Art History PhD student Britt Boler Hunter is the recipient of a Student Travel Grant from the International Center of Medieval Art to support research for her dissertation, “The Wellcome Apocalypse: An Intersection of Tradition and Innovation in a Late Fifteenth-century, German Multi-Text Manuscript.” The award is designed to support research-related travel, which Britt will dedicate to studying and photographing six obscure or un-digitized manuscripts in London, Rome, Munich, and St. Gallen, Switzerland. These manuscripts are important representations of late-medieval religious and encyclopedic compilations, and she intends to carefully study their function and audience.
Britt had originally planned to embark on this research trip later this summer in conjunction with her presentation at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, U.K. on July 6–9, 2020. The paper that she was accepted to present, “The Narrative Framework of The Life of Antichrist and its Iterations in Late Fifteenth-Century German Book Illustration,” is an extension of one of her dissertation chapters. This paper won the Sieglinde Hartmann Prize for the best IMC paper proposal in the field of medieval German language and/or medieval German literature. The IMC is currently making plans to meet virtually, in which case Britt will have the opportunity to present her paper through a videoconference platform. Britt comments on the support of these scholarly communities:
It is truly an honor to have the support of the ICMA and IMC as I continue to research and write my dissertation during these uncertain times. These two prestigious organizations are not only supporting my scholarly work, but are helping me build networks and feel connected to the international community of medievalists, despite the increasing isolation of the pandemic world.