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Justin E A Kroesen

Professor, Material Culture of Christianity
  • E-mailJustin.Kroesen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 27
  • Visitor Address
    Villaveien 1a
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    106
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5007 BERGEN

Research topics:

- Medieval and early modern church architecture

- Church furnishings & Christian imagery of the Middle Ages and the early modern period

- The Reformation and its impact in the arts

- The problems and chances of religious heritage  

Topics in teaching:

- Christian Cultural Heritage

- Liturgy and the Arts

- Iconography

- Cultural History of Christianity

- Religious heritage in the norhern Netherlands

- The Bible and the arts

- Religion and material culture 

In 2013 Kroesen was elected as University of Groningen Teacher of the Year

Selection of publications

(2016) Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe. Architecture, Ritual and Urban Context, Turnhout: Brepols, 320 pp. (ed. volume, with Gerardo Boto)

(2016) Ultimate Ambiguities. Investigating Death and Liminality, NewYork: Berghahn Books, 278 pp. (ed. volume, with Peter Berger)

(2015) ‘Accommodating Calvinism. The Appropriation of Medieval Church Interiors for Protestant Worship in the Netherlands after the Reformation’ (chapter in Protestantischer Kirchenbau der frühen Neuzeit in Europa. Grundlagen und neue Forschungskonzepte, ed. volume by Jan Harasimowicz, Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner)

(2014) Die mittelalterliche Sakramentsnische auf Gotland (Schweden). Kunst und Liturgie, Petersberg: Michael Imhof, 240 pp. (book, with Peter Tångeberg)

(2014) ‘The Altar and its Decorations in Medieval Churches. A Functionalist Approach’ (article in Medievalia. Revista d’Estudis Medievals 17)

(2014) ‘The longue duree of Romanesque Altar Decorations: Frontals, Canopies and Altar Sculptures’ (article, in Paint and Piety. Collected Essays on Medieval Painting and Polychrome Sculpture, ed. volume by Noelle Streeton and Kaja Kollandsrud, London: Archetype)

(2012) The Interior of the Medieval Village Church, Louvain etc.: Peeters Publishers, 392 pp. (book, with Regnerus Steensma, 1st ed. 2004)

(2011) Kirchen in Ostfriesland und ihre mittelalterliche Ausstattung, Petersberg: Michael Imhof, 272 pp.(book, with Regnerus Steensma)

(2011) Sacred Places in Modern Western Culture, Louvain etc.: Peeters Publishers, 355 pp. (ed. volume, with Paul Post and Arie Molendijk)

(2010) Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity. Studies in the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer, Leiden/Boston: Brill, LVI + 701 pp. (ed. volume, with Jitse Dijkstra and Yme Kuiper)

(2010) Seitenaltäre in mittelalterlichen Kirchen. Standort-Raum-Liturgie, Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 160 pp. (book)

(2009) Staging the Liturgy. The Medieval Altarpiece in the Iberian Peninsula, Louvain etc.: Peeters Publishers, XIV + 607 pp. (book, expanded doctoral thesis)   

(2009) The Altar and its Environment, 1150-1400, Turnhout: Brepols, 314 pp. (ed. volume, with Victor Schmidt)

(2008) De Groninger cultuurschat. Kerken van 1000 tot 1800, Assen: Van Gorcum, 160 pp. (ed. volume, with Regnerus Steensma)

(2000) The Sepulchrum Domini through the Ages. Its Form and Function, Louvain etc.: Peeters Publishers, VIII + 230 pp. (book)

Books
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Nyborg, Ebbe; Sauerberg, Marie Louise. 2017. From Conservation to Interpretation: Studies in Religious Art (c. 1100 – c. 1800) in Northern and Central Europe in Honour of Peter Tångeberg. Peeters Publishers. 366 pages. ISBN: 978-90-429-3466-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Berger, Peter. 2016. Ultimate Ambiguities. Investigating Death and Liminality. Berghahn Books. 278 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78238-609-4.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Boto Varela, Gerardo. 2016. Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe. Architecture, Ritual, and Urban Context. Brepols. 332 pages. ISBN: 978-2-503-55250-7.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; smelik, Jan; van der Knijff, Jaco. 2016. Bach, het kerklied en het orgel. Studies uit de kerkelijke ‘achterhoek’ aangeboden aan dr. Jan R. Luth. 193 pages. ISBN: 978-90-824897-1-2.
Journal articles
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. De Bentheimer doopvon(ds)t van Meeden. Groninger kerken. 34: 149-156.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. De storm doorstaan. Continuïteit en verandering in de protestantse inrichting van middeleeuwse kerken ten tijde van de Republiek. Nieuwe Tijdingen. Over vroegmoderne geschiedenis. 1: 87-104.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. Ein Spiel des Ver- und Enthüllens. Romanische und frühgotische Chorschranken in Deutschland und anderswo’. Kleine Hefte zur Denkmalpflege. 12: 17-28.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. “Die predicktemplen sol men reynigen van allen altaren”. The Stripping of the Altars in Friese kerken. Alde Fryske Tsjerken. 16: 21-24.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Vroomheid in hout en steen. Een halve eeuw onderzoek naar historische kerken. Bulletin van de Stichting Bedehuizen Overijssel en Flevoland. 46: 21-42. Published 2016-10-30.
  • Van der Lans, Birgit; Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2014. How Europe Became Christian. Material Religion. 10: 402-405.
Book sections
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. The Preserving Power of Calvinism: Pre-Reformation Chancel Screens in the Netherlands. Chapter, pages 195-219. In:
    • Bucklow, Spike; Marks, Richard; Wrapson, Lucy. 2017. The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe. Making, Meaning, Preserving. Boydell & Brewer. 360 pages. ISBN: 9781783271238.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. Mellom Bergen og Bergamo. Lutherdommens bevarende makt. Chapter, pages 209-235. In:
    • Haug, Eldbjørg. 2017. Fra avlatshandel til folkekirke: Reformasjonen gjennom 500 år. Scandinavian Academic Press. 368 pages. ISBN: 9788230402146.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2017. Retabel und Tabernakelschrein. Auf Spurensuche nach einer niederländischen Sonderkonfiguration in der spätmittelalterlichen Altarausstattung. Chapter, pages 217-258. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Nyborg, Ebbe; Sauerberg, Marie Louise. 2017. From Conservation to Interpretation: Studies in Religious Art (c. 1100 – c. 1800) in Northern and Central Europe in Honour of Peter Tångeberg. Peeters Publishers. 366 pages. ISBN: 978-90-429-3466-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Veenhuizen, Koepelkerk. Een kerk voor een betere toekomst. x, pages 240-241. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Middelstum, Sint-Hippolytuskerk. Een kerk voor ridders en edelen. x, pages 212-215. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Midwolde, dorpskerk. Een barokke eretempel voor de adel. x, pages 154-157. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Krewerd, dorpskerk. Echo van het Ommelander kloosterleven. x, pages 58-61. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Ter Apel, kloosterkerk. Een middeleeuws interieurensemble van Europese allure. x, pages 86-89. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Noordwolde, dorpskerk. Een adellijke ereloge voor preek en avondmaal. x, pages 168-169. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Middeleeuwse orgels in dorpskerken. x, pages 133-144. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; smelik, Jan; van der Knijff, Jaco. 2016. Bach, het kerklied en het orgel. Studies uit de kerkelijke ‘achterhoek’ aangeboden aan dr. Jan R. Luth. 193 pages. ISBN: 978-90-824897-1-2.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Persisting Patterns. Aspects of Continuity in Dutch Church Interiors through the Calvinist Reformation. Kapittel, pages 317-327. In:
    • Verhoeven, Mariette; Bosman, Lex; Van Asperen, Hanneke. 2016. Monuments & Memory. Christian Cult Buildings and Constructions of the Past. Essays in Honour of Sible de Blaauw. Brepols. 392 pages. ISBN: 978-2-503-56973-4.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Boto Varela, Gerardo. 2016. Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe: Balance and Perspectives. Introduction, pages 1-6. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Boto Varela, Gerardo. 2016. Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe. Architecture, Ritual, and Urban Context. Brepols. 332 pages. ISBN: 978-2-503-55250-7.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; De Blaauw, Sible. 2016. Van romaans tot refodome. 100 jaar Nederlandse kerkinterieurs. Introduction, pages 16-37. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander. 2016. Kerkinterieurs in Nederland. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-9-46258-126-5.
  • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Luth, Jan R. 2016. Between Death and Judgment: Sleep as the Image of Death in Early Modern Protestantism. 9, pages 207-225. In:
    • Kroesen, Justin Ernest Alexander; Berger, Peter. 2016. Ultimate Ambiguities. Investigating Death and Liminality. Berghahn Books. 278 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78238-609-4.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Website www.protestantsecultuurschatten.nl on religious heritage of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) and Museum Catharijneconvent on the preservation of historic church interiors in the Netherlands 

Cooperation with Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken and Stichting Alde Fryske Tsjerken on religious heritage in the northern Netherlands 

- Analyzing the medieval church art collection of the University Museum of Bergen 

- The 'tabernacle shrine' as medieval altar decoration

- Medieval furnishings in Lutheran churches in Germany and the reasons for their survival