The annual Coptic Studies Lecture will feature Professor Heather Anne Badamo of UC Santa Barbara. The title of this year’s lecture is “Longing for Community: Devotional Graffiti at the Coptic Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea in Egypt.”
The Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea preserves hundreds of prayers scrawled on the wall, which provide rare evidence for how individuals interacted with sacred space. This talk investigates how Coptic Christians used graffiti to register their place within a larger community of devotees, creating a sense of history and belonging for themselves within an Arab-Islamic world.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Heather A. Badamo is an Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Architecture Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Badamo is specializes in medieval art; her work investigates visual manifestations of interfaith contact and exchange in the Middle Ages, especially within the Coptic and Syrian Orthodox communities.