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Dr. Minou Schraven teaches art history, material culture and museum studies at AUC and is a research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she coordinates the Religious Material Culture research seminars.

Minou Schraven

She is a specialist in early modern Italian art and material culture with a keen interest in the ritual and magical use of (religious) objects and early modern festival culture. Before coming to AUC, Minou held postdocs at the University of Liege and at Leiden University. Among her publications are "Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy. The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration" (Ashgate 2014) and, co-edited with Maarten Delbeke, "Foundation, Dedication and Consecration in Early Modern Europe" (Brill 2012). Recently, she published articles on the display of bog bodies and other human remains in museums, the craze for devotional medals of cardinal Carlo Borromeo (d. 1584), and the foundation ceremonies of the Amsterdam Town Hall in 1648. Her current research project is titled: ‘Blessed and Indulgenced Objects in the Early Modern Catholic Worlds: Materiality, Mobility and Anxiety.’ Minou is holder of research fellowships at the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles (CA), the Warburg Institute in London, and more recently at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (Spring 2023) and the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies/ Casa de Velásquez (Spring 2024).