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MemberRobin Whelan

I am Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers the Christian identities and entanglements of imperial and royal officials in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).

MemberHolger Szesnat

Theologian. Born and raised in Germany. Lived, worked and learned in South Africa (1987–1998), England (2001–2009) and Fiji (1998–2001; and again from 2010 to mid-2021). Worked as a lecturer at the University of Natal [Pietermaritzburg, South Africa] (later: KwaZulu-Natal); University of the North [Mankweng, South Africa] (later: University of Limpopo); Eastern Region Ministry Course and Cambridge Theological Federation [Cambridge, UK]; Pacific Theological College [Suva, Fji]. Hoping to make my way to Papua New Guinea later in 2021 to take up a post as lecturer at the Senior-Flierl-Seminary, Logaweng, Morobe Province.

MemberMarta Albalá Pelegrín

Teaching and doing research on Late Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean Literature, Iberian News of “Conquest,” Theater and Diplomacy. Currently a Berenson Fellow at I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). Board Member of Directors of SNAP (The Spain-North Africa Project), Officer at PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association) and member of Diversifying the Classics, UCLA.

MemberJeremiah Coogan

…o Bausi, Bruno Reudenbach, & Hanna Wimmer (Studies in Manuscript Cultures 18; Berlin: de Gruyter).

2019. “Biblical Odes.” Pages 533–566 in Textual History of the Bible. Volume 2C: Deuterocanonical Scriptures, ed. Matthias Henze & Frank Feder (Leiden: Brill).

2018. “Divine Truth, Presence, and Power: The Christian Book in Fourth-Century Roman North Africa.” Journal of Late Antiquity 11/2: 375–395.

2017. “Mapping the Fourfold Gospel: Textual Geography in the Eusebian Apparatus.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 25/3: 337–357….

Jeremiah Coogan is a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity whose research focuses on Gospel reading, material texts, and late antiquity. His first monograph, currently under contract with Oxford University Press, analyzes Eusebius of Caesarea’s fourth-century reconfiguration of the Gospels as a window into broader questions of technology and textuality in the ancient Mediterranean. His current project, “Expanding the Gospel according to Matthew: Continuity and Change in Early Gospel Literature,” at the University of Oxford is funded by a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Research Council. He is also a 2019–2021 Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School (University of Virginia).

MemberAlexei Alexeev

I am an affiliated scholar pursuing research on the genesis of ophidian symbolism and iconography in the context of Early Jewish and Early Christian apocalyptic imagination. My research interests include: (1) genesis of Early Christian iconography and its relationship to classical Greco-Roman and Oriental art: reception, interpretation, appropriation, preservation, modification, and transmission; (2) cultural interactions between Eurasian civilizations during the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages; (3) reptiles and composite creatures in religious imagination, mythology, and art. From 1984 to 1989, I studied at the Department of History of the Astrakhan State Pedagogical Institute, specializing in the cultural history of the early Iranian nomads (focusing on the worldview, mythology, religious beliefs, and art of the Scythians and Sarmatians). I participated in seven archaeological expeditions in Southern Russia (including three conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the USSR Academy of Sciences). From 1991 to 1994, I completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. In 1995, I defended my thesis (Orthodox Iconology and Sophiology in the Concrete Metaphysics of Pavel Florensky) and received my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Religion. Since moving to Canada in 1997, I have worked in the high-tech industry as a UX/UI specialist. My portfolio includes a variety of digital projects for such major Canadian educational institutions and museums as the Canadian Historical Association, the Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of Canadian History), and the National Gallery of Canada. In July 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa. I have conducted numerous photo-expeditions around the world collecting the visual records of ophidian iconography in various cultural contexts. These are the highlights of my trips (year indicates the latest visit to the location):

MemberNathaniel Mathews

I am a historian of East Africa and the Indian Ocean world, with a particular focus on the history and identity of the Swahili-speaking community in modern Oman. My book manuscript, Children of the Lost Colony, explores the modern migrations of this community from East Africa to Oman in the 1960s and 70s, their memories of Africa, especially Zanzibar, and their generative role in the evolution of Omani national citizenship. I have also published on Islamic reform and Arab identity in Mombasa, Kenya, the making of an abolitionist consensus in modernist Muslim thought, and the Ibadhi madhab in modern East Africa.