Jan-Georg Deutsch Scholarship in African History, 2018-21
Lady Wallis Budge Prize for Academic Excellence, 2016
I specialise in Egyptian history and language, with an emphasis on Coptic and the early Church. My research explores the conventions of the representation of visions in Coptic hagiography, focusing on whether these conventions differ according to the characters experiencing visions and how they fit into the broader context of miracles in hagiography in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. For this project, I work closely with both the Faculty of History and the Griffith Institute in the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Alongside my research, I have trained briefly in Byzantine Greek, and am currently studying Classical Syriac and Modern Standard Arabic. I anticipate studying Ethiopic after the submission of my DPhil thesis.
I am also trained in archaeological science and excavation, including at the University of Liverpool field school at Nortion Priory. In conjunction with Drs Peter Gethin and Matthew Ponting at the University of Liverpool, during my MA I focused particularly on studying Egyptian blue.
On the Representation of Visions in Selected Coptic Hagiographical Texts (DPhil thesis)
English translation of the Posthumous Miracles of Apa Claudius
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 60-minute paper ‘The Cult of Saints in Coptic Texts: Saints, Sinners, and Pilgrims in Early Christian Egypt’ at the Leicester Ancient Egyptian Society on 17th April 2021, Leicester New Walk Museum
Will present the 12-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, ‘Nature and the Environment’, 27th – 29th March 2021, Birmingham
Presented the 25-minute paper ‘Clues from miracles and visions in Coptic hagiography: What can they tell us about the Cult of Saints in Egypt?’ at the Queen’s College Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures lunchtime colloquium, 9th February 2021, Oxford
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 for the University of Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar series, 25th January 2021, Oxford
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 2020, ‘The State Between: Liminality, Transition and Transformation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’, 28th – 29th February 2020, Oxford
Chaired a session at the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference 2020, ‘The State Between: Liminality, Transition and Transformation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’, 28th – 29th February 2020, Oxford
Supported tours at the conference 'Egypt's heartland: Regional perspectives on Hierakonpolis, Elkab and Edfu', 18th-19th July 2019, Oxford
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, Birmingham
Chaired a session at the 3rd Sudan Studies Conference, 4th May 2019, Oxford
Chaired a sesson at the Oxford University Byzantine Society's 21st International Graduate Conference, 22nd-23rd February 2019, Oxford
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, Oxford
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, Oxford
For my full academic and non-academic experience and publications, please see my LinkedIn profile.