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Catherine Besancon


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Phone: (213) 740-8400
Office: SOS 153


Biographical Sketch

Cathrine Besancon advanced to doctoral candidacy in summer of 2008. Her research focuses on twelfth-century Romanesque sculpture in southern France. As a Chateaubriand fellow (2009-2010), Cathrine conducted research in France on her dissertation, “The French Romanesque Portals of Moissac, Souillac and Beaulieu: A Response to the Papal Reform Movement and Popular Heresy,” which explores the response in monumental sculpture to the challenges posed to Church authority both from within, the papal reform movement, and from without, the rise for popular heresy. Cathrine presented papers related to her dissertation at the International Medieval Society’s (Paris) April meeting in 2010, the International Medieval Congress, Leeds in the summer of 2009 and at the Visualizing Religion Seminar, an interdisciplinary meeting of faculty and graduate students at USC in the spring of 2008. For the summer of 2009, Cathrine was awarded the International Field Research Award from USC to conducted dissertation research in France. Cathrine has also received the Getty Memorial Scholarship (Summer 2007), USC Provost Fellowship (2005 - 2007) and the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Study Award (2005). Cathrine was also awarded the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences General Education Graduate Assistant Award (2008-2009) in recognition of outstanding teaching in the General Education Program. She received her M.A. in Art History from USC in 2007 and her B.A. from UCLA in 2005, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Medieval Art, with a concentration on the sociopolitical aspects of Romanesque art

Honors and Awards

Chateaubriand fellowship, 9/2009-6/2010  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Graduate Assistant Award , 2008-2009   
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