Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ecclesiastical History Society Postgraduate Colloquium 2015

Friday 6 March, 10 – 4.30

Magdalene College, Cambridge


Research students working on any aspect of religious history from late antiquity to the twenty-first century are warmly invited to present twenty-minute papers on their work at an informal day-long colloquium. To register, or for further enquiries, contact Dr Gareth Atkins ( Titles and abstracts of c. 100 words should be submitted by Friday 20 February.


Attendance is £10 and includes refreshments and lunch.




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

"The History and Text of New Testament Commentaries", Colloquium 2-5th March 2015, Birmingham, UK

Dear all,

We are glad to announce that the call for papers and booking are now both officially open for the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament.

On the theme of "The History and Text of New Testament Commentaries", the colloquium will be held in Birmingham from 2-5th March 2015.

The speakers will include:

  • Professor Ronald E. Heine - Origen’s Gospel Commentaries
  • Professor Gilles Dorival - Biblical Catena manuscripts
  • Dr Lukas Dorfbauer - The Regula Evangeliorum Quattuor of Fortunatianus of Aquileia
  • Professor Alexander Andrée - The Glossa Ordinaria
  • Dr William Lamb - Catenae and the Art of Memory

Proposals are invited for papers on the tradition of biblical commentary and its significance for the New Testament text. Topics might include the practice of composing and reading commentaries in antiquity, the treatment of a particular verse or passage by one or more writers, or studies of commentary and catena manuscripts. Submissions consisting of a title and brief description should be sent to by 12th January 2015.

The booking form is available for download from
There is a significant reduction for bookings received and paid in full by 22nd December 2015.

We hope to welcome you to Birmingham in March.

With best wishes,
Hugh Houghton and David Parker

This announcement can also be seen online at:

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Rather a workshop in the strict sense - not a showcasing of research, but an intense day of reflection and peer criticism and mutual enlightenment, Joerg Ruepke, Jan Bremmer and Markus Vinzent (all at the moment MWK, Erfurt, Germany) are running this one-day workshop on 26 June 2014.
There are only 25 places available, so, if you want to take part at this workshop, please let Markus Vinzent know as soon as possible.

Date: 26. June 2014
Venue: Villa Martin, Campus of the University of Erfurt, Germany


10.00                 Opening (Jörg Rüpke/Jan Bremmer/Markus Vinzent, MWK,   Erfurt)

Part I                  Marcion’s Gospel
10:15-11:00    Marcion’s Gospel – Reconstructed (Matthias Klinghardt,
11:00-12:00    2/3 Respondents:         
Angela Standhartinger, Marburg
                            - Nicola Denzey, Rhode Island
                            with discussion
12:00-13:00    Discussion of sample texts of the reconstructed Gospel

13:00-13:45    Lunch break

Part II                 Marcion – a religious entrepreneur

13:45-14:30    Marcion and Peregrinus (Jan Bremmer, MWK Erfurt)
14:30-15:15    Marcion, Founder of Christianity (Markus Vinzent, MWK Erfurt)
15:15-16:00    Marcion and the Synoptics (Eve-Marie Becker, MWK Erfurt)

16:00-16:30    Coffee/Tea Break

Part III               Marcion and the Second Century

16:30-18:30    Short papers (15/20m plus discussion):

                            Narratives and Textual Communities (Jörg Rüpke, MWK Erfurt)
                            The Pastoral Letters and Marcion (Harry Maier, MWK Erfurt) (tbc)
                            Martyrdom and Marcionites (Katharina Waldner, MWK Erfurt) (tbc)

19:00                 Dinner

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

“Apocryphization”: Theological Debates in Biblical Disguise

8 May, 2014, King's College London 
This workshop focuses on a hitherto under-studied form of Christian erotapokritic literature which, keeping the format of alternating questions and answers, shifts the scene from the context of a historical event or a school discussion into a biblical scenario with biblical discussants. We aim to explore the origins and techniques of this literary phenomenon by analyzing the doctrinal stance of the various pseudo-biblical scenes in order to understand why and how they expand the original narratives and create new, “apocryphal” scenes and motifs. It is the purpose of the workshop to get closer not only to outlining the rationale in the background of these dialogues, but also to understand the origin of the very concept of “apocryphicity” too.
Confirmed Speakers 
Sebastian Brock (University of Oxford) Averil Cameron (University of Oxford) Carmen Cardelle de Hartmann (University of Zürich) Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (King's College, London) Yannis Papadogiannakis (King's College, London) Alin Suciu (University of Hamburg) Peter Toth (King's College, London)
Organisers: Peter Toth ( and Ioannis Papadogiannakis (

The workshop is free and open to all. However, due to a limited number of places, registration is required. register by sending an email to Peter Toth: For more information on the programme and the practicalities, visit our website.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

5th British Patristics Conference

Now that the deadline for abstract submission has passed - we have over 60 contributions accepted that range from earliest Christian writings down to the reception of Patristic literature in the Medieval period. King's College who is this year's host is pleased about the strong list of applications for the conference and - together with those who participate without giving papers - the conference will be almost 100 people strong. It shows that Patristic studies are thriving in the UK and beyond.

Invited speakers for our conferences are Professor Joan Taylor (King's College London) who is giving the opening lecture on "The Empress Helena and the Mystery of the 'True Cross'". The evening lecture will be given by Jörg Rüpke (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University, Germany) who is going to speak about "Ancient Lived Religion and Patristics".

If you want to find out more about the conference, click here.