Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Glenn Peers

ProfessorPh.D., Johns Hopkins University

Glenn Peers



Byzantine Art


Peers earned my Ph.D. in the History of Art from The Johns Hopkins University, and, while on leave in 2000 – 01, he earned a Licentiate in Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in the University of Toronto. He has been a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin since 1998. 

Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium (2001), was published by The University of California Press, and his examination of frames and framing in Byzantine art, Sacred Shock: Framing Visual Experience in Byzantium, was published by Penn State University Press in 2004. Current projects include art and identity amongst Christians of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, philhellenism in Renaissance France, and Byzantine manuscripts, like the eleventh-century Psalter, Vat. gr. 752 (with Barbara Crostini), and the extraordinarily diverse cultures of the pocket empire at Trebizond in the late Middle Ages. 

An exhibition that I curated, Under Gods, work of the British photographer Liz Hingley at the Visual Arts Center took place in the fall of 2012. Please see 
Byzantine Things in the World was held at the Menil Collection in the summer of 2013, and an edited volume by that same title was published to accompany it (published by the Menil and distributed by Yale UP). 

During the 2007 – 08 academic year, Peers was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and during the 2011 - 12 academic year, he was a Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. For the summer semester 2014,he was a Senior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. During the 2015-16 academic year, Peers will be a member of a research team, “Poetics of Christian Performance,” gathered at the Israel Institute for Advanced Study, Jerusalem. 


MES 386 • Art Of The Crusades

41183 • Spring 2015
Meets W 900am-1200pm ART 3.432

This class examines art and architecture produced when medieval Christians sought to claim and then possess land considered holy or dispossess non-Christians of desirable land. It takes the Holy Land experience of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as the center of this medieval phenomenon of crusading, but it treats areas of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean also conquered and controlled by crusaders, like Cyprus, Greece and Sicily. It also looks at art and architecture produced in Western Europe in reaction to successes and failures of crusading. Such issues continue to resonate at a time of conflict and competition in the Middle East still, and the art history of the Middle Ages is an important means for understanding contemporary events.

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