Highlights of the program include:
Keynote Lecture—October 19: “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria,” Stephen J. Davis, Yale University
Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University will open the workshop with a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.
Professional Seminar—October 20: “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza,” Phillip I. Lieberman, Vanderbilt University
As a new feature to the workshop this year, Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Cairo Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Universiy of Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN, USA)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGA(IZER/ORGANIZZATORE: David Hunter, (University of Kentucky); Gregor Kalas, (University of Tennessee); Jacob Latham, (University of Tennessee); David Michelson (Vanderbilt); Joe Rife, (Vanderbilt); Betsey Robinson,( Vanderbilt); Tina Shepardson, (University of Tennessee).
Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:10—ReLACS Keynote Address: “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria,” Stephen J. Davis, Yale University
This keynote will be held in 203 Cohen Memorial Hall and followed by a light reception.
Friday, October 20, 2017
All events will be held in the Divinity School Reading Room unless noted.
8:30—Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:00—Welcome to ReLACS Workshop Participants
9:15—“The Western Delta in Late Antiquity: Archaeology and History,” Ariel Lopez, Rhodes College
10:00—“The Flesh that Wasn’t: Ascetic Assemblages and the Becoming of Angels,” Katie Kleinkopf, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (This paper will be pre-circulated to the ReLACS listserv.)
10:45—Coffee Break and Tour of Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities. Click for map.
11:15—“Using Digital Humanities to Solve Early Christian Mysteries: A Re-Examination of the ‘Ascension’ Panel on the Doors of Santa Sabina, Rome,” Lee M. Jefferson, Centre College. Location: Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities
12:00—Lunch (provided for registered participants)
1:00—Pro-Seminar: “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza,” Phillip I. Lieberman, Vanderbilt University
1:45—“Ravaging Warfare and Martial Rape from Late Antiquity to Modernity,” Kathy L. Gaca, Vanderbilt University
2:45— “Quoting in the Courtroom: Cyril’s Use of Philosophical Testimony in the Contra Julianum, Aaron P. Johnson, Lee University
3:30—“Peter Beyond Rome: Achilleus of Spoleto, Neon of Ravenna, and the Epigramma Longum,” Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
4:15—End of Workshop