MA, PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Eastern Illinois University
Dr. Wicker’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the reception of Roman art in Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period. She is especially interested in how Late Roman medallions inspired stamped gold pendants known as bracteates, which were worn by elite women across northern Europe. Wicker has collaborated with a contemporary goldsmith to reconstruct early medieval jewelry techniques and publishes on gender in archaeology, female infanticide during the Viking Age, Germanic animal-style art, and runic literacy. She has co-edited three books on gender and archaeology, most recently Situating Gender in European Archaeologies (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010).
Recent and upcoming presentations
In 2011–2012, Wicker presented a keynote lecture at the “Workshop Workshop: The Elusive Smithies” at the Center for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA), Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany, and lectured at Lund University in Sweden. In May 2012, she traveled to Greece to participate in the second year of the Getty Foundation Seminar on The Arts of Rome’s Provinces, after visiting Roman sites in Britain with the seminar in 2011.
In the fall of 2012, she will present an invited paper at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Helsinki, Finland, and will deliver a keynote address at the conference on “Generations and Traditions: How Design Moves Forward” at the University of St. Thomas. In June 2013, she will present a refereed paper at the Eleventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire on “Rome and the Worlds Beyond Roman Frontiers,” held at New York University.
Wicker’s 2011–2012 publications
“Christianization, Female Infanticide, and the Abundance of Female Burials at Viking Age Birka in Sweden,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 21:2 (2012): 245–262.
“Nimble-fingered Maidens in Scandinavia: Women as Artists and Patrons,” pp. 865–902 in Reassessing Women’s Roles as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture, vol. 2, edited by Therèse Martin. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
“‘The Four Smiths’ and the Replication of Bracteate Techniques,” pp. 33–44 in Det 61. Internationale Sachsensymposion 2010 in Haderslev, Danmark (Arkæologi i Slesvig/Archäologie in Schleswig, Sonderband) edited by Linda Boye et al. Neumünster: Wachholtz, 2011.
“Would There Have Been Gothic Art without the Vikings? The Contribution of Scandinavian Medieval Art,” Medieval Encounters 17 (2011): 198–229. Reprinted in Confronting the Borders of Medieval Art, edited by Jill Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, and Linda Safran. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
Summary of honors, fellowships, and grants
Wicker has been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and is the first woman elected to foreign membership in the Philosophical-historical Section of the Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala, Sweden. She also was named the first (and only) American chosen for membership in the Sachsensymposion, an international archaeological society.
Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, as well as grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Numismatic Society, and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and several Scandinavian sources.
Service to professional societies
Wicker currently is President of the Society of Historians of Scandinavia and serves on the Runic Advisory Group for the International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions. She recently completed service on the Executive Council of The Medieval Academy of America and has also served on the boards of the International Center of Medieval Art and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.
Before coming to Oxford, Mississippi, as Chair of the Department of Art, Wicker was Director of the Scandinavian Studies Program and Professor of Art History at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Germany and Sweden, including the Viking Age trading center of Birka. After completing an undergraduate double major in art history and three-dimensional art studio, she went to the University of Minnesota where she received her M.A. in art history and Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Ancient Studies, with an individualized program encompassing Scandinavia art history, archaeology, and philology.
The medieval classes that Dr. Wicker will be teaching this year are Viking Art and Archaeology in the fall of 2012, and Early Medieval Art and Archaeology during the spring of 2013.
Courses at The University of Mississippi:
AH 101 Introduction to Art (not for art or art history majors)
AH 101 Introduction to Art (Honors)
AH 332 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art
AH 334 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 332)
AH 336 Viking Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 336)
AH 338 Romanesque and Gothic Art
AH 401 Research and Writing in Art
AH 530 Medieval Art (for graduate students)