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Holy Hero(in)es: Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography -

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 18-19-20/02/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde (KANTL) (Ghent, Belgium)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. dr. Koen De Temmerman; Klazina Staat; Julie Van Pelt​

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09.00-09.10 Opening

Panel 1: Reading Saints (chair: Johan Leemans)

09.10-09.40 Aldo Tagliabue (University of Heidelberg) The literary construction of a transcendent hero in Pontius’ Life of Cyprian

09.40-10.10 Candace Buckner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Dangerous Solitude: The connection between heresy and anchoritism in the Coptic Lives of Macarius the Great and Macarius of Alexandria

10.10-10.40 Ewa D. Zakrzewska (University of Amsterdam) How to construct empathy with a martyr? The case of the Bohairic Coptic Martyr Acts

10.40-11.10 Coffee

Panel 2: Gender (chair: Christian Høgel)

11.10-11.40 Anne Alwis (University of Kent) Rhetorical Heroines: The reconstruction of the virgin martyr in Byzantium

11.40-12.10 Erin Galgay Walsh (Duke University) Holy Fool and Ascetic Heroine: The Life of Onesima in the Syriac Tradition

12.10-12.40 Michelle Quay (University of Cambridge) Female Heroism in Sufi Hagiographical Texts: From Sulami (d. 1021) to ‘Attar (d. ca. 1221)

12.40-14.00 Lunch

Panel 3: Writing Saints (chair: Marco Formisano)

14.00-14.30 Markéta Kulhánková (Masaryk University) Telling and Showing in the Construction of Heroes in Byzantine Edifying Stories

14.30-15.00 Christa Gray (University of Glasgow) Heroic Writing: constructions and reflections of the author in Jerome’s Lives’ of Holy Men

15.00-15.30 Virginia Burrus (Syracuse University, New York) The Life of Constantina: performativity, pedagogy, eros

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 Poster Presentations Annunziata Di Rienzo, Regina Fichera, Fiona Fritz, Rivkah Gillian Glass, Aaltje Hidding, Susanne Hummel, Niamh Kehoe, Riccardo Macchioro, Nicholas Mataya, Maria Sole Rigo, Lane Springer

17.00-18.00 Keynote Lecture (chair: Kristoffel Demoen) Stephanos Efthymiadis (Open University of Cyprus) Saints and second heroes: cases and forms of an extended narrative in Byzantine hagiography

18.00 Reception


Panel 4: (Side) Characters(chair: Wim Verbaal)

09.00-09.30 Nike Koutrakou (independent researcher) Between Confrontation and Support: figures of temporal power as a Saint’s supporting figures in 6 th century Byzantine Hagiography

09.30-10.00 Alessia Miriam Berardi (University of Toronto) The Latin Life of Saint Alexis (BHL 286): a puzzling heroism

10.00-10.30 Klazina Staat and Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) Home and away: family heroes and sanctity in Latin late antique Lives

10.30-11.00 Marcia A. Morris (Georgetown University) Saint Theodosius of Kiev as Narrative Device

11.00-11.30 Coffee

Panel 5: Saints and Politics (chair: Ghazzal Dabiri)

11.30-12.00 Zainab Saberpour (Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Teheran) A Divine Warrior at War: Analyzing the Narratives of the Battle between Rostam and Isfandiar

12.00-12.30 Gowaart Van Den Bossche (Ghent University) The Hero as Ideal Ruler: Notes on the Narrative Constructions of Ibn ͨAbd al Ẓāhir’s Biography of Baybars

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Panel 6: History (chair: Peter Van Nuffelen)

14.00-14.30 Matthew O’Farrell (Macquarie University) The Deeds of Ardashir and the Legend of Constantine. Parallel Lives?

14.30-15.00 Ahmad Khan (University of Oxford) Constructing heroes in medieval Sunnism: rebellion, persecution, and death in Manaqib works

15.00-15.30 Helen Giunashvili (Ilia State University) Sasanian Iran and Georgia: Issues of Cultural-Religious Interrelations in the Light of Old Georgian Hagiographical Writings

15.30-16.00 Coffee

Panel 7: Intertextuality (chair: Jeroen Deploige)

16.00-16.30 Nienke Vos (VU University Amsterdam) Narrating Heroism: The Case of Sulpicius’ Vita Martini

16.30-17.00 Marianne Sághy (Central European University) Inclyti Martyres: Constructing the Roman Martyr as Hero(ine) in the Epigrams of Bishop Damasus

17.00-17.30 Piet Gerbrandy (University of Amsterdam) Notker and Hartmann on the impossibility of writing the life of St. Gallus

20.00 Conference Dinner in Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent


Panel 8: Local Saints (chair: Marc Van Uytfanghe)

09.00-09.30 Sergey Minov (University of Oxford) The Syriac Life of Mar Yareth the Alexandrian: Constructing the Life of a local holy man in the late antique Mesopotamia

09.30-10.00 Sabine Fialon (Université Montpellier III) Rhétorique de l’éloge et construction des modèles de sainteté dans l’hagiographie africaine (IIe-VIe siècles)

10.00-10.30 Marta Tycner (Universities of Warsaw and Oxford) Pagan deities and Christian saints in Late Antique Gaul

10.30-11.00 Christian Høgel (University of Southern Denmark) Saint Sampson: founder of hospital and broker of imperial humanitarianism

11.00-11.30 Coffee

Panel 9: Collective Lives (chair: Danny Praet)

11.30-12.00 James Corke-Webster (Durham University) Surveying Hero(in)es: The Collective Biographies of Eusebius of Caesarea

12.00-12.30 Johan Leemans (KU Leuven) Heroes for Changing Times. The Literary Construction of Martyrdom in Gregory of Nyssa's Second Homily on the Forty of Sebaste

12.30-13.00 Discussion & Concluding Remarks

13.00-14.00 Lunch

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