NYMS Book Subvention Prize Awarded to Professor Costanza Dopfel

October 4, 2023

The New York Medieval Society offers sincere congratulations to Professor Costanza Dopfel, Professor and former Chair of Art and Art History at Saint Mary’s College of California, on receiving the NYMS Book Subvention Award to support the inclusion of 71 color images in her forthcoming volume, Maternal Materialities: Objects, Rituals and Material Evidence of Medieval and Early Modern Childbirth. 

This book of scholarly essays, which will be published by Brepols Publishers in 2024, ‘explores the material advantages and disadvantages of motherhood, the food and objects present in the birthing room, the evidence and memorialization of death in childbirth, attitudes towards the pregnant body, the material culture of healing and the ritual items used during childbirth.’

To read more about Maternal Materialities and to purchase an advance copy, please visit the website here. The New York Medieval Society congratulates the editor and all of the writers who composed essays for this fascinating study and contribution to the history of medieval art, women, and material culture.