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Professor of Art History, Arizona State University

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Spring 2016

Corine Schleif studied art history in Marburg, St. Louis (MA, 1980), Berlin, and Bamberg (Dr. phil. 1986). Her work probes the social functions of making, keeping and destroying art. Her book Donatio et Memoria: Stifter, Stiftungen und Motivationen an Beispielen aus der Lorenzkirche in Nürnberg (1990) considers how donors positioned themselves within spiritual economies while negotiating social and political advantage. Interests in archival sources, postmodern theory, women’s agency, gift-giving cultures, and multisensory experiences come together in her 2009 book, Katerina’s Windows: Donation and Devotion, Art and Music, as Heard and Seen in the Writings of a Birgittine Nun, authored with V. Schier. She has guest-edited Triangulating our Vision (= Different Visions 1, 2008) and Pleasure and Danger in Perception, with R. Newhauser (= The Senses and Society 5, 2010). Manuscripts Changing Hands, edited with V. Schier is forthcoming. Her essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals including the Art Bulletin and Art History. In 2012 she and Schier launched the multimedia study Opening the Geese Book ( Schleif currently directs the virtual reality project “Extraordinary Sensescapes: The Sensory World of Late Medieval Nuns.”


Schleif’s projects have been funded by the Steinberg Endowment, the Fulbright Commission, the Kress Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Carnegie Humanities Investment Fund, and other institutional and corporate sponsors. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.

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