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ISAW Students Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Christine Roughan

Doctoral student Christine Roughan was recently awarded the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean's Dissertation fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. This prestigious fellowship is intended to support students during their final year of dissertation writing. Christine's dissertation, entitled "The Little Astronomy and Middle Books between the 2nd and 13th Centuries CE," examines a Greek astronomical curriculum (the Little Astronomy) studied in Byzantine late antiquity along with its Arabic counterpart (the Middle Books), the latter of which circulated after the component texts were translated in the ninth century. The study examines the forms of these collections and how they developed. It then investigates their use as curricula and how they fit into intellectual and pedagogical practices for the relevant periods.

Georgios Tsolakis

ISAW doctoral student Georgios Tsolakis was recently awarded the NYU Digital Humanities Graduate Student Summer Fellowship for summer 2021. This prestigious fellowship is intended to support students working on research projects with a digital humanities component. Georgios will use the fellowship to advance work on his doctoral dissertation, "Ancestors and Family Traditions in the Hellenistic and Imperial Polis." In particular, Georgios will focus on building (and querying) a database of large sets of epigraphic evidence connected with the main research questions of his dissertation. Guided by the principles of Linked Open Data, Georgios will make his data sharable and will link to other existing databases, such as Pleiades and the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names.

Lylaah Bhalerao

Incoming ISAW doctoral student Lylaah Bhalerao recently received an All Disciplines Fulbright Award for the 2021-22 academic year.This prestigious award, which was granted by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, is intended to advance knowledge, promote civic engagement, and develop compassionate leaders through education exchange between the peoples of the US and the UK. Lylaah is looking forward to joining the ISAW community this fall and plans to focus her studies on the decolonization of ancient heritage sites in the eastern Mediterranean. She recently received her MPhil (with distinction) in Classics from the University of Cambridge, where she completed a thesis entitled "Displaying Greece in the British Museum in the Era of Decolonisation."