Dr Michael Champion - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
I specialise in Early Christian Studies and Late-Antique Cultural and Intellectual History. My research investigates interactions between Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Thought, Late-Antique Education and Monasticism, Ancient Ethics, the History of Violence and the History of Emotions, and I welcome students in all these areas.
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Paideia as Humility and Becoming Godlike in Dorotheos of Gaza, Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.3 (2017): 441-469.
I am currently working on:
1. Early Christianity. A major project investigates Dorotheus of Gaza, a sixth-century monk, and Late-Antique education. I also contribute to ACU's team research project Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity, and have articles in preparation on Genesis exegesis, Christianity and ancient philosophy, and intersections between early Christianity and emotions history.
2. Emotions History: I lead ACU's node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and have ongoing projects on emotions and education, asceticism, and the concepts of justice and equity.
3. History of Violence and Alternatives to the Just War Tradition in Antiquity. A large-scale project asks how successive Greco-Roman cultures from Classical Athens to Byzantium thought about justice in war and associated concepts of equity. I am also contributing to the new Cambridge World History of Genocide.