Department of Art & Art History

Asa Simon Mittman

Medieval Art History

Asa Simon Mittman is Professor and Chair of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico, where he teaches Ancient and Medieval Art, as well as thematic courses on monsters and film. He is author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (2006), co-author with Susan Kim of Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (2013, awarded a Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association and an ISAS Best Book Prize), and author and co-author of a number of articles on monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, including pieces on Satan in the Junius 11 manuscript (Gesta, with Kim) and “race” in the Middle Ages (postmedieval). He co-edited with Peter Dendle the Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (2012), and is the founding president of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application). His research has been supported by CAA, ICMA, Kress, Mellon, American Philosophical Society, and NEH grants. He edits book series with Boydell and Brill. He is currently editing a monster studies primary and secondary source reader (Arc Humanities Press) with Marcus Hensel and a volume on Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World (Palgrave) with Richard H. Godden. Mittman and Sherry Lindquist are co-curating Terrors, Aliens and Wonders at The Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum (2018). Mittman is a founding member of the Material Collective, and a regular contributor to the MC group blog. Long range research interests include the Franks Casket and images of Jews on medieval maps.

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