Doctoral candidate Caitlin Mims is the recipient of a Fulbright Greece-Turkey Joint Research Award for the 2023-24 academic year. This joint award is provided by the Greek and Turkish Fulbright Commissions and allows students to engage in comparative trans-regional research and/or study. Caitlin will conduct research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and at Marmara University in Istanbul.
“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to conduct dissertation research in Greece and Türkiye and to represent the United States as a Fulbright Research Award recipient,” said Mims. “Many thanks are due to my advisor Lynn Jones, the Department of Art History, and the Office of National Fellowships for their mentorship and support of my project.”
While abroad, Caitlin will study a group of Byzantine amulets which depict the “wandering womb” and were used to treat gynecological issues in women. This group is vital evidence of the intersection of magic, medicine, and religion in the Middle Byzantine period. She will examine amulets in the collections of the Benaki Museum and the Athens Numismatic Museum while in Greece and the Haluk Perk Collection, the Rezan Has Museum, and the Istanbul Archeological Museum in Türkiye.
“Earning a Fulbright scholarship is a rare honor,” said Lorenzo Pericolo, chair of the Department of Art History. “It requires a solid research project, carefully formulated and promising in its outcomes. Caitlin worked hard to succeed in this. She and students like her set the example for new generations of doctoral candidates.
Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Student Awards program offers grants for recent college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals to study, research, and/or teach English in participating countries around the world for one year. Caitlin is one of nine outstanding Florida State University graduate students and alumni who were awarded Fulbrights for the 2023–24 academic year.