CIAMS would like to congratulate our two 2017 MA Thesis Prize Winners, Jessica Plant and Juliana van Roggen! Their theses were nominated by CIAMS faculty as demonstrating excellence and originality in research and quality of writing. The CIAMS MA Thesis Prize comes with a $250 cash prize as well as recognition at the 2017 graduation ceremony.
Jessica Plant’s thesis is entitled “Asia Minor Ampullae: A Class of Their Own?” Her argument confronts standard art historical interpretations of a group of late antique “pilgrimage souvenirs”–terracotta flasks from Asia Minor. Employing archaeological approaches, she focuses on the materiality and reception of these ampullae from Asia Minor and offers an alternative understanding of their connection to sacred travel and devotion in late antiquity. After completing her MA with CIAMS, Jessica was accepted as a PhD student in the History of Art department at Cornell.
Juliana van Roggen’s thesis is entitled “Urban Planning and Cultural Identity in Pompeii: from the Alstadt to Vitruvius.” Her thesis studies Pompeii’s earliest settlement, or Altstadt, and connects it to other archaic cities through an analysis of urban form and orientation. She argues for a pan-Mediterranean tradition of urban planning which eventually influenced the later works of Vitruvius and which now challenges scholarly understanding of archaic cultural boundaries. After graduation, Juliana will be completing an internship with Joshua Tree National Park as an archaeologist and archivist.