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: Applicants must be members of the AIA at the time of application; 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.
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.”