Stipendiary Lecturer in History of Art, JRF in the History of Art (Merton)
St Peter’s College and Worcester College
Lia is Stipendiary Lecturer in the History of Art at Worcester College and St Peter's College and a Junior Research Fellow in the History of Art at Merton College. She trained in the History of Art at the University of Oxford and in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
She has held a number of prestigious grants and fellowships, including ones awarded by the Delmas Foundation, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, the Renaissance Society of America, the British Federation for Women Graduates, the P.E.O. Scholar Award, the Dutch Institute for the History of Art (NIKI) in Florence, the American Historical Association, the Medieval Association of America, and the UK Bibliographical Society.
Lia's research focuses primarily on late-medieval and Renaissance visual culture and devotional practices. Her doctoral dissertation traced the production, circulation, and illustration of a once popular, yet hitherto unstudied, Italian devotional text. Her current project explores the development of novel iconography and modes of representation in visual art in Italy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This research relies on cross-media analysis and brings together new textual, visual and material evidence.
Having spent the 2017-2018 academic year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratories of Digital Humanities and Experimental Museology of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Lia maintains an active interest in Digital Humanities. She leads a number of collaborative projects that use computational techniques to analyse medieval manuscripts and explore immersive ways of studying and engaging with cultural heritage. At Oxford, she is the research lead of the X-Reality Hub and the founder and head of the TORCH (en)coding Heritage Network.