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Thursday, January 31, 2008


Centre for the Reception History of the Bible


Trinity College, Oxford
16-18th March 2008

Conference Programme

All lectures take place in The Danson Room, Trinity College

Sunday 16th March

4.00-4.45 Registration & tea/coffee

4.45 Welcome

5.00-5.40 Christopher Rowland (University of Oxford), Mary Magdalene as witness of apocalypse

6.00 Dinner

7.30-8.30 Poetry reading and Film (including the specially commissioned poem 'To cast a stone' by the acclaimed Irish writer John F. Deane)

Monday 17th March

9.00-9.40 Melanie J. Wright (Open University), Mary, Marty and Mel

9.40-10.20 Lesleigh Cushing-Stahlberg (Colgate University), Just Another Jewish Mother? Mary in the Jewish Imagination

10.20-11.00 John Darr (Boston College)Belittling Mary: Insult Genre, Humiliation and the Early Development of Mariology

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.10 Sarah Jane Boss (University of Wales, Lampeter), The Work of St. Luke's Own Hand: The Black Virgins of Western Europe

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Trip to Christ Church Picture Gallery

3.00-3.40 Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Georgetown University), Imagining Salomé, or how la sauterelle became la femme fatale

3.40-4.20 Fiona Maddocks (music critic for the London Evening Standard), Vamp Till Ready: Salome in Music with a special emphasis on Richard Strauss's 1905 Opera

4.20-4.40 Tea

4.20-5.00 Caroline Vander Stichele (University of Amsterdam), Herodias Goes Headhunting

5.00-5.40 Paula Gooder (Birmingham), The Many Faces of Junia(s): The Afterlife of Romans 16:7

6.00 Dinner

8.00 Concert

Tuesday 18th March

9.00-9.40 Ruth Steiner (Catholic University of America), The Samaritan Woman at the Well in Liturgy and Chant

9.40-10.20 Jennifer Knust (Boston University), Too Hot to Handle? The Woman Taken in Adultery in Late Antique Christian Liturgy, Text and Art

10.20-11.00 Peter Loewen (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University), Mary Magdalene as Joculatrix Domini: Franciscan Music and Vernacular Homiletics in Medieval German and English Dramas

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.10 Heidi Hornik (Baylor University), The Mannerist Magdalene Paintings by Michele Tosini

12.30 Lunch

For further information contact: Dr Christine Joynes, Trinity College,
Oxford. OX1 3BH
Tel: 01865 321827; Email:

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Biblical World and its Reception, Seminar at EABS, Lisbon, 3-7th August 2008

The Biblical World and its Reception


W. John Lyons (


This seminar aims to provide a forum in which participants can engage in the theoretical issues pertaining to the reception of the 'biblical world' throughout the last 2500 years and/or present specific examples of how biblical and chronologically related texts have been appropriated within later cultural, political and artistic contexts. Insights drawn from a wide range of range of disciplines are encouraged and the reception history of any relevant text from the biblical period will be considered suitable material for presentation and discussion.

This seminar will begin in 2008, and proposals for papers for that meeting may be submitted to the Chair. Audience participation on the day is warmly invited, and short papers will be presented with an equivalent time provided for discussion.

Agenda for 2008

The initial meeting of this programme in 2008 is planned to include a session of papers devoted to a special theme (The Bible and Popular Music) and an open session. Papers are invited for both sessions. There will also be a discussion of future topics and the direction of the programme.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Oxford Seminars, Spring term

'The Bible in Art, Music and Literature' seminar series.

Hilary term 2008

Week 2 (21 Jan): Dr Eric Christianson, University of Chester, ‘Empathy with Qoheleth: An Insight from Film Theory to the Reception History of Ecclesiastes’

Week 4 (4 Feb): Dr Kevin Mills, University of Glamorgan, A Parable of Criticism

Week 6 (18 Feb): Dr Harriet Sonne de Torrens, University of Toronto, ‘Ecclesia and Fovea: Female Sexuality and Baptism in the Middle Ages’ (‘Biblical Women and their Afterlives' series funded by the AHRC)

Week 8 (3 Mar): Prof Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London, ‘Mary: A Challenge to the (Medieval) Historian’ (‘Biblical Women and their Afterlives’ series funded by the AHRC)

Mondays: 5pm
The Danson Room, Trinity College

Convenors: Prof Chris Rowland (Queen’s) Dr Christine Joynes (Trinity)

Refreshments provided. ALL WELCOME.

Please also note the date of our forthcoming international conference:

'Biblical Women and their Afterlives: New Testament Characters' from 16-18th March 2008 at Trinity College, Oxford. Further details to follow soon.

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