Program - 14-16. maj 2009


Faculty of Theology

Theme 1: The discursive fight over religious texts in antiquity

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International Conference on "Constructing religious identities: Space and texts in the pagan, Jewish and early Christian Near East, AD 100-400"

Conference Programme

Thursday 14 May 2009
Faculty of Theology, Building 1441, Room 010
16.45 - 17.15 Registration (the Foyer, Bldg 1441)
17.30 - 17.45 Welcome by the organisers
17.45 - 19.00 Opening lecture by Senior Lecturer Ted Kaizer (Durham University) "Introduction to the history of the Near East, AD 100 – 400: space and texts."
19.00 Reception and buffet
Friday 15 May 2009
Faculty of Humanities, Building 1414, Museum of Ancient Art (Antikmuseet)
09.30 – 10.45 Lecture by Professor Emeritus John North (UCL) "Finding paganism in the religious life of the Roman Empire."
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.15 Lecture by Professor Martin Goodman (University of Oxford) "Holy Land and Holy People: Problems in the construction of Jewish identity after 70 CE."

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 Session with two papers:
Paper by Gerhard van den Heever (University of South Africa, Pretoria) "Third space: Reimagined sacred space and identity formation in first century western Asia Minor - the case of Johannine Christianity."
Paper by Marianne Bjelland Kartzow and Halvor Moxnes (University of Oslo) "Complex identities: Ethnicity, sex and religion in Luke's story about the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)."
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 16.45 Lecture by Professor Johannes Hahn (University of Münster)

"The Christianization of the Late Roman City – Parameters and Problems."

16.45 – 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 – 18.30 Session with two papers:
Paper by Marjaana Vesterinen (University of Helsinki) "Traces of dance in native Egyptian religion."
Paper by Dr. Henrik Rydell Johnsén (Lund University) "The formation of the monk: Evagrius Ponticus, Plato and the eight generic vices."
18.30 Reception and buffet
Saturday 16 May 2009
Faculty of Theology, Building 1441, Room 010
09.30 – 10.45 Lecture by PhD Jakob Engberg (Aarhus University) "'A second birth has restored me to a new man.' Accounts of conversion and religious identity-construction in apologetic writings."
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session with two papers:
Paper by Dr. Blossom Stefaniw (University of Erfurt) "Constructing the teacher: Religious identity in Porphyry and Gregory Thaumaturgus' accounts of third century teacher-student relationships."
Paper by Assistant Professor Stephen Lloyd-Moffett (California Polytechnic State University) "Asceticism and the common life in Erotapokrisis Seven of Basil of Ceasarea's Asceticon."
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.15 Lecture by Associate Professor Brouria Bitton Ashkelony (Hebrew University) "Territory and anti-intellectual attitude in the identity formation of monastic communities in late antique Palestine."
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 16.30 Plenary discussion and end of conference
18.30 Dinner
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