Jan-Georg Deutsch Scholarship in African History, 2018-21
Lady Wallis Budge Prize for Academic Excellence, 2016
I specialise in Egyptian history, early Christianity, and the Coptic language. My thesis analyses the representation of visions in hagiography preserved in Coptic, focusing on how it differs according to the characters experiencing visions and how it fits into the broader context of miracles in hagiography in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. For this project, I am working with the Faculty of History and the Griffith Institute. I passed my Transfer of Status in Trinity Term 2019 and my Confirmation of Status in Trinity Term 2021, both without corrections.
Alongside my thesis, I have studied Arabic, Ethiopic, Classical and Byzantine Greek, and Syriac.
I have a wide range of teaching experience, and am currently a graduate tutor in the Griffith Institute for the Elementary and Advanced Coptic courses on which I teach Coptic language and texts and Egypt's Byzantine and early Islamic history, and have previously taught archaeology and the history of Egyptology. In Trinity Term 2020 I passed the university's Developing Learning and Teaching course and in Hilary Term 2022 I undertook the Ashmolean Museum and TORCH's Eloquent Things teaching with objects course. As well as teaching, I do a lot of outreach for the University of Oxford, ranging from open days to one-to-one mentoring, and am currently a Graduate Outreach Tutor with the History Faculty and participating in the Classics Faculty's 'Classical Conversations' initiative.
Dwarf burials in ancient Egypt: A contextual study c. 4,500-332 BC (BA dissertation)
The formulation of a methodology and criteria for universally assessing the standard of heritage management: Pilot study using Egypt as its case study (MA dissertation)
Scientific analysis of the effects of acids and alkalis on Egyptian blue pigment (MA research)
Agar, C. and Booth, P. in preparation, ‘English Translation of the Posthumous Miracles of Apa Claudius’.
Agar, C. in preparation, ‘Shaping Coptic Christian Identity: Forging Collective Memories through Hagiography’ in B.-G. Draghici (ed.), Forgotten Christianities.
Agar, C. forthcoming, ‘Messages of Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy: Post-Chalcedonian Politics and Piety Presented in Hagiography Preserved in Coptic’ in R. Whelan, M. McEvoy, and R. Flower (eds.), Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity.
Agar, C. forthcoming, ‘Utopias in Christian Egypt: How Heaven and Hell are Presented in Hagiography Preserved in Coptic’ in A. Ravani, J. Cogbill, A. Neuhauser, and T. Alexander (eds.), Reshaping the World, Proceedings of the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 24th Annual International Graduate Conference. Leiden: Brill.
Agar, C. 2022, 'The saint of the issue: Apa Menas'. The Byzantinist 12, 9-11.
Agar, C. 2017, 'A tale of two universities'. Blog of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, 4th October.
Agar, C. 2016, 'Egypt'. Old Members Trust Travel Grant report of University College, Oxford, 6th November.
Conferences and Seminars
Will present the 30-minute paper 'Hagiography as life-writing' at the Ancient Lives Seminar series in the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College and Faculty of English, in the academic year 2022-23 (INVITED)
Presented the 30-minute paper 'Shaping Coptic Christian identity: Forging collective memories through hagiography' at the Forgotten Christianities seminar series, 20th June 2022 (INVITED)
Chaired the paper ‘The Epigraphy of the Dome of the Rock in Relation to the Sacred Landscape of Jerusalem’ at the University of Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar series, 28th March 2022
Presented the 20-minute paper 'Utopias in Coptic hagiography: Presentations of heaven and hell' at the Oxford University Byzantine Society's 24th International Graduate Conference, 25th – 26th February 2022
Chaired at the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 24th International Graduate Conference, 25th – 26th February 2022
Presented the 60-minute paper 'The cult of saints in Coptic texts: Saints, sinners, and pilgrims in early Christian Egypt' at the Leicester Ancient Egyptian Society, Leicester New Walk Museum, 20th November 2021 (INVITED)
Presented the 30-minute paper 'Christians in Egypt: Between the ancient Egyptian gods and Islam' at the Virtual History Society, 21st October 2021 (INVITED)
Presented the 10-minute paper ‘The Cult of Saints on the bank of the Nile: How did worship function in this extreme environment?’ at the 53rd Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium, 27th – 29th March 2021
Presented the 30-minute paper ‘Analysing visions experienced by saints and supplicants: What, how, and why?’ for the University of Liverpool ACE Work in Progress seminar series, 12th November 2020, Liverpool and as the inaugural paper for the University of Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar series, 25th January 2021 (INVITED)
Presented the 20-minute paper ‘Transition and transformation in Coptic hagiography: Visions as transformative experiences’ at the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference, 28th – 29th February 2020
Chaired at the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference, 28th-29th February 2020
Supported tours at the conference 'Egypt's heartland: Regional perspectives on Hierakonpolis, Elkab and Edfu', 18th-19th July 2019
Presented the 20-minute paper 'Celebrating sanctity: The public celebrations of saints in Coptic hagiography' at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies' 20th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, 1st June 2019
Chaired at the 3rd Sudan Studies Conference, 4th May 2019
Chaired at the Oxford University Byzantine Society's 21st International Graduate Conference, 22nd-23rd February 2019
Presented the 5-minute paper 'On the representation of visions in selected Coptic hagiographical texts' at the Oxford History Graduate Network Research Showcase, 6th February 2019
Presented the 20-minute paper 'Blue vs the world: Scientific analysis of the effects of acids and alkalis on the stability of synthesised Egyptian blue' at the Egyptology Graduate Seminar series, 15th November 2018
For my full academic and non-academic experience and publications, please see my LinkedIn profile.