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International Seminar on Asceticism

A wide range of international experts will be visiting Aarhus on this occasion. The seminar is open for all members of the Department of the Study of Religion, but you will need to sign up for it by the 28 October

2017.09.29 | Bente Langballe Kejser

Date Fri 03 Nov Sat 04 Nov
Time 09:30    18:00
Location Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Bldg. 1453, room 513
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Friday 3rd of November

9:30-9:45 Opening of the seminar and presentation of speakers Mette Bjerregaaard Mortensen and Anders Klostergaard Petersen 

Asceticism in Israelite-Jewish Religion:

9:45-10:15: Hans Jørgen Lundager Jensen, Aarhus University: Asceticism in Early Judaism: Collective and Individual

10:15:10:45: Brief discussion of the paper

10:45:11:15: Coffee break

11:15-11:45: Jason Zurawski, University of Groningen: Askēsis: Education for the Agōn of the Corporeal World in Hellenistic Judaism

11:45-12:15: Brief discussion of the paper

Asceticism as a General Phenomenon in the History of Religion:

12:15-12:45: Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Aarhus University: Continuity and Discontinuity relating to the Phenomenon of Asceticism throughout the History of Religion: From a Ritually to an Ideologically Determined Form of Asceticism ― or from Hunter-Gatherers’, Agricultural, and Urban Types of Religion to Cosmos and Global Forms of Religion.

12:45-13:15: Brief discussion of the paper

13:15-14:15 Lunch 

Asceticism in the Context of Early Christianity:

14:15-14:45: Jan Bremmer, Groningen University: Athanasius’ Life of Antony: Marginality, Spatiality and Mediality

14:45-15:15: Brief discussion of the paper.

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-16:15: Laura Feldt, University of Southern Denmark: Training in the Forest: Asceticism, Writing, and the Fantastic in The Life of the Jura Fathers (Gaul, ca. 520)

16:15-16:45: Brief discussion

16:45-17:15 Ingvild Gilhus, University of Bergen: Between Animals and Angels – Challenges of the Ascetic Life

17:15-17:45: Brief discussion of the paper

18:30-: Festive dinner at Restaurant Früd16 

Saturday 4th of November

Asceticism in the Wider Context of the History of Religion:

9:30-10:00: Einar Thomassen, Bergen University: Asceticism at the Threshold between Christianity and Formative Islam

10:00:-10:30: Brief discussion of the paper

Coffee Break 10:30-11:00 

Asceticism in the Context of Formative Islam:

11:00-11:30 Michael Bonner, University of Michigan: Poverty and (or versus?) Asceticism in the Qur’ân

11:30-12:00: Brief discussion of the paper

12:00-12:30: Mette Bjerregaard Mortensen, Aarhus University, Spatial Expressions of Ascetic Tendencies in the Qur’ân

12:30-13:00: Brief discussion of the paper

13:00-14:00: Lunch 

14:00-14:30: Guillaume Dye, Free University of Brussels: Ascetic and non-Ascetic Layers in the Qur’ân.

14:30-15:00: Brief discussion of the paper

15:00-15:30 Coffee break  

15:30-16:00: Carlos Segovia, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus: Asceticism and the Early Quranic Milieu: A Symptomatic Reading of Q 17:79, 43:36, 73:1-8, 74:43, 76:26, and 108

16:00-16:30: Brief discussion of the paper  

16:30-17:45: Closure of the Seminar: What Have We Learned and how Do We Move forward? ― Anders Klostergaard Petersen: Brief summary leading to general discussion 

17:45-18:00 Possible publication ― Mette Bjerregaard Mortensen 

19:00 Drinks and festive dinner at the Petersen house Nørregade 38, 2nd T.L.