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Sarah F. Porter

“Early Christian Deathscapes”

Sarah Porter

Harvard University, Byzantine Studies Tyler Fellow

Fourth-century Christians innovated and renovated spaces for burial, memorialization, and mourning. Using archaeological and textual evidence alongside spatial and affect theory, Porter analyzes deathscapes as individual architectural units, as actors within the civic landscape, as nodes of cultural memory, and as sites of bodily practice. Her project examines the Church of Felix at Nola, the Church of Babylas at Antioch, and the Damasene catacomb inscriptions in Rome to consider how elite and nonelite Christians built, altered, and moved within deathscapes.

Sarah F. Porter is a doctoral candidate in religion at Harvard University with a concentration in New Testament/early Christianity and a secondary field in archaeology. She holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt University Divinity School with a concentration in gender, sexuality, and religion, and she received her BA in English and religion from Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX). She has participated in excavations at Kenchreai (Greece) and Sardis (Turkey), and she has published and presented on museum studies, religion and the senses, and early Christian material culture.