Harriet Sonne De Torrens

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Visual Resource Librarian, Department of Visual Studies & UTM Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre

Visual Resources Guide (Image collections): http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/imageresources?hs=a

Administrator of FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System): http://fadisx.library.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/FADIS.woa

Founder and Co-director, Baptisteria Sacra: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/bsi/

Scholarship: https://utoronto.academia.edu/HarrietSonnedeTorrens

Chair of Librarians Committee, University of Toronto Faculty Association: http://utlibrarians.wordpress.com/

Member of Steering Committee, Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) : http://capalibrarians.org/

Administrator of the following discussion lists:

Medart-L  Medieval Art, University of Toronto

CAAH-L  Consortium of Art and Architectural Historians, Princeton University

 

Contact

harriet.sonne@utoronto.ca

905-569-4610

CCT 3021, UTM

 

Education

1991 B.A. Hon., Graduated with High Distinction, University of Toronto (Art History).

1995 M.A. University of Toronto (Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of Art History).

2001 MISt. University of Toronto (dual programs: archival studies and library studies, with museum electives)

2003  Ph.D. Institute of Art History, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dissertation: "De fontibus salvatoris: A Liturgical and Ecclesiological Reading of the Representation of the Childhood of Christ on the Medieval  Fonts from Scandinavia." Dissertation advisers: Dr. Axel Bolvig, Dr. Søren Kaspersen at the University of Copenhagen and Dr. Jill Caskey at the University of Toronto.

2006 (L.M.S.) Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies, a post-doctoral thesis awarded with "Magna Cum Laude" from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto. Thesis: “The Female Body, Sexuality and Baptism in Medieval Iberia.”

AWARDS AND ACADEMIC HONOURS

2005-2006 Awarded Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto

2004 Awarded the Leonard F. Boyle Dissertation Prize by the Canadian Society of Medievalists for my Ph.D. Dissertation.

 

Current Research Projects

Beauport Abbey:  The Premonstratensian Order in Brittany, France.  Collaborating with Prof. Claude Evans from the University of Toronto Mississauga and colleagues in France. For information on the site see URL http://www.abbaye-beauport.com/

Author and co-editor, Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages: Essays on the Medieval Fonts, Settings and Beliefs. Ashgate Press (to be released in July 2013), see ISBN 978-1-4094-5675-9 http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&isbn=9781409456759&lang=cy-gb

 

Select Publications

2012 “Reconsidering the Date of the Baptismal Font in San Isidoro, León, Spain” for the book Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages: Essays on the Medieval Fonts, Settings and Beliefs. (Ashgate Publictions), in press.

2012 “Introduction” (an overview of the themes and issues raised by contributors) co-authored with M. Torrens for the book Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages: Essays on the Medieval Fonts, Settings and Beliefs. (Ashgate Publictions), in press.

2011 “Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or an Opportunity” co-authored with Mary Kandiuk, Diane Granfield, Partnership:  the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 6, no. 2, pp.1-6.

2010 "Aakirkeby Baptismal Font" for the online Medieval Dictionary of Art & Architecture published by Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press. Invited by the editor, Dr. C. Hourihane to write on this topic.

2010 "Simris Church, Skåne" for the online Medieval Dictionary of Art & Architecture published by Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press. Invited by the editor, Dr. C. Hourihane to write on this topic.

2010 "Bjäesjö Baptismal Font" for the online Medieval Dictionary of Art & Architecture published by Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press. Invited by the editor, Dr. C. Hourihane to write on this topic.

2010 "Jutland" for the online Medieval Dictionary of Art & Architecture published by Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press. Invited by the editor, Dr. C. Hourihane to write on this topic.

2010 "Viklau Madonna" for the online Medieval Dictionary of Art & Architecture published by Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press. Invited by the editor, Dr. C. Hourihane to write on this topic.

2009 “Illicit Sex and Alcahuetas in the Medieval Kingdom of Castile:The Pictorial Program on the Rebanal de Las Llantas Baptismal Font” La Coronica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, vol. 38:1 (Fall, 2009): 97-120.

2009  “Fovea Peccati et Utero Ecclesiae: The Symbiotic Nature of Female Sexuality on Medieval Baptismal Fonts” in From the Margins II: Women of the New Testament and Their Afterlives eds. Christine Joynes and Christopher Rowland (Sheffield Phoenix  Press, 2009), pp. 334-361.

2006 "The Stadil Altar Frontal: A Johannine Interpretation of the Nativity of Christ" in Decorating the Lord’s Table: On the Dynamics between Image and Altar in the Early and High Middle Ages eds. Søren Kaspersen and Erik Thunø (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Press, 2006). See website: www.mtp.hum.ku.dk for more information on the text.

2003  “The Three-Headed Trinity and Divine Wisdom in the Cloister Program at Alquézar (Spain)” published in Spanish as “Sabiduría Divina y Teología Trinitaria: El programa del claustro del monasterio de Alquézar” in a collection of essays edited by Dr. Rocío Sánchez-Ameijeiras and Dr. José Luis Senra Gabriel y Galán, El Tímpano Romaníco: imágenes, estructura y audiencias. (Santiago de Compostela, Xunta de Galicia,  2003).

2003 "De fontibus salvatoris: A Survey of Twelfth and Thirteen Century Baptismal Fonts Ornamented with Events from the Childhood of Christ" article for Objects, Images and the Word: Art in the Service of the Liturgy, ed. Colum Hourihane (Princeton, N.J.: Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University Press), pp. 105-137.

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