Archaia’s Postdoctoral Associate, Carolyn Laferrière, has accepted a two-year appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for the Premodern World, beginning in Fall 2020. The Center was founded in Fall 2019; it brings together premodernists from several departments in USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, including Classics, History, Religion, Art History, and East Asian Languages and Culture. The Center sponsors an annual interdisciplinary research seminar and centers its programming around thematic areas of focus – currently the Premodern Mediterranean, Sacred Ground, and the Early History of the Book.
Laferrière earned her PhD in 2017 from Yale University’s Department of History of Art. Since then, she has served as a Lecturer in Classics and History of Art. Her appointment as Archaia Postdoctoral Associate began in Fall 2018. Laferrière specializes in Archaic and Classical Greek art and archaeology, but her projects at Yale in the last two years have been broadly interdisciplinary. During the 2018-19 school year, she organized Archaia’s Ancient Societies Workshop, “Sensory Experiences in Ancient and Premodern Ritual.” She also curated an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual, which ran from November 2018 to March 2019 and brought together objects from many different cultures across the ancient world. As Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center, she’ll continue to further the interdisciplinary study of the ancient world through both teaching and research.
By Claire Saint-Amour