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 have a wide range of teaching experience, and am currently a graduate tutor in the Griffith Institute for the Elementary and Advanced Coptic courses. In Trinity Term 2020, I passed the university's DLT training and have previously taught Coptic language and texts, archaeology, and the history of Egyptology. 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, a mentor with the UNIQ+ Digital Graduate Access Programme, and participating in the Classics Faculty's 'Classical Conversations' initiative.
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 Hilary Term, University of Oxford
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, Leicester New Walk Museum, 20th November 2021
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, 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 as the inaugural paper 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, 28th-29th February 2020, Oxford
Chaired a session at the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 22nd International Graduate Conference, 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 session 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.