Dr Jessica Berenbeim research concerns medieval and early modern art and administrative history. Its central theme is the role of visual and material culture in documentation, historical consciousness, and political power. Past publications look at the intersecting histories of institutions, art and architecture, and administration, with a particular interest in bringing together the studies of visual culture and bureaucracy. These include Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England (PIMS/Toronto 2015, supported by the British Academy), as well as articles about the relationship between institutional patronage and distinctions of the self (Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 2012) and about the art of handwriting manuals in Spain (Word & Image, 2010).
She is currently writing a second book and an article. An Art History of the Charter, c.1050–c.1550 concentrates systematically on the material culture of charters in Europe and the British Isles, combining the studies of aesthetics and bureaucracy. 'Historical Distance and Livy's Artistic Afterlife' looks at the visual reception of Livy's Ab urbe condita, and its implications for problems of historical distance in both medieval and modern intellectual history.
Dr Jessica Berenbeim is a member of the Oxford Medieval Studies Steering Committee.
Professional activities / forthcoming events
— Speaker: On the Matter of Books and Records: Forms, Substance, Forgeries, and Meanings Beyond the Lines, V&A Museum, 23 November 2015
— Organiser: Seals and Status, 800-1700, British Museum, 4-6 December 2014
— Lecture: 'Monuments in Wax: Form and Function in Medieval Charters', British Archaeological Association, 6 April 2016