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June 1, 2005


Catholic University to Host Early Christian Studies Conference


Seventeen international scholars will present papers about the challenges of running an interdisciplinary program in early Christian studies at a conference hosted by Catholic University Sunday, June 5, through Wednesday, June 8.


Speakers at the conference, “Early Christian Studies and the Academic Disciplines,” will examine the interrelationships among the disciplines that make up early Christian studies and how they can work together to develop deeper knowledge of the field.


Sponsored by CUA’s Center for the Study of Early Christianity, the conference will be held at the Life Cycle Institute. The conference is open to the public but a registration fee applies. The conference is free for members of the CUA community with a valid university ID.


The conference speakers and their discussion topics include:


Pauline Allen, Australian Catholic University, “Early Christian Studies and the Academic Disciplines: The Situation at Australian Catholic University


Olof Brandt, Swedish Institute for Classical Studies in Rome, “A History Written in

Bricks and Marbles: Architecture as a Source for Early Christian Liturgy”


Elizabeth Clark, Duke University, “Patristics in America


Ruth Clements, Kluge Center, Library of Congress, “Picturing the Cross: The Image in the Text and the Origins of Christian Typology”


Sarah Coakley, Harvard Divinity School, “Desire and ‘Mingling’ in Gregory of Nyssa:  A New Appraisal of his Anti-Apollinarian Christology”


Geoffrey Dunn, Australian Catholic University, “Approaches to Innocent I”


Jennifer Ebbeler, University of Texas at Austin, “Pleasing Two Masters? The Secret Life of a Junior Classicist”


James Francis, University of Kentucky, “Toward a Verbal-Visual Approach to the Study of Early Christianity”


James Kelhoffer, Saint Louis University, “Scientific, Sociological and Early Christian Perspectives on Food and Nutrition: Examining John the Baptist’s ‘Locusts and Wild Honey’”


Christopher Kelly, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, “Sailing Backwards from

Byzantium: Perspectives on Late Antiquity”


John Peter Kenney, St. Michael’s College, “Rehellenization: Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Studies”


Rev. Francis Moloney, S.D.B., The Catholic University of America, “What Came First? — Canon or Scripture: The Gospel of  John as a Test Case”


Karla Pollmann, University of St. Andrews, “Early Christian Studies and Reception



Philip Rousseau, The Catholic University of America, “Interdisciplined,

Multidisciplined, or Just Undisciplined?”


Linda Safran, University of Toronto, “Constantine’s Eyes, or The Case for Early Christian Art History”


Raymond Van Dam, University of Michigan, “Early Antiquity”


Mark Vessey, University of British Columbia, “Novum Instrumentum, Novum Organum: Early Christianity and the Disciplines between Erasmus and Bacon”


Catholic University’s Center for the Study of Early Christianity is one of just a few such centers in the world. Graduate students enrolled under the auspices of the center select courses from a range of disciplines that include history, Semitics, Greek and Latin, theology, Church history, canon law and philosophy. First established in 1980 as the Early Christian Studies Program, it became the Center for the Study of Early Christianity in 1998.


For registration information, visit: http://csec.cua.edu/conference/conference2005.cfm.   



















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