural history.

Publications

Oversikt over samlet produksjon (cristin.no)

Selected publications

  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2018). "Let the Little Children Come to Me": Representations of Children in the Confessional Culture of Lutheran Scandinavia. Nordic Childhoods 1700-1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking, s. 58 - 75. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138294226
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). Cultivating Virtues on Scandinavian Soil: The Rise of a Christian Humanism and Ecclesiastical Art in Twelfth-Century Denmark. Intellectual Culture in Medieval Scandinavia, c. 1100-1350, s. 373 - 392. Brepols. ISBN: 9782503553078
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). The Church and the Synagogue in Ecclesiastical Art: A Case from Medieval Norway. Teologisk Tidsskrift, 5(4), s. 324 - 341. ISSN: 1893-0263
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). Værnes kirke: Det lutherske kirkerommet som samfunnsspeil 1537-1740. Værnes kirke - en kulturskatt i stein og tre, s. 350 - 373. ISBN: 9788299524438
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). Incarnation. Paradoxes of Perception and Mediation in Medieval Liturgical Art. The Saturated Sensorium. Principles of Perception and Mediation in the Middle Ages., s. 73 - 90. Aarhus Universitetsforlag. ISBN: 9788771243130
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). Remembering Death in Denmark-Norway during the Period of Lutheran Orthodoxy. Preparing for Death, Remembering the Dead, s. 241 - 264. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN: 978-3-525-55082-3
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2014). Defending Jerusalem: Visualizations of a Christian Identity in Medieval Scandinavia. Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, s. 121 - 131. Brepols. ISBN: 978-2-503-55104-3
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2014). Harry Fett : historien er lengst. Pax Forlag. ISBN: 9788253036625
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2014). Visualizing the Art of Dying in Early Protestant Scandinavia: A Reading of a Late Sixteenth-Century Tapestry from Leksvik, Norway. Journal of early modern Christianity, 1(1), s. 115 - 142. ISSN: 2196-6656
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2014). Civitas Hierusalem: representing presence in Scandinavian golden altars. Image and Altar 800-1300. Papers from an InternationalConference in Copenhagen 24 October - 27 October 2007, s. 179 - 193. Syddansk Universitetsforlag. ISBN: 9788776021436
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2012). Imagining the Human Condition in Medieval Rome. Ashgate. ISBN: 978-1-4094-3818-2

Newest scientific publications

  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2018). "Let the Little Children Come to Me": Representations of Children in the Confessional Culture of Lutheran Scandinavia. Nordic Childhoods 1700-1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking, s. 58 - 75. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138294226
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2017). "Sansningens kilde og talens utspring": bilder som idéhistoriske kilder i førmoderne kultur. Grep om fortiden: Perspektiver og metoder i idéhistorie, s. 169 - 183. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. ISBN: 9788202565282
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). Værnes kirke: Det lutherske kirkerommet som samfunnsspeil 1537-1740. Værnes kirke - en kulturskatt i stein og tre, s. 350 - 373. ISBN: 9788299524438
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). The Church and the Synagogue in Ecclesiastical Art: A Case from Medieval Norway. Teologisk Tidsskrift, 5(4), s. 324 - 341. ISSN: 1893-0263
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). Cultivating Virtues on Scandinavian Soil: The Rise of a Christian Humanism and Ecclesiastical Art in Twelfth-Century Denmark. Intellectual Culture in Medieval Scandinavia, c. 1100-1350, s. 373 - 392. Brepols. ISBN: 9782503553078
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2016). Jerusalemkoden i nordisk middelalder: Det helliges målestokk. Årbok / Det norske videnskaps-akademi, s. 395 - 406. ISSN: 0332-6209
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). The ornamenta ecclesia in the Middle Ages: Materiality as Transcendence. Transcendence and sensoriness : perceptions, revelation, and the arts, s. 117 - 130. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN: 9789004274525
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). Remembering Death in Denmark-Norway during the Period of Lutheran Orthodoxy. Preparing for Death, Remembering the Dead, s. 241 - 264. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN: 978-3-525-55082-3
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). Remembering Jerusalem in Medieval Scandinavia. The Formative Past and the Formation of the Future: Collective Remembering and Identity Formation, s. 175 - 196. Novus Forlag. ISBN: 978-82-7099-808-1
  • Aavitsland, K. B. (2015). Incarnation. Paradoxes of Perception and Mediation in Medieval Liturgical Art. The Saturated Sensorium. Principles of Perception and Mediation in the Middle Ages., s. 73 - 90. Aarhus Universitetsforlag. ISBN: 9788771243130

Education and professional practice

1994Cand.philol, Universitetet i Oslo
1999Diplôme européen d'études médiévales, Roma
2002Dr. art, Universitetet i Oslo