Western European art and architecture 1100-1400; royal and ecclesiastical patronage; the art of liturgy and death; hagiography; wall, panel and manuscript painting; Cambridge illuminated manuscripts; international artistic relations.
- Senior Scientific Worker, Oriental Department, State Hermitage Museum
- Senior Scientific Worker, Oriental Department, State Hermitage Museum, Other Foreign Institutions, 2003
Medieval and social archaeology, particularly gender and religion; burial, magic and religious communities, including nunneries, monasteries, hospitals, Norwich Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey
The history of opera, particularly in 19th-century Italy; editorial work on Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini; critical theory; film music
The anthropology and history of art and material culture, especially in equatorial Africa and the western Indian Ocean; comparative work on themes such as memory, miniaturisation, and the experience of the environment