This year's York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha in North American Perspectives,” is mere days away (September 26–28, 2013). If you are interested in attending, please register BY E-MAIL as soon as possible (remember, it's free for students, but you should register if you want to receive the papers ahead of time). For more information, see the Symposium's web page (HERE).
Lily Vuong, "Ordinary or Extraordinary? The Reception of the Protevangelium of James in the History of the Blessed Virgin Mary"
Lily Vuong is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (H.B.A.) and graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (M.A.) and McMaster University (Ph.D.). Before joining the faculty at VSU, she spent time as a Visiting Scholar at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and the Women’s Studies in Religion Program and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA's Center for the Study of Religion. Her area of study is in Early Christianity with a special interest in New Testament Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal writings. Gender studies have also played an important role in her research, especially in terms of its construction and interpretation in early Christian literature.
Other topics of interest include the relationships between Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman culture, the formation of Jewish and Christian identities in Late Antiquity, religious competition in the third century, the place of non-canonical literature in biblical interpretation, and the representation of women in the ancient world. Her book, Gender and Purity in the Protevangelium of James is forthcoming with Mohr Sibeck (2013), and she is editor of a collected volume, Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World, forthcoming with Ruprecht and Vandenhoeck Press (2014).