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Thüringer Staatskanzlei | State Chancellery of Thuringia Regierungsstraße 73 99084 Erfurt
DIENSTAG,11. JUNI 2013 Ab 16.30 Einlass 17.00 – 18.30 Musikalischer Programmpunkt Gitarren-Duo der Musikschule Erfurt Grußwort der Thüringer Ministerin für Bundesund Europaangelegenheiten und Chefin der Thüringer Staatskanzlei Frau Marion Walsmann Grußwort des Vizepräsidenten für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der Universität Erfurt Herr Prof. Dr. Patrick Rössler Grußwort des Dekans des Max-Weber-Kollegs für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien Herr Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann Grußwort des Leiters des ERC-Projekts “Lived Ancient Religion: Questioning ‘Cults’ and ‘Polis Religion’” und Einführung zum Projekt Herr Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke Musikalischer Programmpunkt Gitarren-Duo der Musikschule Erfurt Festvortrag „Sieh mich an! Mein Vater war berühmt: Selbstdarstellungen von Priestern im römischen Nahen Osten als Mittel zur Herstellung situationsbezogener Bedeutung“ Frau Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja (Aarhus) 18.30 – 20.00 Stehempfang mit Getränken und Buffet Ca. 20.00 Ende der Veranstaltung
TUESdAY, 11 JUNE 2013 16.30 Admission 17.00 – 18.30 Music Guitar-Duo of the Erfurt School of Music Welcome Address of the Thueringen Minister for European Affairs and Head of the State Chancellery of Thuringia Marion Walsmann Welcome Address of the Vice President for Research and Young Researchers Prof. Dr. Patrick Rössler Welcome Address of the Dean of the Max-WeberCenter for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann Welcome Address of the Director of the ERCProject “Lived Ancient Religion: Questioning ‘Cults’ and ‘Polis Religion’” and Introduction to the Project Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke Music Guitar-Duo of the Erfurt School of Music Public Lecture „Sieh mich an! Mein Vater war berühmt: Selbstdarstellungen von Priestern im römischen Nahen Osten als Mittel zur Herstellung situationsbezogener Bedeutung“ Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja (Aarhus) 18.30 – 20.00 Reception with beverages and buffet Ca. 20.00 End
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Image: Altar with sacrificed ram, Rome, Vat. Mus. Inv. 531 (Arnhold 2013) Contact: email@example.com Organizers: Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke Prof. Dr. Rubina Raja Dr. des. Marlis Arnhold Dr. Valentino Gasparini
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Opening Conference for the ERC Research Project “Lived Ancient Religion: Questioning ‘Cults’ and ‘Polis Religion’” 11th to 14th June 2013 | Thüringer Staatskanzlei and Augustinerkloster, Erfurt
Sharpening the Knife: Making Religion Effective in Everyday Life
open or architecturally defined sites.45 12.45 Lucinda Dirven (Amsterdam): Imagining Religion in Mithraic Cults. and finally the virtual space of literary communication and the intellectual discourses formed therein. The concept of “lived religion”.45 14. In order to bring such an approach to bear on the available evidence. the permanent use of an amulet differs from a one-time ritual (that might.45 14. the secondary space of religious experience and interaction in voluntary or professional associations. however.00 17.45 12. Instead. Program of the Conference at Augustinerkloster. The generalisation of the individual instance (hardly ever representative in a methodologically plausible way) is just as problematic as the reliability of elite descriptions of mass behaviour – this is.30 11. The scope of this conference is to bring together scholars working in different fields and types of sources to propose and discuss methodological approaches that have proven or might prove helpful for elucidating the dimensions of “lived ancient religions”. Genre. methodology is crucial for research in the history of ancient religions. Situation. be remembered time and again).45 17. Innovations and Counter-rites in Marcion’s Roman Community Coffee Marlis Arnhold (Erfurt): The Last One Shuts the Door: Cult-Groups Communicating Through (In)Visibility John North (London): Funeral Rituals and the Significance of the Nenia Dinner at Augustinerkloster 16.00 .45 19. and interactions that could be related to “religion”. To analyse the whole continuum of social interaction ranging from domestic cult to public spaces and professionals is of particular importance. By drawing on the model of “lived religion”. for the ancient Mediterranean usually conceptualised as “gods”. as the results of a culture created in interaction. the spaces shared by many individuals or groups in the public sites of sanctuaries or festival routes.15 18. therefore they should not be studied as if they were an independent variable. considering the relationship of individuals to tradition. and culture in interaction rather than habitus. embodiment rather than ritual. such an assumption could in principle work in either a religiously pluralistic or a mono-confessional society. the stressed role of mediality and the importance given to knowledge and biographical coherence.00 15.00 11. Erfurt WEdNESdAY. and their attempts to “make sense” of religion in a situational manner and thus render it effective. For the time being we suggest grouping contributions and discussions into five groups.00 09. Short contributions of about 20 minutes – leaving enough time of discussion for each contribution and for cross-reference – starting from different types of evidence (but concentrating on methodology within the oral presentation) should create a panorama of innovative approaches and inspire further elaboration and new ideas. urban. A further dimension has to be considered: When were these spaces used in terms of calendar dates or frequency? Clearly. for instance.00 19. but as media. beliefs and communications hinging on human communication with super-human or even transcendent agent(s). It does not address how individuals replicate a set of religious practices and beliefs preconfigured by an institutionalised official religion within their biographies – or. Rubina Raja) Lunch 09.45 Karen King (Harvard): “Religion(s) of the Book”/“Textual Communities”. or that people whose reflection on religion is preserved in the literary tradition left other evidence of personal practices. This is not a material statement about any logical priority of the individual. but a methodological option. their use of space and time. the overall situation in the historical critique of sources. The “lived religion” approach as proposed by the Erfurt project induces methodological modifications in the process of selecting and interpreting the evidence. Ancient religions are only partially receptive to techniques established in social studies to create new data by means of empirical or experimental procedures.30 11. chosen as a starting point.45 Jörg Rüpke (Erfurt): The Implicit Reader of Antiquarian Literature: Questions in Ovid’s Libri fastorum Katharina Waldner (Erfurt): Reading.00 Anton Bierl (Basel): Lived Religion and Construction of Meaning in Greek Literary Texts and Contexts. The use and construction of these social spaces by individual agents have to be indexed topographically. of course. Most of the evidence at our disposal is best to be interpreted neither as “authentic” individual expression nor as institutional “survival”. 12TH JUNE I The Role of Objects (Chair: Rubina Raja) 09. “lived ancient religion” focuses on the actual everyday experience. NY): Everyday Christianity in Third-Century Carthage Coffee Vered Noam (Tel Aviv): Ritual Impurity and Human Intention Christopher Smith (Rome): „Aus altrömischen Priesterbüchern“ Lunch Poster session Venue: Evangelisches Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt Augustinerstraße 10 99084 Erfurt FRIdAY. sharpening its knife As the title of the conference indicates. scattered evidence could be contextualised and interpreted by relating it to individual agents. but rather as a product of providers of religious knowledge and services. each bringing together expertise of various disciplines.00 Markus Vinzent (London): Practical and Cognitive Dissonance: Jewish Liturgical Traditions.00 Departure IV Appropriation (Chair: Jörg Rüpke) 15. When concentrating on practices. organisation or culture as text.30 17. opt out of adhering to tradition. Such “religion” is understood as a spectrum of experiences. 14TH JUNE V Learning and Memory (Chair: Harry Maier) 09.The conference: Looking at methodology. as it focuses on experience rather than symbols. 13TH JUNE III Meaning in Situations (Chair: Marlis Arnhold) 09. has been developed for the description and analysis of contemporary religion (Meredith McGuire).00 10. research will have to concentrate on individual appraisal and interaction in diverse social spaces: the primary space of the house and familial interaction (including familial funeral space).00 09. The Case of Dura-Europos Lara Weiss (Erfurt): Conceptualizing the Creation of the Sacred: Mass Production Vs. Knowledge and Religious Practice: The Derveni Papyrus and its Context Coffee Final discussion (Chair: Jörg Rüpke. It cannot be hoped that extensive descriptions of rituals stem from people whom we know to have practiced them. actions. Ritualisation and elaborate forms of representation are called upon for the success of communication with these addressees. Intention Eric Rebillard (Ithaca.00 10.30 11. and extra-urban. on practices. expressions.45 10. Occasion. one should accept and account for incoherence rather than coherence (even in research into contemporary religion). Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (Beer Sheva): The Transmission and Collections of Traditions in Anthologies Coffee Zsuzsa Varhelyi (Boston): Just Like the Emperor and his Family: Appropriating the Emperors’ Religion in the Roman Empire Angela Standhartinger (Marburg): The Beginning of the Eucharist or Constructing the Lord’s Supper Dinner at Augustinerkloster II Group Styles (Chair: Richard Gordon) 16. Of course. Religious traditions form part of such an environment.00 12. RI): Vows and Curses in Late Roman Palestine Lunch Guided tour through the medieval city THURSdAY. which provides a radical alternative to “cults” and “polis religion” and a way to overcome the latter’s deficits.15 16.30 11. their forming of social coalitions. “priests” or professionals. Handmade Figurines Coffee Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser (Göttingen): Semper odoratis spirabunt floribus arae: Sacrificed Poems in the Third Book of Statius’ Silvae Michael Satlow (Providence. by domestic or commercial. conversely. their negotiation with religious specialists or “providers”. This form of indexing enables the contextualisation of religion in everyday life.