God’s Word Questioned
Biblical Criticism and Scriptural Authority in the Dutch Golden Age
30 August – 1 September 2012 (Utrecht University)
Scholars and theologians of the seventeenth century approached the bible with the tools developed by previous generations of Renaissance humanists like Erasmus and Scaliger: textual criticism, linguistic understanding, rhetorical analysis, and historical contextualisation. This expertise promised to resolve a multitude of problems concerning the literal text of the Bible. But in fact philology only increased the number of problems, to the point of jeopardizing the very authority of the Bible itself. Near the end of the seventeenth century scholars who were discouraged by radical criticism and exuberant erudition, redefined textual criticism and historia sacra was transformed into critica sacra.
In this conference, we chart the development and impact of biblical criticism. As we understand it, ‘philology’ not only comprises linguistics, textual criticism, history of transmission, but also antiquarianism, legal history, chronology and comparative religious history. Questions which we will address include: When did the growing awareness of the instability of the biblical text conflict with theological exegesis? How did philologists and theologians clash? Were their discourses compatible? How did discussions between academic professors spill over into the public sphere? In what ways did radical thinkers profit from these frictions?
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Early Enlightenment Conversations on Religion and the State : Expert meeting II
21 – 22 November 2011 (Utrecht University – Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Biblical Criticism and Secularization participates in the Expert meeting with three presentations.
King James Bible Conference
The Bible in the Seventeenth Century: The Authorised Version Quatercentenary (1611-2011)
7 – 9 July 2011 (University of York)
Deviance and Orthodoxy
Swansea University Postgraduate History Forum
23 – 24 June 2011 (Swansea University)
Historical discourse is often dominated by attempts to preserve orthodoxy, be it cultural, societal, or political. However, history is also marked by the emergence of deviant parties who seek to challenge or overthrow the ‘norms’ of the environments they inhabit. This Symposium seeks to explore these themes, with a broad focus on the ways in which deviance and orthodoxy are portrayed in written and visual sources drawn from a range of periods, subjects and places. The Symposium will include delegate papers, a keynote lecture, a symposium dinner, and the option of a trip to a local site of historical interest on 24 June 2011.
Please send a 200-250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be considered for a paper of 20 minutes. Please include your name, level of study, institution and research area. Proposals should be sent to arrive no later than FRIDAY 26 April 2011 at 12 noon .
Second International Conference
on the History of the Humanities
The Making of the Humanities II
21 – 23 October 2010 (University of Amsterdam)
The conference will take place in the historical Doelenzaal, built in 1509, which is now part of the University Library of the University of Amsterdam, Singel 425, Amsterdam.
Joep Leerssen (Univ. of Amsterdam) on Philology: Vico to Grimm
Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (1300-1700)
17 – 19 June 2010 (KNAW, Amsterdam)