The Centre is delighted to announce that Jas Elsner is to become an Honorary Fellow. Jas Elsner is perhaps best known for his outstanding published works on Art in the ancient world, including several books with OUP and CUP. He studied Classics and Art History at Cambridge, Harvard and London, taking his doctorate from King’s College Cambridge in 1991. After a research fellowship at Jesus College Cambridge, he taught the art history of Greek and Roman antiquity at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London for 8 years as a Lecturer and Reader, before coming to the Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellowship in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus in 1999.
He has been a regular Visiting Professor of the History of Art at the University of Chicago from 2003-13 and from 2014 has been Visiting Professor of Art and Religion in the Divinity School and the History of Art Department there. He has held visiting attachments at the British School at Rome, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, UCLA, the Institute of Fine Art in New York and Princeton University.
He serves on the editorial boards of a number of Journals around the world and is joint editor of two monograph series, Greek Culture in the Roman World, with the Cambridge University Press and Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage. Since 2013 he has been Principal Investigator on the Empires of Faith Project between the British Museum and Wolfson College, Oxford, which is exploring the visual cultures of the world religions in the Mediterranean and Asia between 200 and 800 AD.