Dillon Gisch

Dillon Gisch

B.A., Art History and Classical Studies, University of Washington—Seattle
M.A., Anthropology, Stanford University
Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Stanford University
Dissertation Title
In Search of 'Other' Venuses: images of vulva-covering Venus at the margins of the ancient world and modern typological discours
Dillon Gisch received his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Stanford University. His dissertation investigated how images that modern viewers commonly consider  "replicas" of Praxiteles' famous Knidian Aphrodite engendered a diverse array of contextual significances for viewers in the ancient Roman world, including Etruria, Anatolia, and Syria. It also considered the modern typology that art historians have constructed and employed to collect, categorize, and catalog these images as well as its troubling connection to the discursive formation of pseudo-race science and eugenics. He has broad interests in visual culture; the historiography of art; social archaeology and art history; collecting, museum, and heritage ethics; empire and cultural appropriation; catalogs and cataloging practices; and legacy data analysis.
 
Previously, he received his B.A. in Classical Studies and Art History with Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has worked as a gallerist of early modern and modern (1450–1970) European, American, and Japanese graphic art on paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He has also excavated in central Italy at the ancient Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and the ancient Roman site of Cosa. 
 
The Europe Center and the American Academy in Rome have both featured portions of his dissertation research.
Research Interest(s)
Research Subfields
Ancient Greek Archaeology
Ancient Roman Archaeology
Classical Art
Classical Reception
Digital Humanities
Religious Studies
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