Research Title: Liminality and Space of Byzantine Monastic Churches in Constantinople and Anatolia (9th-15th century): Function and Meaning of Doorways and Passageways
Dr. U is a historian of Byzantine art and architecture. She is particularly interested in the architectural space of monuments built between the 9th and 15th centuries in the Byzantine Empire and its surroundings. In 2021, she completed her PhD at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) – Paris Sciences & Lettres university (PSL).
Her project at ANAMED aims to deepen and broaden her PhD research on liminal places and their decoration in monastic churches from the Middle and Late Byzantine periods in view of publishing a book on liminality in religious space. She investigates all the thresholds that punctuate the paths taken by clerics, the faithful and pilgrims in the churches built in Constantinople and Anatolia, in order to assess their role in the ecclesiastical space, as well as in monastic life and spirituality. Through a joint analysis of architecture, decoration, natural and built landscapes, and textual sources, her project aims to reassess the prevailing norms of understanding architectural space and liminal places.
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