Sean Leatherbury is an Honorary Research Associate for the project “Late Antique Egypt and the Holy Land: Archaeology, History, and Religious Change” at the University of Oxford. He will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from September 2013 through March 2014. Leatherbury graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History of Art from Yale University and received an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in History (Late Antique and Byzantine Studies) from the University of Oxford. An art historian whose research combines an interdisciplinary approach to works of Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine art with a focus on ancient understandings of the relationships between image, space, material, and text, he was recently a Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) Visiting Research Fellow at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem (Summer 2013). While in residence at the BGC, Leatherbury will work on a book-length project entitled Late Antique Building Inscriptions between Reading and Seeing. This project will focus on the relationship between the visual and verbal functions of building inscriptions, especially the reception of inscriptions as both text and decoration. Expanding upon the primary material covered in his doctoral dissertation, Leatherbury’s current research will examine Late Antique building inscriptions in all mediums in their spatial, cultural, and religious contexts, including secular, pagan, and Jewish texts, returning Christian inscriptions to the wider multicultural and multilingual world in which they were produced and concentrating on the impact of medium and material on the production, reading, and interpretation of texts.
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