In additition to teaching, RELS faculty are busy conducting their own research.
Prof. Wright is serving on the Advisory Board for the Enhancing Life Project at the University of Chicago, an interdisciplinary project on ways to enhance the qualities of human and non-human life through the 21st century.
This year Wright has presented guest lectures at the Zen Center of San Francisco, Boston University, and Dickenson College. He is completing an essay on doubt in Buddhist ethics for an edited collection of essays on Buddhist thought, and another on Buddhist ethics for the journal Pacific World. In September, Oxford University Press will publish Wright’s book entitled What Is Buddhist Enlightenment?
Prof. Upson-Saia was a featured speaker at the Politics of Dress and Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Societies: Past and Present conference in March 2016 (Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam). Her paper entitled, “(Re)theorizing Modesty: Gender, Religion, and Dress,” builds on her first book, Early Christian Dress, and her co-edited volume, Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity.
Collaborating with Dr. Heidi Marx (University of Manitoba), Prof. Upson-Saia continues to direct the ReMeDHe working group, bringing together 165+ international scholars who study the intersections of Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity. Profs. Marx and Upson-Saia have organized paper panels and a pre-conference workshop at the Oxford Patristics conference (Aug 2015) and the North American Patristic Society (May 2016); edited a special issue of the Journal of Late Antiquity; and are beginning work on a sourcebook on Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome, 500 BCE-500 CE. Prof. Upson-Saia continues her individual research on wounds and impairments in antiquity.
Prof. Upson-Saia continues to work on a new project on Roman gardens. In August 2015, she presented a paper on this new research at the Oxford Patristics conference, a paper entitled “Sexuality in the Garden: Priapus and the Christian Virgin Policing the Boundaries of the Good Life.” She is currently preparing an essay for publication.
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