2022 Annual conference

SSEC’s premier event-the annual conference. Meet world renowned scholars, be the first to hear about cutting edge research in the historical study of early Christianity, and relax over lunch with like minded friends. See below for the dates and theme of the next conference and how to register.

Become a member to receive the discount.



Conference Curtain Raiser (free event) 

Thursday 5th May, 7pm (AEDT; UTC +11:00 hours) Zoom (for link email, 24 hours before the meeting, the SSEC secretary Ms Karyn Young, SSEC@mq.edu.au)

Associate Professor Benjamin Schliesser, “The Social Pattern of the Christ Group at Philippi. Fresh Perspectives on an Old Question” 

Associate Professor Schliesser teachs at the Institut für Neues Testament and has an extensive research profile. Many of his articles on the New Testament can be found on his academia.edu page.

Ben Schliesser

All Day Conference Event

Saturday 7th May 2022 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (UTC+11)
Macquarie University Arts Precinct Conference Room
Macquarie University, 25 Wally’s Walk, NORTH RYDE NSW 2113 (MAP)

We are pleased to welcome Dr Cédric Brélaz (PhD University of Lausanne 2004, Dr. habil. École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, 2013), who is the Professor of Ancient History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome, a Foreign Member of the French School of Archaeology at Athens, and a Visiting Fellow at the universities of Oxford, Princeton and Harvard. His research focuses on Greek political institutions and culture in the Hellenistic and Imperial periods, on Roman provincial administration in the Eastern Mediterranean, and on Early Christianity in its imperial context. He is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Dr Cedric Brelaz

8.30am-9.00am Registration Tea and Coffee available 
9.00am-9.05am Welcome  
9.05am-9.45am  Key Speaker Cedric Brelaz (Zoom)  SSEC Fellow 2022 From Philip of Macedon to Paul the Martyr: Competing Memories in the Roman Colony of Philippi (1st–6th cent. CE) 
9.50am-10.30am Chris Forbes What changed for Paul and the Pauline Mission in Philippi? 
10.30am-10.50am Morning Tea Tea, coffee and refreshments provided 
10.55am-11.35am Julien Ogereau Philippi after Paul: What on Earth Happened to Paul’s Beloved Church? 
11.40am-12.20pm Jim Harrison   TBA
12.20-12.30pm Alanna Nobbs Book Celebrations  
12.30pm-1.20pm Lunch Break Tea, coffee and lunch provided       
1.25pm-2.05pm Amelia Brown  Roman & Late Roman Philippi between Thessalonica, Byzantium & Samothrace  
2.10pm-2.50pm Don Barker  TBA
2.50pm-3.10pm Afternoon Tea Tea, coffee and refreshments provided 
3.05pm-3.45pm Lyn Kidson  Business women, family networks, and Lydia of Thyatira
3.50pm-4.30pm Paul Barnett Philippi and the Romans

Be sure to register ASAP as in-person attendance is limited to 79.

New to SSEC is that Zoom attendance will be available for Interstate and International members.


Zoom attendance$96/$12per talk
In Person Attendance Rates
SSEC Members  $130.00  
Non Members  $145.00  
Alumni  $140.00  
Pensioners  $95.00  
Full Time Students (Student Number required)  $55.00  
Lectures Members  $20.00 per lecture  
Lectures Non Members  $25.00 per lecture