Inaugural Graduate Conference on Early Christian Studies: Memories

May 23-25, 2022


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Conference Program

Monday, May 23

9:15-9:45 a.m. Opening remarks

  • Timothy Matovina, Chair, Department of Theology
  • Luca Grillo, Chair, Department of Classics
  • Hildegund Müller, Director, Program of Early Christian Studies

9:45-11:00 a.m. Session 1: New Testament (chair: James Whitaker)

  • Kendall Davis, The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Christianity as Revelatory Religious Experience: Faith, Christology, and Israel’s Scriptures in the Gospel of Luke
  • Lilly Davis, The Independent Works of Luke: Further Evidence on the Early Christian Reception of Luke and Acts
  • Eric E. Richter, The Father of the Church and the Woman Apostle: (Pseudo)Epiphanius of Salamis and his Interpretation of Rm 16:7 in Light of the Current Debate (on Zoom)

11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee break

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Session 2: Testimonies of Christian Life (chair: Susan Francino)

  • Madeline Link, A Woman with a Plan: Female Agency and Leadership in the Itinerarium Egeriae
  • Melissa Yorio, An Analysis of Early Christian Graffiti found in Smyrna and Aphrodisias
  • Maddie Hoaglund, Remnants of Feminine Power: An Examination of Epigraphy in Ankara (on Zoom)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:15 p.m. Session 3: Latin Fathers (chair: Melissa Yorio)

  • Marissa Swan, Reading the Body, (re)reading Lactantius’ De Opificio Dei
  • Elise Abshire, “Trophies of Glory”: St. Augustine on Martyrs, Disability, and Resurrected Woundedness in Late Antiquity
  • Michael Durant, United Bishops and the Boundaries of Communion: The Mediating Role of the Bishop-Priest in Cyprian of Carthage
  • Karl Berg, Augustine of Hippo and Late Roman Slavery

3:15-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:30-4:45 p.m. Session 4: Poetry and Art (chair: Rachel Edney)

  • Domenico Praticò, Cosmopoiesis and Ideology in Late Antique Greek Poetry (on Zoom)
  • Kyle Dillon, The Aqedah in Late Antique Liturgical Poetry
  • Lauren Beversluis, Martyrdom and Communion in the Mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale

4:45-5:00 p.m. Coffee break

5:00-6:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture: Robin Jensen (Department of Theology), Visual Typologies: Prodigies of the Passion in Early Christian Art

6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner reception at Jenkins-Nanovic Hall (Atrium)

Tuesday, May 24

9:00-10:45 a.m. Session 5: Latin Poetry (chair: Theresa Crnkovich)

  • Christine Ascik, Haec Opulentia Christicolis: Prudentius and the Christian Diet
  • Susan Francino, Violence in Prudentius’ Peristephanon
  • Bramwell Atkins, Desire and Documents in the Consolation of Boethius
  • Hannah Resnick, Riddles in the Dark (Ages)

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture: Éric Rebillard (Cornell University), Early Martyr Narratives as Living Texts: The Case-Study of North Africa

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:15 p.m. Session 6: Origen (chair: Luísa Portilho Andrade)

  • Christopher Enabnit, Interpreting Traces of Divine Power in Origen of Alexandria’s Contra Celsum
  • Hilary O. Nwainya, Apokatastasis and Eternal Suffering: Can there be a Dialogue between Origen and Augustine? (on Zoom)
  • Adam Wyatt, Origen’s City of God

2:15-2:30 p.m. Coffee break

2:30-4:15 p.m. Session 7: Christians and Ancient Culture (chair: Karl Berg)

  • John Ladouceur, ‘Dicta ex te et per te’: The Apocryphal Letters of Paul and Seneca and Fourth-Century Christian Debates About Rhetorical Eloquence (on Zoom)
  • Regina Nagan, The Parallel Lives of Cornelia and Macrina: Mothers and Subversive Femininity
  • Ben Moon-Black, Allegory, Education, and Quotation in Julian’s Seventh Oration
  • Reed J. Morgan, Exegetical Encyclopedism: Isidore of Seville’s Scriptural Writing as Memory Aid, Spiritual Pedagogy, and Cosmic Theology

4:15-4:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:30-6:15 p.m. Session 8: Greek Fathers (I) (chair: Adam Wyatt)

  • Andrew Kneeland, The Council of Nicaea and the Changing Function of Creeds
  • Hayden Hagerman, Symbolizing Virginity: The Hermeneutics of the Symbol in Gregory of Nyssa’s On Virginity
  • Milanna Fritz, Monastic Ascent as Paschal Anamnesis: Reception of Nazianzus’ Oration 45 in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua 45-60
  • John Reilly, Peace Surpassing Understanding: The Strategic Christology of Pseudo-Dionysius

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Wednesday, May 25

9:00-10:45 a.m. Session 9: Syriac and Anti-Chalcedonian Writers (chair: John Reilly)

  • Rachel Edney, The Eucharist in John Rufus’ Plerophories
  • Michelle Freeman, Body and Senses in Ephrem’s Madrashe contra haereses and Madrashe de fide: Polemics and Epistemology (on Zoom)
  • Maroun El Houkayem, A Syriac Orthodox Community of Discourse: From Timothy Aelurus to Daniel of Ṣalaḥ (on Zoom)
  • Cana Kanda, Faith as Mother in the Discourses of Philoxenos of Mabbug

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Session 10: Greek Fathers (II) (chair: Milanna Fritz)

  • Joshua Wong, The Death of Christ in the Thought of St Maximus the Confessor
  • Samuel Korb, Configuring Divine Transcendence: Origen, Athanasius, Maximus
  • James Whitaker, The State of Scholarship on St Nilus of Ancyra
  • Luísa Portilho Andrade, Remembering the ἐνυπόστατον — Chalcedonian Christology and its Modern Remembrance

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch reception at Jenkins-Nanovic Hall (Atrium)

We look forward to welcoming you at our next event!

Hildegund Müller, Director

The students of the Program of Early Christian Studies:

  • Bramwell Atkins
  • Karl Berg
  • Theresa Crnkovich
  • Rachel Edney
  • Tess Fitzsimmons
  • Susan Francino
  • Lucy Grinnan
  • Gabriel Parlin
  • James Schetelich
  • Adam Wyatt
  • Melissa Yorio