Emilia Cottignoli (she/her) is an Art History PhD student. She researches Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval art and architecture with a focus on the body, gender, maternity, and power. Her recent work concerns gendering the medieval body and the phallic lineage of Christ. She explores queer theory, semiotics, structuralism as frameworks of inquiry. Her undergraduate thesis explored androgyny and construction of the self in Etruscan bronze mirrors from the third-century, B.C.