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Janet Tulloch

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A./B.S.W. (McMaster), M.A., Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 7042
Office:PA 3A60

Office Hours:  Mondays, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar working in the areas of religion, women and material culture. Her Masters and PhD theses in Religious Studies examined representations of women in different historical periods. While Dr. Tulloch’s Masters’ thesis analyzed the representation of women in prints from the Northern Renaissance period, her PhD dissertation compared Roman pagan and early Christian frescoes from the fourth century CE.  The latter study focused on wall paintings in the Roman catacombs as visual evidence of women’s changing roles in early Christian funerary rites. Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Tulloch has won two external scholarships for her research. In 2003-2004, she received a grant for individual research from the American Academy of Religion and in 2007-2008, she and collaborator Alice Christ, an art historian at the University of Kentucky, received a Shohet scholarship from the International Catacomb Society, Boston to host an international symposium on Ways of Seeing and Material Religion.

Research Interests

  • Women and Religion
  • Ancient Religions and Material Culture
  • Ways of Religious Seeing and Visual Culture

2013/2014 Courses

  • CLCV 3307A/ARTH 3105A/RELI 3733A Studies in Roman Art:  “Pilgrimage in the Roman World” (F)

Selected Publications


  • Volume editor and contributor: The Cultural History of ­Women in Antiquity. Series editor: Linda Kalof, London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013.

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • Visual Representations of Children and Ritual in the Early Roman Empire,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. Volume 41 No. 3 (2012): 408-438.
  • “Set Design as Cosmic Metaphor: Religious Seeing and Theatre Space.” Co-author: Tanit Mendes. Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches Théâtrales du Canada. Vol.27 No. 2 (Fall 2006): 260-288.
  • “Art and Archaeology as a Historical Resource for the Study of Women in early Christianity: An Approach for Analyzing Visual Data (from Late Antiquity).” Journal of Feminist Theology Vol. 12 No. 3 (May, 2004): 277-305.

Book Chapters:

  • “Religion and Popular Beliefs,” in Janet H. Tulloch, ed. The Cultural History of Women in Antiquity London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013.
  • “Devotional Visuality in Family Funerary Monuments in the Roman World.” in Beryl Rawson, ed. A Companion To Families In The Greek And Roman Worlds. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, January 2011: 542-563.
  • “Women Leaders in Family Funerary Banquets.” Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald.  A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006: 273- 313 including images.

Book Chapters in Translation:

  • (i) Spanish : «Mujeres que dirigen banquetes funerarios familiares,» in El Lugar de la Mujer en la Iglesia Primitiva. Salamanca: Ediciones Sigueme, 2007 : 233-270.
  • (ii) Italian : Il ruolo delle donne nel cristianesimo delle origini: Indagine sulle chiese domestiche. Edizioni San Paolo, 2007.