Kim Haines-Eitzen, The Conversation
Kim Haines-Eitzen is the H. Stanley Krusen Professor of World Religions and director of the religious studies program at Cornell University. She holds joint appointments in the departments of Near Eastern studies and classics. Her first book, "Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature" (Oxford University Press, 2000), is a social history of the scribes who copied Christian texts during the second and third centuries. Her most recent book, "The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity" (Oxford University Press, 2012), deals with the intersection of gender and text transmission. Currently, she is working on a new project, entitled "A Sacred and Sonorous Desert in Late Antiquity," which focuses on the desert monastic literature of late antiquity and its attention to sensory landscapes, especially the acoustic dimensions of the desert environment.