Lynn Huber presents work in Rome

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lynn R. Huber, was invited by the Norwegian Institute in Rome to share her work as part of a workshop on "Political, ideological, and cognitive entailments of marriage symbolism in medieval Europe.

The international workshop, funded by a grant from the Norwegian government, included scholars from a variety of fields including art history, medieval studies, late-antique Christian history, cognitive linguistics and New Testament.

Huber was asked to be a part of the conference because of her work on bridal imagery in Revelation.  The paper Huber presented, “Envisioning and Embodying the Lamb’s Bride: Reading Revelation’s Bridal Imagery with Medieval Visionary Women,” drew upon a chapter from her recent book Thinking and Seeing with Women in Revelation. In the paper, Huber explored how two late medieval women visionaries, Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant, reworking Revelation’s feminine imagery in their own visionary accounts.  In so doing, scholars are able to better understand how conceptual metaphors function and how this particular metaphorical image impacts later thought about Christian faithfulness and identity.

Later this summer Huber will be presenting at an international colloquium on “Urban Spaces of Early Christianity:  Ephesos, Pergamon, Aphrodisias, and Cities of Southwest Asia Minor.”  The colloquium is a travel seminar sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, Carthage College, University of California Santa Barbara, and Boston University’s School of Theology.