AuthorityIn the Pre-Modern West
A Two-Day Workshop
Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Working Group(IRG)of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture(CRCC)at the University of Southern California (USC)
April 12 (2-5 pm) & April 13 (10-5 pm) DohenyLibrary 241 USC
This informal conference and workshop brings togetherhistorians, art historians, and scholars of religion to consider the many ways that pre-modern Christians created and responded to signs of religious authority
in particular, the relation between religiousauthority, material environments, and visible phenomena.
How did men and women negotiate the reliability andtruth of what they saw, and how did they recognize false,variable, or anti-Christian phenomena?Who decided what anyone could see, how it might beunderstood or assessed, and how to describe or enact it?Most important, how did Christians use what they sawor otherwise sensed to assert or contest religious authority intheir communities and kingdoms?FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact