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Katrina Rosie


Katrina is a fourth year PhD student in the history department at Queen’s University. Her dissertation focuses on the development of domestic protective practices in 5th-9th century Byzantium and aims to shed light on lived religion and rites which blur the boundary between religious and magical thinking. She uses the lens of contemporary anthropological theory to examine the role of the Late Antique/ Early Byzantine home as a ritual space and its connections to the realms of monastic and ecclesiastical development. 

Outside of the boundaries of Byzantine history, she is also interested in ritual theory, critical gender studies, folk traditions, material history and new approaches to cultural conservation.

Selected Publications

Protective Magic on the Byzantine Periphery

2021, “Protective Magic on the Byzantine Periphery: The Development of Apotropaic Devices” ARC: Journal of the School of Religious Studies 48

Locating the Kitchen and the Storeroom on the Ritual Landscape

“Locating the Kitchen and the Storeroom on the Ritual Landscape” in Ritual, Gender, and Media in the Early Christian World: Bodily Wholeness and Healing, edited by Richard DeMaris, Soham Al-Suadi, and Richard Ascough. Vol 2 of the “Ritual in the Ancient Mediterranean” series, Routledge (forthcoming)

Demons and the Rhythms of Domesticity

“Demons and the Rhythms of Domesticity in the Late Antique Home” in Female Religion and Practices in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Christianity, edited by Lilian Diniz in the “Women in Christianity” series, Brepols (forthcoming)

Awards and recognition

2022-2024   Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship

2022             Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship, awarded by Queen’s University and the University of Toronto in partnership with the Vorres Museum in Paiania, Greece

2021-2022    Marjorie McLean Oliver Women in Medieval Studies Scholarship, Queen’s University

2020-2021    Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario

2021              American School of Classical Studies in Athens Medieval Greek Summer School Grant

2019               R. Samuel McLaughlan Fellowship, Queen’s University

Department of History, Queen's University

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