Layla Seale is an external PhD candidate and recently served as the 2017-2019 Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). Her dissertation examines representations of Hell, devils, and demons within fifteenth-century Northern European painting and illuminated manuscripts. Specifically, her project investigates images of demon bodies and behaviors which convey the complex intelligence, sexualities, and personalities of devils. By combining visual analysis and historical context with recent theories of animal studies, posthumanism, and monsters theory, she hopes to shed new light on demons and devils within the late medieval imagination.
Layla also recently joined the editorial boards for the seventh issue of the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference and the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society blog.