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MemberTravis Proctor

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.

MemberCsaba Szabó

Historian, archaeologist. My research is focusing on:

  • – Roman religion in the Danubian provinces, especially the case study of Dacia
  • cult of Mithras in Dacia and the Danubian provinces
  • history of archaeological thought in Romania and Central-East Europe
  • heritage of Béla Cserni and András Bodor
  • public archaeology in Romania

MemberJulia Mattes

Hello and good day, My name is Dr. Julia Mattes M.A. I am a researcher in prehistoric archaeology (and occasionally in art history). Due to a broad education and a liking for ‘thinking outside the box’ I enjoy to work in different fields of academia and have a wide-ranging expertise. I am a member of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University as well as an independent scholar and holder of a number of grants. So far I mainly worked with European prehistoric cult and religion, ancient diseases, climate change, ancient art and art history.

MemberMichael Anthony Fowler

Dr. Michael Anthony Fowler is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University (ETSU); he also serves as affiliate faculty in the Classical Studies and Religious Studies minor programs. An art historian and classical archaeologist, Prof. Fowler specializes in the art and material culture of ancient Greece and the Near East. His dissertation, “Human Sacrifice in Greek Antiquity: Between Myth, Image, and Reality” (2019), offers an archaeologically and art historically grounded inquiry into the historicity, forms, and meanings of human sacrifice. The project combines several of Fowler’s research interests, particularly the iconography and archaeology of ritual and violence in the artistic imagination. Prof. Fowler previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (2018-2019) at ETSU. He has also taught as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Classical Archaeology (2014) and as Art Humanities Instructor at Columbia (2013-2014; 2016-2017), where he earned the Preceptor Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Core Curriculum in 2014. Since 2015, Prof. Fowler has been an active member of the team excavating the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos (Boeotia, Greece), and for the past five years has served on the excavation’s senior staff as Supervisor of Site B (the administrative center). In summer 2018 he joined the excavation and scientific team working at the sanctuary of Apollo on the Cycladic islet of Despotiko. Since 2011 Prof. Fowler has also served as co-author of the Chronique Archéologique de la Religion Grecque (Kernos), on which he is responsible for Central Greece. Prof. Fowler was educated at Columbia University (Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A.), Tufts University (M.A.), Harvard University (M.T.S.), and The Colorado College (B.A.). His research has been generously supported by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Foreigners’ Fellowship, the Teach@Tübingen program, an Alliance Doctoral Mobility grant, the Riggio Fellowships in Art History, and a C.V. Starr writing grant.

MemberDaniel P. Diffendale

Mediterranean, sometime Classical, archaeologist. Currently I am researching the relationship between the ancient Romans, their volcanic landscape, and their built environment as director of the “Quarry provenience and Archaeological Dating of the Roman-Area Tuffs in Antiquity” (QUADRATA) Project. I also continue to study cult places in the context of local and regional political developments, with a particular interest in the 1st millennium BCE central Mediterranean, and am working on the architectural and ritual development of the sanctuary of Fortuna and Mater Matuta in Rome’s Forum Boarium during the Middle Republic, based on my recently completed dissertation titled “The Roman Middle Republic at Sant’Omobono.”

MemberOliver Dietrich

I am a Berlin-based prehistoric archaeologist involved in research projects between the Carpathian Basin and the Near East, with a focus on the Neolithic and Bronze Age. My research interests include the archaeology of religion and cult, metallurgy, agents of craft in prehistory, and distribution modes of prehistoric innovations.

MemberRobert von Thaden, Jr.

I trained as a biblical scholar under Vernon K. Robbins at Emory University and use his sociorhetorical interpretive analytic to perform my biblical interpretations. In that role, I am one of the associate editors of the Emory Studies in Early Christianity book series (SBL Press) along with Bart B. Bruehler. As a teacher, I am a generalist who offers a wide selection of courses at my institution. I am the only biblical scholar in my department, so I offer the courses on biblical (and other sacred) texts as well as in the history of Christianity: Sacred Texts, New Testament & Christian Origins, Women & Scripture, Desert Mothers & Fathers, and Christianity. I also offer a range of other courses, such as: What Is Religion?,  American Religion, Death & Dying, and Apocalypse to Zombie.