Heather Hunter-Crawley’s research explores the relationship between religion and art under the Roman Empire and in Late Antiquity, particularly in pilgrimage, mystery cults, domestic cult, and Christianity. She is especially interested in the ways that ancient people’s world views and religious ideas were constructed through their sensory encounters with sacred objects and sites, and in the relationship between ‘paganism’ and Christianity. She attained her undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick, and her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Bristol, specialising in the lay Christian experience of pilgrimage and the Eucharist in Late Antiquity (particularly in Syria and the Holy Land). She has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks and Fondation Hardt, and has contributed to research projects, events, and publications in the UK, US, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Russia, and Denmark, and has also advised about the display of ancient religion in museums. She is currently writing a monograph on material religion in the Imperial Roman household.
Heather welcomes enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in ancient art, religion, and the senses.