Aden Kumler

Associate Faculty; Associate Professor of Art History and the College; Affiliate Faculty: Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Center for Gender Studies, and Medieval Studies Program


Aden Kumler is an Associate Professor of Art History and of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University of Chicago. In broad terms, her research and teaching focus on the imbrication of art, material culture, and religion in European medieval culture. Her research has been supported by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Medieval Academy of America, The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. She is the author of Translating Truth: Ambitious Images and Religious Knowledge in Late Medieval France and England (Yale University Press, 2011). Recent essays include  "Manufacturing the sacred in the Middle Ages: The Eucharist and other medieval works of ars" English Language Notes 53 (2015): 9-44; "Imitatio rerum: Sacred objects in the St Giles Hospital Processional," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 43 (2014): 469-502; and "Sacrament to Street Food," Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture, 58 (2016): 63-71. Her current book in progress examines the formal and conceptual relationships cultivated between the Eucharistic host, coins, and seals over the course of the Middle Ages. 
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