TCGLA21: Readings and Resources

Tremendous thanks to Shaily Patel and Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos for collecting the following.

Roundtable I

Sunday Plenary Sessions

Monday Plenary Sessions

Tuesday Plenary Sessions

Wednesday Plenary Sessions

Roundtable II

Texty and Linky Resources

Pedagogy Resources and Recommendations

NB: We’ve linked the social media profile of scholars who’ve been mentioned as resources without specific works. When social media profiles are private or unavailable, we’ve linked faculty webpages, online archives, and as a last resort, Wikipedia. 


Sunday Roundtable I: Method, Ethics, and Historiography in the Study of Late Antique Christianity

Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm (EST)


Young Richard Kim, ‎University of Illinois at Chicago

Annette Yoshiko Reed, New York University

David Maldonado Rivera, Kenyon College

Alexandra Leewon Schultz, Harvard University

Ekaputra Tupamahu, Portland Seminary


Readings and Resources:


Sunday Plenary Sessions


Session 1: Forming the Self: Ancient and Modern Receptions

Sunday 1:00-3:00pm (EST)

“A Trauma as Profound as That of Gnosticism”: Rereading John Noonan’s History of Ancient Positions on Contraception

          Tara Baldrick-Morrone

          University of Tennessee, Knoxville


“Care of the self” (ἐπιμελεία ἑαυτοῦ) in Gregory of Nyssa and Michel Foucault

          Niki Kasumi Clements

          Rice University


The Authority of Paul and Women in Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians

          Janelle Peters

          Loyola Marymount University


Respondent: Melissa Harl Sellew, University of Minnesota



Session 2: Poetics and Persuasion

Sunday 4:00–5:30pm (EST)

A Christian in the Caliph’s Court: The ‘Book’ in Timothy I’s Disputation with the Caliph Mahdī

          Abby Kulisz

          Indiana University


Blue God: Polychrome and Early Christian Mysticism

          Michael Motia

          University of Massachusetts, Boston


Bonds of Love: Conjuring Orthodoxy in John Chrysostom’s Homily in Praise of Meletios

          Sarah Porter

          Harvard University

Respondent: Jae Han, Brown University(edited)

May 30, 2021



Monday Plenary Sessions


Session 1: De-Centering the ‘Author’ in Late Ancient Christianity

Monday 10:00am-12:00pm (EST)

A Narrator by Any Other Name: Narrative Variation in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity Manuscripts

       Caroline Crews

       University of Texas at Austin


Recycled Text: Parallels between the Apostolic Constitutions and the Pseudo-Ignatian Letters

       Phillip Fackler

       University of Pennsylvania


How Manuscript Evidence Troubles the Notion of Strong Authorship. The Case of the Book of Hierotheos

       Nicolò Sassi

       Indiana University


Naming the Anonymous Persian Sage: Authorship and Syriac Historiography

       James E. Walters

       Hill Museum & Manuscript Library


Respondent: Andrew Jacobs, Harvard Divinity School



Session 2: New Materialism and Early Christianity

Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm (EST)

Ascetic Assemblages: Disruption and Experimentation in Early Christianity

       Katie Kleinkopf

       University of Louisville


The Matter of Daniel the Stylite

       Christopher Sweeney

       Fordham University


Adunatio Animae et Carnis: Irenaeus of Lyons and a Theology of Blood

       Allen G. Wilson

       Fordham University


Respondent: Kristi Upson-Saia, Occidental College


Session 3: Constructing and Disrupting Categories

Monday 4:00–5:30pm (EST)

Rethinking Adoptionism: An Argument for Dismantling a Dubious Category

       Jeremiah Coogan

       University of Oxford


The Limits of Collective “Orthodox” Authorship in Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History

       David DeVore

       California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Out of a Foreign Air: ApocAdam and the Appropriation of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

       Daniel Charles Smith

       University of Texas at Austin


Respondent: Rebecca Lyman, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Emerita(edited)

May 31, 2021


Tuesday, June 1


Session 1: Building and Breaching Boundaries in Late Ancient Discourses 

Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm (EST) 


From Periphery to Center: Reviewing the Place of the Holy Man in the Late Antique Ritual Landscape 

Camille Leon Angelo, Yale University 


Eternal Pain, Eternal Witness: Hell and Cosmology in the City of God and the Apocalypse of Paul 

Sara Misgen, Yale University 


Judgment and Vindication: New Insights on the Brescia Casket’s Visual Program and its Relationship to Text 

Julia Nations-Quiroz, Yale University 


The Curious Case of Eunomianism and the Law, 389-399 CE 

CJ Rice, Yale University 


Respondent: Maria Doerfler, Yale University 


Movie referenced during conversation (Reference and link provided by Colin Whiting)

Simón del desierto (1965)



Session 2: Augustine and Classical Rhetoric 

Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm (EST) 


[withdrawn] Augustine’s Dialogues 

Jennifer Ebbeler, University of Texas at Austin 


The Rhetorical Role of Social Martyrdom in Augustine’s Sermones ad Populum 

Diane Fruchtman, Rutgers University 


[withdrawn] Augustine’s Debate with Maximinus and the Limits of Forensic Rhetoric

Adam Ployd, Eden Theological Seminary 


Augustine’s Use of Imitatio in Confessions 7 

Mark Weedman, Johnson University


Respondent: Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College 



Session 3 Health and Injury 

Tuesday 4:00–5:30pm (EST) 


“This is What Physicians Do”: John Chrysostom’s Homily against the Jews 8 as a Response to Antiochene Jewish Healthcare 

Chance Bonar, Harvard University 


The Medical Imagination in Gregory of Nyssa’s De hominis opificio 

Charles (CJ) Schmidt, Rice University 


Virgin Acts: Blinding, Castration, & the Violence of Male Chastity 

Jeannie Sellick, University of Virginia 


Respondent: Candida Moss, University of Birmingham


Wednesday, June 2


Session 1: Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm (EST)


The Story of the Midwives in the Protevangelium of James: A Creative Use of a Johannine Motif

      Elizabeth Corsar, Scottish Episcopal Institute


Story World and the Expanded Universe: Fan Studies in Dialogue with the Apocrypha

       Tom de Bruin, Newbold College of Higher Education


The Act of Peter in Azotus and the Forgiveness of Devils

       Cambry Pardee, Pepperdine University


Respondents: Janet Spittler, University of Virginia, and Tony Burke, York University



Review Panel: Blossom Stefaniw’s Christian Reading

Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm (EST)

Michael Motia, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  1. Gregory Given, Harvard College

Kelsey Rodenbiker, Glasgow University

Jeremiah Coogan, Oxford University


Link to Blossom’s book (shared by Andrew Jacobs)



Roundtable II: Material Scholarship: Horizons in Late Antiquity

Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm (EST)


Nour Ammari, New York University

Solange Ashby, Barnard College

Alexander Hsu, University of Notre Dame

Brent Nongbri, MF Norwegian School of Theology



Resources (Collated from Discord, both texty and linky, but not including materials listed elsewhere.)



Pedagogy Resources and Recommendations