"I was trained in Aarhus, Leicester, Cambridge, Winnipeg, Athens and Rome. Currently, I am Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. I have recently finished a five-year collaborative research project, "The Emergence of Sacred Travel (EST): Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage", funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research's Sapere Aude research excellence programme. Since 2016, I have been Work Package Leader in the Horizon2020-funded "CoHERE: Performing and Representing European Identities" project, working on the role of Classical Antiquity in constructions of European and national identities. I also have a variety of administrative roles, such as directing the PhD Programme in History, Archaeology and Classical Studies in AU's Graduate School of Arts, and the research programme "Classical Antiquity and its Heritage"in the School of Culture and Society.
My research interests lie broadly within the study of visual culture in the ancient world, the material culture of ancient pilgrimage, late antique art and archaeology as well as the contemporary "consumption" of heritage. My first monograph, Making and Breaking the Gods. Christian Responses to Pagan Sculpture in Late Antiquity, was published in October 2013. Current projects include monographs on Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage and Classical Antiquity and European Identitites, both for Routledge, as well as anthologies on Going, Gathering and Giving: Economies of Sacred Travel in the Ancient World (co-edited with Anna Collar, to be published with Brill's "Religions in the Greco-Roman World" series), and Sacred Treasures. Collecting and Inscribing Art in Ancient Sanctuaries (co-edited with Jane Fejfer, to be published with Routledge's "Image, Text and Culture in Classical Antiquity" series)."
Professor Kristensen is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2018/2019.