Karl Kinsella

Associate Lecturer


BA (Trinity College, Dublin), MSt and DPhil (University of Oxford)

Karl’s research focuses on the relationship between text and image in the Middle Ages, with a special interest in the movement of ideas across Europe and between Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities. In 2013 he was awarded the Hawksmoor medal for architectural history, and has since worked at the History Faculty at Oxford, as well as the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford. He is working on a monograph on the uses of architectural representations in the twelfth century, and has published on architectural drawings, Honorius Augustodunensis, as well as medievalism in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.



  • With Lesley Smith, ‘Honorius Augustodunensis’ in the Oxford Online Bibliography of Medieval Studies
  • ‘Richard of St Victor’s Solutions to Problems of Architectural Representation in the Twelfth Century’, Architectural History (forthcoming August 2016)
  • ‘Doors as Liminal Structures in the Late-Anglo-Saxon Period’, Leeds Studies in English (in preparation)
  • ‘”A Preference for Round Windows”: Hobbits and the Arts and Crafts Movement’, in Helen Conrad O’Briain and Gerard Hynes (eds.), Tolkien: The Forest and the City (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp. 87-97.

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Contact details

Dr Karl Kinsella
Associate Lecturer
History of Art
University of York
Room V/C/221

Tel: 01904 323371

Office Hours:

Thursdays 10-12