Dr Liz James did her first degree at the
University of Durham in Ancient History and Archaeology. She then moved
south to the University of Birmingham for an MA in Byzantine Studies and
finally to the Courtauld Institute to study with Robin Cormack for a doctorate
in light and colour in Byzantine art. After a postdoctoral fellowship
at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, and a British Academy
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, she started at Sussex in 1993.
Dr James is a Byzantine art historian whose interests spread across the
whole range of the Byzantine Empire. She has worked on the perception
of light and colour in Byzantine art, and is currently engaged on a research
project exploring the colours of Byzantine mosaics (for 2003, as a Leverhulme
Research Fellow). She is also interested in the role of women in Byzantium
and has worked on Byzantine empresses. Her interests perhaps focus on
the ways in which the Byzantines appear to have perceived and used their
L. James, Empresses
and power in early Byzantium (Leicester, 2001)
'Bearing gifts from the East: imperial relic-hunters abroad', Eastern
approaches to Byzantium, ed. A. Eastmond (Aldershot, 2000), 119-132.
, 'What colours were Byzantine mosaics?', Medieval mosaics: light,
color, materials, ed. E. Borsook, F. Superbi, and G. Pagliarulo (Florence,
, 'As the actress said to the bishop
Byzantine women in English-language
fiction', Through the looking-glass. Byzantium through British eyes,
ed. R.S. Cormack and E. Jeffreys (Aldershot, 2000), 237-249.
, (with Barbara Hill), 'Women and politics in the Byzantine empire:
imperial women', Women in medieval western European culture, ed.
L.E. Mitchell (1999), 157-178.
L. James, Desire and denial in Byzantium (Aldershot, 1999)
L. James, Women, men and eunuchs: gender in Byzantium (London,
, 'Goddess, whore, wife or slave? Will the real Byzantine empress
please stand up', Queens and queenship in medieval Europe, ed.
A. Duggan (1997), 123-40.
, Light and colour in Byzantine art (Oxford, 1996)
, '"Pray not to fall into temptation and be on your guard".
Antique statues in Byzantine Constantinople', Gesta, 35 (1996),
, 'Hysterical (hi)stories of art', review article, Oxford Art
Journal (18) (1995), 143-147.
, (with E.J.W. Hawkins), 'The east dome of San Marco: a reappraisal',
Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 48 (1994), 229-242.
, 'Monks, monastic art and the middle Byzantine church', The
Theotokos Evergetis and eleventh-century monasticism, ed. M. Mullett
and A. Kirby (BBTT, 6.1, Belfast, 1994), 162-175.
, (with B. Hill and D.C. Smythe), 'Zoe. The rhythm method of imperial
renewal', New Constantines, ed. P.Magdalino (Aldershot, 1994),
, 'Colour and the Byzantine rainbow', Byzantine and Modern Greek
Studies, 15 (1991), 66-95.
, (with Ruth Webb) '"To understand ultimate things and enter
secret places": ekphrasis and art in Byzantium', Art History,
14 (1991), 1-15.
of European Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SH, UK
Email: Liz James
+ 44 (0)1273 873611 or (0)1273 873525