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Bookish Circles. Teaching and learning in the ancient Mediterranean (Part II) - 25-26/11/2016, London (England)



Prompted by insights from the social sciences and furnished with twentieth-century manuscript discoveries, recent analysts have achieved considerable refinement in the study of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean. A set of related questions has come to the fore. What kinds of literacy can be discerned? What purposes did they serve in various ancient contexts? And in what kinds of social circle were certain sorts of literacy at home? Posing such questions has allowed discussion to transcend previous deterministic conceptions where orality and literacy were viewed as evolutionary stages in a linear process; where attention focused principally on what percentage of people were literate; and where this literacy was a largely undifferentiated category.

In this project we pursue the task of distinguishing varieties of ancient literacy, the social functions they served and the circles in which they did so. Bringing classicists together with analysts of the ancient Jewish and early Christian materials can only improve our hopes for historical insight. The discussion will continue to illuminate areas of ancient Jewish and early Christian studies where a canonical perspective still hampers social historical enquiry in some quarters. To this end, we explore ancient varieties of adult teaching and learning with a view to casting further light on kinds and functions of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 25-26/11/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Heythrop College, University of London (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE:  The Heythrop Centre for Textual Studies (University of London)

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE:  25£ por día /per day/al giorno  tickets aquí/here/qui  




Friday 25th November 2016, Newman Room, Heythrop College

10:30 Arrival and coffee

Professor Catherine Hezser (SOAS, University of London) The Role of Written Texts in Rabbinic Oral Culture

12:30-13:30 Professor Ingo Kottsieper (Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster) Literacy and Hebrew as Written Language in the Hellenistic-Roman Period and early rabbinic texts

13:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Dr Lindsey Askin (University of Cambridge) The Social Stratification of Scribes and Readers in Greco-Roman Judaism

15:30 Tea

16:00-17:00 Professor Annette Steudel (Georg-August Universität, Göttingen) Teaching and Learning in the Dead Sea Scrolls

18:00 Dinner

Saturday 26th November

10:00-11:00 Dr Francesca Middleton   (University of Cambridge) Homeric lemmata and the shape of Hellenistic literacy

11:00-12:00 Dr Matthew Nicholls   (University of Reading)
The place of libraries in the wider architecture & landscape of urban learning; their co-location with auditorium facilities

12:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Dr H. H. Drake Williams III  (Tyndale Theological Seminary, Netherlands) II Corinthians, I Clement and Jewish Scripture

14:00-15:00 Professor Bart Koet (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Belgium)  Ethics or Halacha? “Calling” as a key to the dynamics of behaviour according to Paul. A reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:1-11

15:00 Tea

15:30-16:30 Panel discussion


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