See what scholars participating in the Freie Universität Berlin project, “Episteme in Motion: Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period” are working on: The Transfer of Medical Episteme in the ‘Encyclopaedic’ Compilations of Late Antiquity


North American Patristics Society, Annual Meeting, May 2017, Chicago

Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching Medicine and Religion in Late Antiquity

Thursday May 25, 9am-noon

Chairs:  Jared Secord, Washington State University; Jessica Wright, University of Southern California; and Kristi Upson-Saia, Occidental College;

As Classics, History, and Religious Studies faculty become increasingly aware of the medical language and models in our sources, many of us want to talk about medicine, health, and the body in our classrooms. As yet, however, there are  few  resources or guides for teaching about these topics. This year’s ReMeDHe workshop will bring together a panel of teacher-scholars to lead a discussion on sources, methods, and best practices. In addition to sharing their syllabi, panelists will focus in particular on how they selected their readings (both primary and secondary), on engaging and effective assignments, on their use of technology and other active learning strategies, on recurring issues we face and how we deal with them, etc.

We have assembled a powerhouse panel of instructors who teach a variety of courses on these topics, who represent a variety of disciplines, and who teach at research universities and liberal arts colleges.

North American Patristics Society, Annual Meeting, May 2017, Chicago

Dissertation-to-Monograph Workshop 

 Wednesday May 24, 9am-noon

This is a rare opportunity for two junior scholars to receive detailed constructive feedback on a full first book manuscript, with responses from a senior scholar and a small group of formal participants. Over winter break, two recent PhDs circulated their dissertations to a collection of senior scholars with expertise in relevant areas. At the Spring workshop, one senior scholar will be assigned to offer comprehensive feedback, to which other participants will add their comments. The end of the day will be dedicated to general advice on approaching a publisher, book proposals, and strategies for effectively navigating the publication of the first book. A handful of junior scholars–ABDs and other recent PhD grads–will be invited to glean strategies regarding the process.

North American Patristics Society, Annual Meeting, May 2017, Chicago

ReMeDHe organized paper sessions

Session 6: FRIDAY MAY 26th, 1:30-3:10 pm

6D ReMeDHe session I: Intersections between Asceticism and Medicine in Late Ancient Christianity

  • Jonathan Zecher, “Does Medicine Agree with the Aims of Piety?” Toward a Re-evaluation of Ascetic Ambivalence to Medicine
  • Elisa Groff, Out of Sight Out of Mind: Asceticism as Medical Treatment for Hypersexual Disorders in St Mary of Egypt
  • Heidi Marx and Heather Penner, Suppurative Wounds and Necrotic Limbs: from Ancient Medical Discourse to Christian Hagiography
  • Chris De Wet, God’s Askēsis: Medical and Cultural Discourses of Old Age in Early Christian Literature

Session 7: FRIDAY MAY 26th, 3:30-5:10 pm

7D ReMeDHe session II: Early Christian Psychagogy and Care of the Soul

  • Wendy Mayer, John Chrysostom, Neuroscience and the Jews
  • Naoki Kamimura, Tertullian’s Approach to Medicine and the Care of Souls
  • Junghun Bae, Fear, Hope and Almsgiving: Revisiting John Chrysostom’s Approach to Redemptive Almsgiving
  • Jessica Wright, The Brain is the Treasury of the Marrow: Medicine and Economy in Theodoret of Cyrrhus

Session 10: SATURDAY MAY 27th, 9:00-10:40 am

10E ReMeDHe session III: Religion, Medicine, Health and Disability in Early Christianity  

  • Ashley Edewaard, Combative Digestion and Clement of Alexandria’s Rationale for Moderate Eating
  • Artemisa Rodrigues, The Slavery of the Stomach: Gluttony and Psycho-Somatic Health in the Discourses of Philoxenus of Mabbug
  • Candace Buckner, Made in an Imperfect Image: Ethnicity, Disability, and Infirmity in the Life of Aphou
  • Andrew Langford, Cauterized Conscience: Medical Metaphor and Medical Practice in Historical Perspective



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