“Beyond Scare Quotes:
Rethinking Words and Things in the Study of Ancient ‘Judaism’ and ‘Christianity’”

PSCO Graduate Student Conference,
Monday, 11 April 2011
Nevil Classroom, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Our PSCO conference on 11 April 2011 will wrap up our year’s discussions with graduate student presentations on a rich range of related topics and with a keynote address by Daniel Boyarin. (For further description, see this year's PSCO topic and the conference's Call for Proposals.)

Conference Schedule

9:00–9:15 am — Welcome & Introduction

9:15–10:45 am — Session I

Chair: Annette Yoshiko Reed (University of Pennsylvania)

Emanuel Fiano (Duke University), “Jewish-Christians & Heteroousians in Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions”

Phillip Fackler (University of Pennsylvania), “Rewritten Gospel: Rewriting the Relationship between Jews, Israel, & Jesus-believers in the Gospel of Nicodemus”

Thomas Dixon (Princeton Theological Seminary), “How Jewish is the Adulterous Thief in Romans 2?”

11:00am-12:30pm — Session II

Chair: Natalie Dohrmann (University of Pennsylvania)

Carrie Duncan (University of North Carolina), “‘Honor’ vs. ‘Function’: Challenging the Terms of the Debate on Synagogue Titles”

Emerson Avery (University of Pennsylvania), “The Ecumenical Remains of Sectarian Lives: Material Culture & the Construction of Christian, Jewish, & Pagan Death in Late Roman Palestine”

Jacob Feeley (University of Pennsylvania), “Josephus Discovers Judaism?”

1:45–2:45 pm — Keynote Address

Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley), “The Gospels as a Jewish Thing: What is Judaism When Christians Are in on it?”

3:00–4:30 pm — Session III

Chair: David Stern (University of Pennsylvania)

David Jorgensen (Princeton University), “Is ‘Proto-Orthodox Christianity’ More Like a Protoceratops, a Protostar, a Prototype, or Proto-Blues?”

Tammie Wanta (University of Pennsylvania), “Biblical Fluidity and Scriptural Claims: Considering the Paradise Narrative”

Jennifer Eyl (Brown University), “Out of the Theory Conference and Into the Classroom: Introducing Non-Theologically-Invested Translations of the New Testament in University-Level Religious Studies Classes”

5:00–6:30 pm — Session IV

Chair: Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania)

Phillip Webster (University of Pennsylvania), “Is Christianity a Thing that Walks? Ambrose of Milan’s Strut and the Making of Christianity”

Jennifer Barry (Drew University), “Contingent Orthodoxies: The Exiled Subject in Athanasius’ Apologia de fuga sua

Todd Berzon (Columbia University), “The Double Bind of Christianity’s Judaism: Chrysostom, Law, and the Rhetoric of Instability”


All events will be held in the Nevil Classroom, located in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the University of Pennsylvania. The Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia.

All are welcome, and there is no preregistration or fee. If you are planning to attend some or all of the event, we would be grateful if you could let us know so that we’ll have some sense of the numbers for coffee, etc. Please email Phil Webster

A flyer in PDF format is available.

For more information, contact Phil Webster

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins (PSCO), and by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ancient Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies Program, & the Student Government of the Graduate Students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SASgov).