- Cult of saints, shrines, and relics
- Microarchitecture and sacred spaces
- Sacred boundaries, frames, and thresholds
- Port cities: mapping spaces and movements
Rebecca Johnson is a doctoral candidate at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Chriscinda Henry. Her dissertation, titled “Signaling Saintly Presence: Constructing Identity in Fourteenth to Seventeenth-Century Dalmatia,” focuses on the intersection between architectural space and sacred experience surrounding the development of select patron saints’ tomb-shrines. Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the fonds de recherche du Québec – société et culture (FRQSC). She is also supported by a Venetian Research Program grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Rebecca received her BA in Art History with a minor in French Studies (2016), and her MA in Art History and Visual Culture (2017) from the University of Guelph. In 2023, Rebecca was a research curatorial fellow at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). She has also written for galleries such as Art Mûr in Montreal. Rebecca is currently a pre-doctoral fellow in the Department of Dr. Tanja Michalsky at the Bibliotheca Hertziana.