Elizabeth Lastra is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, where she teaches courses on the arts of medieval Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Islamic world. Her research focuses on northern Spanish art and society in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, addressing questions of urbanization, pilgrimage, and the dynamics of socially and religiously pluralistic communities.
She has published in Studies in Iconography and is currently working on a book, On Art and Authority: A Biography of Medieval Carrión de los Condes, which explores the urbanization and artistic production of Carrión de los Condes, a prominent medieval city along the pilgrimage the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Liz also employs digital technologies to expand the means by which art objects and monuments are studied and presented. The project RomanesqueSpain provides virtual access to Spanish medieval sites through three-dimensional modeling and gigapixel photography.
Liz received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests in Carrión began as a first-year doctoral student when she completed her own Camino, traversing the pilgrimage route from Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to St. James’s shrine at Compostela. Her research has been supported by several generous fellowships, including a Swarzenski Fellowship in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fulbright and Casa de Velázquez fellowships in Madrid.
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