Slade Lectures Hilary Term 2025

"Gaps" - Slade Lecture Series 2025, presented by Professor Beate Fricke

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We are delighted to welcome Professor Beate Fricke as our 24/25 Slade Professor.

Further details of the lecture series will be published shortly, but these will take place in Hilary Term 2025.  The lectures will be held in-person at St John's College, University of Oxford. The lectures are free of charge, but advance booking will be required.


Bio: Beate Fricke is Professor and Chair of European Medieval Art at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern. Previously, she was professor for Medieval Art at the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the history of sculpture, image theory and the objects as archives of a history of applied arts, materiality, knowledge transfer and trade in the global "Middle Ages". Among her publications are Holy Smoke. Censers across Cultures, 2023, Fallen Idols, Risen Saints: Sainte Foy of Conquest and the Revival of Monumental Sculpture in Medieval Art, 2015, and together with Finbarr Barry Flood Tales things Tell. Material Histories of Early Globalisms, 2024. She is leading the research project The Inheritance of Looting. Medieval Trophies to Modern Museums (SNF – She is founder and Editor-in-chief of the journal 21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual. Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und Visuellen Kultur (link: