Background and activities

Academic interests:

  • Medieval textile art
  • Materiality
  • Medieval aesthetics
  • The sacred and the secular
  • Early modern print culture 
  • Contemporary Textile Art 


PhD project

Wrapping the sacred – a study of the materiality and religious significance of ecclesiastical textiles from late medieval Scandinavia, c. 1400 – 1550.

A large number of medieval ecclesiastical textiles are preserved from churches and cathedrals across Scandinavia. These textiles must be contextualised and understood as objects of meaning within the broader field of medieval art history. Although research has been conducted on the technical aspects of ecclesiastical textiles, mainly their techniques, provenance and dating, and their relationship to the broader medieval textile production, few studies have focused on how these textiles functioned as worn clothing and liturgical objects within the medieval church. Alfred Gell has argued that practices of wrapping objects, spaces and bodies are symbolic techniques for protecting and controlling the sacred. The purpose of this study is to explore how ecclesiastical textiles constructed sacred space and sacred bodies in late medieval Scandinavia. The study intends to research how the preserved textiles were used as textile wrappings, and how these strategies of wrapping relate to concepts of sacred space and sacred bodies.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2018) The Linköping Mitre: Ecclesiastical Textiles and Episcopal Identity. Charismatic Objects. From Roman Times to the Middle Ages.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2014) Til Guds Ære og kirkens prydelse: 1700-talls interiøret i Gildeskål gamle kirke. Gildeskål gamle kirke. Marmorkirka ved nordvegen.


  • Haugan, Idun; Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2018) Fant unikt teppe fra middelalderen. Gemini [Internett]. 2018-03-20.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2018) Alteret i kontekst: Liturgiske tekstiler i Nordens kirkerom i senmiddelalderen. Ikonografisk Symposium . Nordisk Ikonografisk Symposium; Stiklestad. 2018-09-01.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2018) Parchment, and Silk: Tracing Medieval Embroidery. MEMS Medieval Festival . University of Kent; Canterbury. 2018-06-16.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2018) Textiles in Early Medieval Stave Churches. UNESCO workshop about Urnes Stave Church . Margrete Syrstad Andås, NTNU; Urnes. 2018-09-23 - 2018-09-25.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan; Haugan, Idun. (2018) Nett-TV: Unikt teppe fra middelalderen ble funnet på loft. [TV]. 2018-03-20.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2017) Broderi i norrøn middelalder. Seminar om Bildentekstilet . Steinhusets venner; Hadeland. 2017-11-26 - 2017-11-26.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2017) Skal rekonstruere teppe fra 1100-tallet - etterlyser villsau. Avisen Hadeland [Avis]. 2017-10-26.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) En glemt tekstilarv: Silke, fløyel og gull i katedralen. Fagdag for Nidaros Domkirkes Restaureringsarbeiders ansatte . Nidaros Domkirkes Restaureringsarbeider (NDR); 2016-03-17.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Gullengelen fra Uvdal stavkirke: Opus Anglicanum i Norden. Nordisk Ikonografisk Symposium . Nordisk Ikonografisk Symposium; Visby. 2016-08-26.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Historisk gull og glitter. NRK Trøndelag [Tidsskrift]. 2016-04-26.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Intervju om kledet fra Hustad kirke i 'God ettermiddag Trøndelag'. NRK Trøndelag [Radio]. 2016-04-26.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Klær og makt. Norgesglasset, NRK P1 [Radio]. 2016-08-31.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Refil og Tjeld. Tekstiler i middelalderen c. 1200 - 1550. Seminar for ansatte ved Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter . Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter; Verdal. 2016-04-15.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Reframing the Margin: The Human Face as Beauty or Beast. Medieval & Early Modern Studies Festival, Kent University . Kent University and CHASE UK; Canterbury. 2016-06-16.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Sensory Fasting and Lenten Textiles. International Medieval Congress (IMC Leeds) . University of Leeds, Centre for Medieval Studies; Leeds. 2016-07-06.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Stiches in Time: The Reuse of Medieval Ecclesiastical Embroideries. Re: generate Postgraduate Conference . St Andrews University; St Andrews. 2016-05-07.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) The Margins of Opus Anglicanum: English Embroidery in Medieval Norway. Work in Progress Seminar . The Victoria and Albert Museum, Research Department; London. 2016-06-14.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2016) Why Textiles Matter: Ecclesiastical Textiles from Late Medieval Scandinavia. Himmelsk Vev . Universitetsmuseet i Bergen; Bergen. 2016-11-29.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2015) En glemt tekstilarv. Silke, fløyel og gull i middelalderens kirkerom. Stiklestadseminaret 2015 . Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter; Stikelstad. 2015-11-19 - 2015-11-20.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2015) Makt og miskunn i et middelaldersk kirketekstil. Seminar i middelalderens kunst- og bygningshistorie ; 2015-03-05 - 2015-03-05.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2015) Why Textiles Matter. ECHO seminar and workshop . ECHO research group, the Historical Museum in Oslo; 2015-10-19 - 2015-10-20.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2015) Why Textiles Matter: The Bremnes Chasuble. Matter and Materiality . Universitetet i Oslo; 2015-12-04 - 2015-12-05.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2015) Why Textiles Matter: en presentasjon av ph.d. prosjektet mitt. IKMs forskningsforum . Institutt for kunst og medievitenskap; NTNU. 2015-11-05.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2013) 1700-talls inventaret i Gildeskål kirke. Grubleseminar ; 2013-08-14 - 2013-08-18.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2013) Heads up!: Ashlar Heads on Exterior Walls of Romanesque Parish Churches from the Nidaros Province. International Medieval Congress Leeds 2013 ; Leeds. 2013-07-01 - 2013-07-04.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2013) Kirketekstiler fra middelalderen – Fortellinger gjennom nål og vev. Foredrag . Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter; 2013-09-25.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2013) MUSEUM. NRK [Radio]. 2013-09-07.
  • Nødseth, Ingrid Lunnan. (2013) Munch og Trondheim. Foredrag . Den kulturelle Spaserstokken/ Trondheim Kommune; Trondheim Kunstforening. 2013-09-04.