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Caitlin Hutchison

Visiting Fulbright Scholar


Caitlin Hutchison is a US Fulbright Scholar in the History of Art at the University of York for 2020-21 (extending into 2022). She specializes in the art and architecture of early medieval northwest Europe, with an emphasis on the monumental sculpture of Ireland and Great Britain. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) with a PhD in Art History, and previously earned a master’s degree in art history at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and a bachelor’s degree in history from Ferris State University (Michigan), where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Caitlin has undertaken work for a number of museums and collections, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is also currently the art history representative for the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies.

Caitlin’s project as a Fulbright Scholar will combine both research and teaching to investigate how polities at this time indicated their regional and local boundaries through landmarks that simultaneously expressed their identity, political legitimacy, and territorial control. Her scholarly work also looks at the form, iconography, and placement of these monuments to explore themes of compact, protection, and liminality. The specific research she will undertake focuses on a comparative analysis of the intersection of early medieval monuments in the British Isles and Ireland contextualized against a wider European practice. In addition to her Fulbright project, she is also revising her dissertation “The Multivocality of the Cross of the Scriptures: Claiming Victory, Kingship, and Territory in Early Medieval Ireland” for publication. Caitlin will teach a postgraduate module on Insular art as part of her Fulbright, focusing on such themes as monumentality, royal patronage, liminality, and the cultural relationships of the Insular world, both medieval and modern.

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Dr Caitlin Hutchison
Visiting fulbright scholar
History of Art