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3-day KNAW Academy Colloquium: Making Sense of Religious Texts

Wanneer:di 27-10-2015 17:00 - 18:00
Waar:The Trippenhuis, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam

This Academy Colloquium, which is organized under the auspices of the KNAW, will gather scholars in different fields and working on texts and with texts, in order to provoke a debate on textuality that goes across religious traditions and academic disciplines.

The Conference Committee is formed by three scholars from the University of Groningen: Sabrina Corbellini (Medieval History/History of Reading in Premodern Europe), Mladen Popović (Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, Director of the Qumran Institute) and Stefania Travagnin (Religion in China, Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia).


Texts and textual analysis are still a much-discussed topic in social and cultural research. Foundational arguments on textual analysis have contested the role of language and logocentric expressions, however the study of religious cultures seems to be strongly text-coded, and indeed the study of and on texts has always been crucial in the academic research and teaching of religion. Up to date scholarship has, however, discussed ‘text’ predominantly within one specific religious tradition, with the effect that ‘text’ has been debated within the boundaries of one religious identity and not from an inter-religious and inter-cultural perspective. Furthermore, texts have been only seldom assessed through an interdisciplinary perspective that sets the ‘textual’ in relation and dispute with the ‘extra-textual’ (such as rituals and material culture).


Day 1 - 27 October 2015
15.00-15.30 ~ INTRODUCTION by Sabrina Corbellini, Mladen Popović and Stefania Travagnin
15.30-17.00 ~ PANEL: Modalities of Texts

Day 2 - 28 October 2015
9.30-11.00 ~ PANEL: Authority of/on Texts I
11.00-11.15 ~ COFFEE & TEA BREAK
11.15-13.15 ~ PANEL: Authority of/on Text II
13.15-14.30 ~ LUNCH
14.30-16.00 ~ PANEL: Practice (Ritualizing & Visualizing Texts) I
16.00-16.30 ~ COFFEE & TEA BREAK
16.30-17.30 ~ PANEL: Practice (Ritualizing & Visualizing Texts) II
19.00 ~ DINNER

Day 3 - 29 October 2015
9.30-10.30 ~ PANEL: Materiality of Texts I
10.30-11.00 ~COFFEE & TEA BREAK
11.00-12.00 ~PANEL: Materiality of Texts II
12.00-13.30 ~ LUNCH
13.30-15.00 ~PANEL: Transmission and Translation of Texts I
15.00-15.30 ~ COFFEE & TEA BREAK
15.30-17.30 ~PANEL: Transmission and Translation of Texts II
17.30-17.45 ~ CLOSING REMARKS by Sabrina Corbellini, Mladen Popović and Stefania Travagnin

The Colloquium will be followed by the Masterclass Textual Diversity in Context, on the 30th of October, also at The Trippenhuis.

More information

For more information about the colloquiem and full programme please visit the webiste.