PhD students Caitlin Mims and Madison Gilmore-Duffey were among the 12 graduate students selected from a slate of international applicants to participate in The Individual and Society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, a 3-day workshop held virtually this summer at the Dumbarton Oaks Harvard Center for Byzantine Studies.
The workshop considered how modern-day notions of identity apply to premodern concepts of individuals’ relationships to their broader social, religious, gender, ethnic, and official communities. Participants also discussed the practical challenges of displaying objects associated with individuals in museum contexts.
Caitlin also recently received a student research grant from the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), supporting work on her dissertation, “Hystera Amulets and Healing in the Middle Byzantine Period.”
The grant of $3,000 will support travel in the summer of 2022. Caitlin plans to travel to London and Oxford in England, then Athens and Corinth in Greece, to examine and photograph several unpublished Byzantine hystera amulets.