Visiting Fellows 2021-22

Professor Marc Domingo Gygax (Michaelmas Term)

Marc Domingo Gygax is Professor of Classics and Director of the Program in the Ancient World at Princeton University. He works on Greek history, Greek epigraphy, and ancient and modern historiography. He is the author of Untersuchungen zu den lykischen Gemeinwesen in klassischer und hellenistischer Zeit (2001), Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016, co-winner of the Runciman Award) and co-editor (with Arjan Zuiderhoek) of Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2020). While at Corpus, and during two subsequent terms at Merton and Wadham, he will conduct research on the status of non-citizens in the poleis of Hellenistic Asia Minor. In particular, he will be studying the factors that determined the exclusion of certain individuals from citizenship rights within Greek cities, the strategies pursued by cities to incorporate such people into the community, the efforts of non-citizens themselves at integration, and the hierarchies existing within this sector of population.

Revd. Professor Bryan Spinks (Hilary Term)

Bryan Spinks is the Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He works in a number of areas including Syrian Orthodox and East Syrian liturgies, as well as Anglican and Reformed traditions. His most  recent books are Do This in Remembrance of Me: The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day (2013); The Rise and fall of the Incomparable Liturgy: The Book of Common Prayer 1559-1906 (2017) and Scottish Presbyterian Worship. Proposals for Organic Change, 1843 to the Present Day (2020). His most recent articles are ‘Remembering and Lamenting Lost Liturgy: The Text and Context of Rites of Durham, c.1593’, Studia Liturgica 49(2019), pp. 143-153 and ‘The Intersection of ‘English Use’ Liturgy and Social Justice: Snapshots of Augustus Pugin, Percy Dearmer, Conrad Noel and William Palmer Ladd’, Journal of Anglican Studies 19 (2021)pp.21-36. He is a former president of the Society for Oriental Liturgy, and also of the Church Service Society of the Church of Scotland. From 1986 until 2000 he was a member of and then consultant to the Church of England Liturgical Commission. While at Corpus Christi, he will be finishing an essay on the Syriac anaphora of St. James, and researching the local history of some Anglo-Catholic parishes in North East Essex.

Professor Catherine Conybeare (Trinity Term)

Catherine Conybeare is delighted to return to Corpus, where she read Literae Humaniores before going on to complete her doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is now Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Conybeare is fascinated by cultures of Latin over the longue durée, and has recently started a book series on that theme with Cambridge University Press. Her research centres on late antiquity, and especially the writings of Augustine of Hippo. She has written four monographs, including The Irrational Augustine (2006) and The Laughter of Sarah (2013), and more than sixty articles and reviews on such topics as aurality, touch, violence, and the self. While at Corpus, and during two preceding terms at All Souls, she will be writing her next book, Augustine the African, which argues for the significance to Augustine’s theology and life of his African origins and domicile. Other projects include completing an essay collection co-edited with Simon Goldhill, which explores the interdependence of theology and classical philology, and organizing an NEH-funded conference, ‘Reconsidering the Sources of the Self’, in collaboration with José Luis Bermúdez. She currently holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.