Archaeological Institute of America
Deadline: November 1, 2022
Purpose: The fellowship honors the memory of John R. Coleman, whose premature death deprived the field of a scholar of unusual integrity and promise. John R. Coleman graduated magna cum laude at Harvard University, held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Bonn, and pursued graduate study at Princeton University. He excavated at Aphrodisias and Morgantina. The Coleman Fellowship is to be used for travel and study in Italy, the western Mediterranean, or North Africa, between July 1 of the award year and the following June 30. The award may not support field excavation projects, nor may AIA fellowship funds be used for institutional overhead, administrative recovery costs, or indirect costs.
Requirements: To be eligible, applicants must have been AIA members (Graduate level) in good standing for at least one year by the application deadline; the recipient should remain a member until the end of the fellowship term and subsequent submission of an abstract and/or presentation at the annual meeting. Applicants must be engaged in dissertation research in a U.S. graduate program. Please note that all application materials (including references and transcripts) must be received at the AIA by the November 1 deadline. At the conclusion of the fellowship tenure, the recipient is required to submit a report on the use of the award to the Chair of the AIA Fellowships Committee. Within two years of tenure of the fellowship, the recipient is also expected to submit an abstract to the Program Committee, in order be considered for participation in the AIA Annual Meeting.
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Kearstin Jacobson, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, is the 2022 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation project, “Framing and Representing Procession (First Century BCE—Seventh Century CE): Roman Processional Architecture from City to Church,” aims to examine how architectural forms associated with processional movement evolved in appearance, spatial configuration, decoration, and use from the first century BCE to the seventh century CE in imperial cities across the Roman Empire. The Fellowship funds will support travel to sites in Italy and Spain in order to visit museums, libraries, and archives.
Crystal Rosenthal, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, is the 2021 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation project, “Agents on the Shore: Harbor Arches in Roman Port Cities,” aims to examine freestanding Roman harbor arches, with an emphasis on connections between iconography, context, and reception, and how the structures functioned within the communal fabric for urban dwellers, and within political, economic and social realities of the first and second centuries CE. The Fellowship funds will support travel to sites in Italy and to Alexandria, Egypt, in order to visit museums, libraries, and archives.
Christy Schirmer, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin, is the 2020 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation project, “Exploiting Riverine Resources in the Roman Empire,” examines river fishing in the Roman provinces as method for understanding the larger processes of social and economic change that resulted from Roman conquest. The Fellowship funds will support travel and research in Morocco, Italy, and Spain to examine archival materials and ichthyofaunal and artifactual evidence to determine the legal administration of fishing rights and the role of fishing cooperatives, and the impact of human activity on river ecosystems.
Christopher J. Eck, Jr., Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, is the 2019 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. His dissertation project, “Biochemical Reconstruction of the Diet and Mobility of Neolithic Agropastoralists from the Central Po Valley, Italy”, is a first-of-its-kind study of the earliest agricultural development in the region, involving an assessment of an excavated assembly of over 100 human burials and over ten preserved animal remains from the early Neolithic. Mr. Eck will use the fellowship funds to conduct sample collection in Italy and analysis, with the goal of shedding light on the foundations of Neolithic food economies and agropastoral development of the Po Valley fertile alluvial plain and Alpine foothills.
Katie Tardio, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the 2018 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation project, “Roman Conquest and Changes in Animal Economy in the North-East Iberian Peninsula,” involves the zooarchaeological examination of faunal remains from the ancient city Tarraco, Spain and surrounding sites to assess how livestock economies and landscapes were altered by Roman occupation. With the assistance of the fellowship, Ms. Tardio will conduct her work at the Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC) in Tarragona, with the goal of providing detailed analysis of the impact of Roman conquest on a regional center and its hinterland in Hispania.
Taylor Zaneri, Ph.D. candidate at New York University in the Department of Anthropology, is the 2017 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her dissertation project, “Rural Production, Peasant Participation, and State Power: The Reshaping of Medieval Italy,” focuses on the role of lower-class rural agricultural producers and animal-raisers in the development of the city-state of Lucca, Tuscany during the period 900 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Ms. Zaneri examines the wide-spread social, political, and economic effects of rural production activities and strategies through the use of settlement data and faunal remains from the region. The fellowship will allow Ms. Zaneri to spend five months researching and examining faunal material in the region.
Sophie Crawford Waters, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World at the University of Pennsylvania, is the 2016 recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship. Her doctoral project, “Daedala Tecta: Architectural Terracottas and Cultural Memory in Republican Italy”, uses architectural terracottas to examine the ways in which central Italian communities expressed civic identity through visual culture in the mid-to-late Republic. In particular, she will examine how these terracottas were employed to emphasize local traditions (Etruscan, Latin, Samnite, Auruncan, etc.). With the assistance of the fellowship, Ms. Waters will travel to Minturnae and Cosa, as well as their surrounding regions, to examine the areas’ terracottas in detail.
Andrew Dufton, Ph.D. candidate with the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, is the inaugural recipient of the John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship for his project, (Re-)Constructing North Africa: urban process and social change in the Roman City.
“During the first centuries of Roman control (2nd century BCE – 2nd century CE), the cities and towns of the Maghreb adopted many of the forms now associated with Roman urbanism. Although these physical changes are easy to spot archaeologically, the effects of urban development on the daily lives of inhabitants have not been questioned. What was the response of non-elite populations to elite-sponsored spatial restructuring? My work takes inspiration from urban anthropology and urban cultural history to consider these changes at two scales: regional analysis of the sequence of monumentalization, and micro-scale analysis of the impacts of urban processes on local communities. Research travel in the autumn of 2015 will support my local-scale analysis of cities in two stages: archival research with world-class collections of North African material in Rome, and ground-truthing legacy data at sites across Tunisia. This program of library research and non-intrusive, on-site data collection – coupled with my ongoing involvement in fieldwork at the North African sites of Utica and Bulla Regia – will inform the Tunisian case studies for my dissertation, and will provide new evidence for the connections between urban process and social differentiation in North African cities under Rome.”