Line Cecilie Engh

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Bilde av Line Cecilie Engh
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Fields of interest

Intellectual history and textual cultures in the Latin middle ages; gender, performativity, intertextuality, and identity formation; Bernard of Clairvaux and Cistercian writing; late ancient and medieval Rome; political ideas and concepts, especially in papal writing; mysticism and hermeneutics; rhetoric, metaphor, and figurative language; cognitive science; digital humanities

My current project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, is entitled Between cloister and papacy: The impact of bridal imagery on power relations in Western Europe, 1100-1400. Using approaches from Fauconnier and Turner’s Conceptual Integration Theory, the project interrogates the impact of medieval marriage symbolism on concepts of celibacy, priesthood rules, and marriage regulation and on concepts of authority and hierarchies in the church. I am especially concerned with medieval popes’ use of bridal and female imagery (daughter, wife, mother, virgin, widow, and whore) and how these concepts intersected and connected with notions of the pope as bridegroom (which rework the topos of Christ as bridegroom); with notions of Rome as bride (which rework the topoi of Jerusalem as bride and Rome as the new Jerusalem); with reconfigurations of celibacy as fecundity; with notions of a "sacred household," hierarchically and patriarchically structured around the paterfamilias (the pope) and his relations with his "sons" (other bishops, kings, the emperor) and with his "mother," "daughter," and "bride" (the church/Rome); and with notions of (female) body politic and male headship.

Teaching

I teach courses for the Norwegian Institute in Rome, such as ROMA 2020 (Rome – Site and Symbol) and EVU (Rhetoric in a historical, didactical and ethical perspective), in addition to various lectures related to Rome, the papacy, medieval churches and liturgy. I have also taught IFIKK-courses such as IDE2023 (Medieval intellectual history) and IDE 2100/4100 (History of gender and sexuality).

Background

I hold a PhD from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo from 2011, entitled Performing the Bride: Gender and Self-Representation in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermones super cantica canticorum. I have a Cand. Philol. degree from the University in Oslo (2006), with the subjects History of Ideas, Latin, History, Sociology, and Criminology. In addition, I am trained in manuscript studies (2001-02) from the Diplôme Européen d’Études Médiévales (DEEM), a two-semester course on medieval Latin source materials issued by Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Études Mediévales (FIDEM).

Institutional responsibilities and positions of trust

Member of the Academic leadership team, The Norwegian Institute (2016)

Member, Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma (2015-16)

Member, Comitato di Presidenza per Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma (2016)

Mentor, Google Summer of Code on behalf of Red Hen Lab (2016)

Secretary, Association for former students of DEEM (FIDEM) (2012-p.t.)

Local coordinator for DEEM, Rome (FIDEM) (2009-2013)
 

Visiting scholarships and grants

Visiting Researcher, Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University (2016)

Visiting Researcher, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2015)

Personal postdoctoral fellowship grant (FRIHUM), Research Council of Norway (2013-2016)
 

Select invited lectures

Case Western Reserve University. Colloquium, Department of Cognitive Science, Cleveland February 2016.

Mese della cultura internazionale, Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma / The Norwegian Institute in Rome / Commune di Roma, Rome June 2015.

UC Berkeley. Conference on Neuroesthetics: Seeing / Knowing: Vision, knowledge, cognition, and aesthetics, Berkeley September 2014.

Det Norske Studentersamfund. Akademisk Vorspiel, Oslo September 2013.

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (co-organized by Internationale Gesellschaft für Theologische Mediävistik). Sacramentum magnum. The sacrament of marriage in the Middle Ages, Prague June 2012.

University of Aarhus (DM). Nuptial imagery and the erotic. From Bernard to Bataille, Aarhus March 2012.

Collegium medievale. University of Oslo, November 2011.
 

Major collaborations

Google Summer of Code (2016) for the Distributed Little Red Hen Lab. “Computer Vision and Machine Leaning Applications on Artwork Images / Machine learning for automatic tagging of vast art databases”

“Talking to Big Data” (Case Western Reserve University, 2017-18). NEH Grant proposal for Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities

“Tools for Transformation,” Grant proposal involving DNIR, IFIKK, NTNU, UCLA, CWRU, Univ. of Poitiers, Univ. of Copenhagen, Drew Univ., Basel University

Major publications

Books

Gendered Identities in Bernard of Clairvaux’s ‘Sermons on the Song of Songs’: Performing the Bride, Europa Sacra 15, Turnhout: Brepols, 2014

Reviews for "Gendered Identities in Bernard of Clairvaux's 'Sermons on the Song of Songs"

The Medieval Review by Ann Matter:
https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/19260/25384

Speculum by Rachel Fulton Brown:
/dnir/personer/vit/lineceng/fulton-brown-r_speculum.pdf

Church History by Mark S. Burrows:
/dnir/personer/vit/lineceng/church-history-burrows.pdf 

Cîteaux - commentarii cistercienses by D.L. Sadler:  
/dnir/personer/vit/lineceng/sadler-d-l_citeaux_2015_1-2_index-rerum.pdf


Journal articles and book chapters

“Embodying the Female Body Politic: Pro-Papal Reception of Ephesians 5 in the Later Middle Ages,” Bodies, Borders, Believers. Ancient Texts and Present Conversations, ed. by Anne Hege Grung, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, and Anna Rebecca Solevåg. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2015, pp. 164-94

Magnum Sacramentum: Kristningen av ekteskapet i middelalderen,” Arr. Idehistorisk tidsskrift (2/ 2014), pp. 23-45

“’The Sweet Secrets of the Bedchamber’. Veiling and Unveiling in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs,” Mediaevalia. Textos e estudos, 32 (2013) ed. by José Meirinhos, Celia López, and João Rebalde, pp. 71-89 (http://ojs.letras.up.pt/index.php/mediaevalia/issue/view/87/showToc )

“Djevelens inngangsport og Kristi brud: Kvinnelige metaforers betydning i middelalderens askese og mystikk,” Arr. Idehistorisk tidsskrift (1/ 2012), pp. 93-110

“Munkenes erotiske lek i bakvendtland: Hermeneutikk, kjønn og begjær i Bernard av Clairvaux’ utlegning av Høysangen,” Arr. Idehistorisk tidsskrift (1/ 2009), pp. 82-96


Review article

Kretschmer, Marek Thue, ed. La typologie biblique comme forme de pensée dans l’historiographie médiévale. (Textes et Etudes du Moyen Âge 75. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), Journal of Medieval Latin 25 (2015), pp. 258-64.


Forthcoming

“Om å tenke med kvinner i middelalderen: Kjønnsperspektiver og kognitive perspektiver i idehistorisk forskning,” Idehistorie. Perspektiver og metoder, i fortid og framtid, eds. Ellen Krefting, Espen Schaanning, and Reidar Aasgaard. Cappelen Damm (book chapter)

Imitatio imperii at the Roman Curia: A cognitive approach to papal symbolism and ceremony in the twelfth century,” in Empires around the Great Sea. Conflict, Contact and Interchange of Imperial Traditions and Ideas in the Medieval Mediterranean, ed. Thomas Foerster. De Gruyter (book chapter)

Marriage Symbolism, Cognition and Society in the Premodern Christian West, ed. Line Cecilie Engh (edited volume)

The Pope’s Bride (monograph)

Emneord: Idéhistorie, Middelalder

Publikasjoner

  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). Om narrasjoner, kvinnelige metaforer i middelalderen og våre litterære hjerner. En idehistorikers møte med kognitiv teori. Samtiden.  ISSN 0036-3928.  (3-4), s 178- 186
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2015). Embodying the Female Body Politic: Pro-Papal Reception of Ephesians 5 in the Later Middle Ages, In Anne Hege Grung; Marianne Bjelland Kartzow & Anna Rebecca Solevåg (ed.),  Bodies, Borders, Believers: Ancient Texts and Present Conversations.  Pickwick Publications.  ISBN 9781625644046.  10.  s 164 - 194
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2015). KRETSCHMER, MAREK THUE, ed. La typologie biblique comme forme de pensée dans l’historiographie médiévale. Journal of Medieval Latin.  ISSN 0778-9750.  25, s 258- 264
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2014). Magnum sacramentum. Kristningen av ekteskapet i middelalderen. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (2), s 23- 45 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). The Sweet Secrets of the Bedchamber. Veiling and Unveiling in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. Mediaevalia. Textos e estudos.  ISSN 0872-0991.  32, s 65- 83
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2012). "Djevelens inngangsport" og "Kristi brud": Kvinnelige metaforers betydning i middelalderens askese og mystikk. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (1), s 93- 110
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2009). Munkenes erotiske lek i bakvendtland hermeneutikk, kjønn og begjær i Bernard av Clairvaux' utlegning av Høysangen. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  21(1), s 82- 96

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  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2014). Gendered Identities in Bernard of Clairvaux’s 'Sermons on the Song of Songs': Performing the Bride. Brepols.  ISBN 978-2-503-55003-9.

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  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2017). Describing the ineffable, seeing the invisible. Linguistic and conceptual representations of the divine in Bernard of Clairvaux’s sermons..
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2017). Transforming group identities through liturgy..
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2017). Transforming group identities through liturgy. Blended viewpoints in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons..
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). “Making sense of gender in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. Why it’s worth the effort.”.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). Sed nunc fit in spiritu, quod tunc fiebat in carne. What kind of marriage did Pope Innocent III really enter into?.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). The woman who obsessed medieval minds.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). Våre litterære hjerner. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2016). What the one-sex theory cannot explain. Elite males who appropriated female traits and stances.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2015). Imitatio imperii at the Roman Curia: A cognitive approach to papal symbolism and ceremony in the twelfth century.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2015). “Roma – Sposa o grande prostituta? Prospettive storiche sulle immagini della città”.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2014). ‘He who has the bride’. Bridal imagery and papal authority.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2014). Seeing and Knowing with the Bride of Christ: How a Metaphor Shaped Thought and Action in the Middle Ages.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2014). The pope's bride: ideology and impact.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). Debatten om de tidlige cistercienserne. Narrasjon og ideologiproduksjon i historieskriving.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). 'Et stort mysterium’. Kirken, ekteskapet og ekteskapsideologi i middelalderen.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). The Pleasure of Hermeneutics. Bernard of Clairvaux’s Inversions of Eroticism and Asceticism in the Sermons on the Song of Songs.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). The Sweet Secrets of the Bed Chamber. Veiling and Unveiling in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2013). The pope’s bride.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2012). Female imagery in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermones super cantica canticorum. A literary analysis of an edited text.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2012). Gender and Nuptial Imagery. Bernard’s Discourse in the Song of Songs.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2012). Project presentation: Between cloister and papacy. The impact of bridal imagery on power relations in Western Europe, 1150-1400.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011). Bernard av Clairvaux som Kristi brud – Kjønn og retorikk i en middelaldertekst.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011, 24. september). Innslag om den hellige Bernard. [Radio].  Verdibørsen P2.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011). Kjønn, kirkereformer og pavens ekteskap: Retorikk i den romerske høymiddelalder.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011). Munken med melkespreng. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011). Munker som leker kvinner: En guddommelig forestilling. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2011). Performing the Bride. Gender and Self-Representation in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermones super cantica canticorum.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2009). Bernard of Clairvaux: Gender Crossing as Spiritual Model in “Sermones super cantica canticorum.”.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2009). Jerusalem Hierarchized. Spiritual Desire, Spiritual Conquest, and the Song of Songs in Bernard of Clairvaux's Construal of Jerusalem.
  • Engh, Line Cecilie (2006). Bernard av Clairvaux's brud: En studie av erotisk mystikk og feminin metaforikk i det 12. århundre.

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