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Graduate Student Julia Troche Receives Mellon Workshop & Graduate International Colloquium Fund from the Office of International Affairs

June 18, 2012

     The Mellon workshop, established by a grant from the Andrew Mellon
Foundation, is awarded to graduate students in the Humanities.
Typically Brown awards only five graduate workshops each year. The
workshop is intended to both provide a means by which to facilitate
dissertation completion and to foster communication across disciplines
within the academy. Each group is encouraged to bring visitors to
campus who will enable their participants to refine their writing and
promote new depths of understanding in their work. On a more regular
basis, the groups serve as forums to discuss their participants’
writing and explore topics of mutual interest, thus fostering an
environment of collaboration and intellectual exchange.
     Julia's workshop is entitled "Local Religious Practice in the Ancient
World." In her proposal, she writes of the motivations and
justifications of her workshop: "Religious practice has been an innate
part of the human experience. This workshop seeks to understand the
dynamic qualities of religious practice in local settings. These
practices are ephemeral and symbolically imbued. Accessing them is
challenging and demands a multifaceted theoretical approach. A 2005
conference at Brown, and subsequent book, “Household and Family
Religion in Antiquity,” successfully brought leading scholars
together, showcasing the University’s faculty as leaders in this
discourse. This workshop will uniquely provide a forum for Brown
graduate students to engage in this conversation – bridging
cross-disciplinary gaps through the presentation of theory from the
disciplines of history, anthropology, archaeology, and religious
     The Graduate International Colloquium Grants assist graduate students
from any discipline to prepare themselves professionally for work in
the global academy. Julia was awarded this grant for her proposal
which shares the name of her recently awarded Mellon workshop entitled
"Local Religious Practice in the Ancient World." She will use this
fund to invite an international scholar to speak at Brown,
complementing the 'local' scholars she will invite for her Mellon