July 14, 2023

The Center for Culture, Society and Religion at Princeton University is pleased to announce that Lauren K. McCormick will be joining us in the Fall as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. McCormick will create a video podcast using ancient figurines as a proxy to discuss contemporary issues. McCormick has worked to expand the parameters (iconographic, material, affectual) through which Judean Pillar Figurines are understood by digitally restoring their paint. In each episode, she will interview a trailblazing scholar about a topic that these figurines (or their study) invite. Subjects of interest include: gender diversity, the timelessness(?) of emotions, intellectual honesty in AI-based research, the popular appeal of nude art through time, racism in the recolorization of ancient artifacts, and new materialism (e.g., do objects have agency?). The video podcast will take a casual tone as it explores various cutting-edge technologies, approaches, and ideas driving Religious Studies today.