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 (peter.toth@kcl.ac.uk) and Ioannis Papadogiannakis (ioannis.papadogiannakis@kcl.ac.uk)

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: peter.toth@kcl.ac.uk. 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.