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Janet H. Tulloch

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.A./B.S.W. (McMaster), M.A., Ph.D. (Ottawa)


Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar. Her article on “Gender” in The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Paul Corby Finney (ed.), 2017, is an excellent summary of her research findings on the historical implications of 4th century Roman visual culture for women in early Christian leadership positions.

Her project as adjunct research professor which began just before Covid 19, was to investigate the phenomenon of religious art and ritual practice in 21st century Canadian Public Art Space.

This project took a personal turn when Tulloch teamed up with Algonquin Metis artist, Lise Perras to produce a joint visual arts exhibition on their overlapping ancestral mythologies and histories for Artpontiac’s Stone School Gallery, Portage du Fort, Quebec in 2020. The exposition, Threads & Ties / Au fil des siècles is headed to the Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site in Summer 2023 or 2024.

On campus, Dr. Tulloch can be found occasionally at Carleton’s new Book Arts Lab in MacOdrum Library where she is researching the fabrication of hand-made books for a project on experiential learning and Origin Myths.

Research Interests

  • Ancient Material Religion and Ritual
  • Religious ritual practices and objects in Canadian Public Art Space
  • Origin Myths and Sacred Space

Selected Publications


  • Volume editor and contributor: The Cultural History of Women in Antiquity. Series editor: Linda Kalof, London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013, 2016.

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.

Book Chapters:

  • “Religion and Popular Beliefs,” in Janet H. Tulloch, ed. The Cultural History of Women in Antiquity London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013, 2016.
  • “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