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Power of the Priests. Political use of religious knowledge - 29-30/11-01/12/2018, Kiel (Germany)






FECHA / DATE/DATA: 29-30/11-01/12/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Graduate School at Kiel University (Kiel, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. Hilmar Klinkott; "Human Development in landscapes", Graduate Shool at Kiel University

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Travel and accommodation expenses for speakers will be covered by the Graduate school. Participants take care for their travel and get reimbursed, accommodation will be organised by the organisers. Interested persons are most welcome to participate but there will be a workshop charge of EUR 30,00 (including conference material, coffee breaks and conference dinner). You will be issued a receipt.




Wednesday, 28.11. 2018

Thursday, 29.11.2018
(Venue: Leibnizstraße 8, Room 501)
9:30-10:15 Sabine KUBISCH
Introduction and a case-study from pharaonic Egypt

10:15-11:00 Nenad MARKOVIĆ
Masters of the secrets of the sky, the earth, and the underwold: the high
priests of Ptah at Memphis during the Kushite and the Saite-Persian
periods (c. 746-after 486 BCE)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Ahmed MANSOUR
Behind the Scene: Religion at the Service of Politics in Ancient Egypt.
Views from the Philae Island Texts

12:15-13:00 Andreas EFFLAND
Knowledge is Power - Power of the Priests against the Ptolemies

13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:15 Harald WIESE
Did Brahmins have power in premodern India?

15:15-15:45 Etka LIEBOWITZ
Gender, Politics and Religion in Antiquity: The Challenge of the Reign
of Queen Alexandra
15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 Rebekka SEBBAGH
Centralized knowledge as an instrument of power – the authority of the

From 18:00 Lecture and reception (Venue: Olshausenstraße 75, lecture hall 4)

Islamic Theocracy. Historic Realities and Modern Fallacies

Friday, 30.11.2018
(Venue: Olshausenstraße 75, S3, Room 184)
9:15-10:00 Anthony MEYER
Priests of War: Roman fetiales and the Jewish cohanim of the War

10:00-10:45 Maurits DE LEEUW
Politics in the Life of Daniel the Stylite . The holy man as a political
player in late antique Constantinople

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:00 Reuven KIPPERWASSER
The power of the Rabbis and the power of God(s): Reading Urban
Stories of Late Antiquity
12:00-12:45 Katharina KNÄPPER
The Sacred Dimension of Bureaucracy. Constructing Consensus via

12:45-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-15:00 Kai TRAMPEDACH
Staging charisma: Alexander and divination

15:00-15:45 Darja STERBENC-ERKER
Transformation of political power of Roman priests: Augustus as a

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 Eleni KRIKONA
A new constitutional order in the late sixth century BCE Athens,
powered by the Delphic oracle

From 19:30 Conference dinner

Saturday, 1.12. 2018
(Venue: Olshausenstraße 75, S3, Room 184)
9:15-10:00 Michel SUMMER

Early medieval missionaries as political agents: The case of Willibrord
(AD 690-739)
10:00-10:45 Veit GROß
Harnessing the Power of the Priest – Clerics as Instigators
and Ressources of Popular Politics in the later Middle Ages

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:00 Mariano BARBATO
Power through pilgrimage

12:00-12:45 Igor ALEXEEV
God’s Rule vs. Power of Clergy: Ibn Khaldun’s Apology of Umayyads
and Dynamics of Power Sacralization in early Islamic history

12:45-13:15 Final debate and conclusion




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