Photo of Janet H. Tulloch

Janet H. Tulloch

Adjunct Research Professor

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


Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar and fibre artist. Her academic teaching includes courses in ancient religions and visual and material culture. 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 findings on the historical implications of 4th century visual culture for women in early Christian leadership positions. Her project as adjunct research professor is to investigate the 21st century phenomenon of religious references/practices in contemporary Canadian Art and Public Art galleries.

In October 2020, Dr. Tulloch will be an artist in residence at “The Booth” in Scalloway, Shetland. Her project during her residence will combine academic research with her fibre arts practice. She will be researching specific archaeological sites in Shetland and Orkney that date from circa 500 BCE to the early medieval period to examine migration patterns and religious/cultural remains. Her research will culminate in an art exhibition and a book based on her findings.

Research Interests

  • Material Religion
  • Visual and textual theory
  • Religious practices in contemporary Canadian Art and Public Art galleries

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