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Preparatory Workshop: Programme


This preparatory workshop was held as an informal gathering, meant to explore the possibility of a joint application on the subject of social exclusion and inclusion in respect of religious minorities in late antique polemics, including the possibility of later manipulation of sources. It was given the provisional title:

Emotional Communities and the Interplay of History in the Abrahamic Religions.

and was held at the Castle of Oud Poelgeest, Oegstgeest (The Netherlands), on 12-14 December, 2014.

Convenor: Hagit Amirav, VU University Amsterdam
Funded by: the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): Beyond the Fathers Project

Original programme handout (pdf)


18:00 – Welcome, Dinner, Reception


10:00 – 10:30 Hagit Amirav, VU University Amsterdam: Opening

10:30 – 11:00 Jos Verheyden, University of Leuven: Methods and Approaches in the Study of the Manipulation of anti-Jewish Polemics

11:00 – 11:30 Vanja Ljujic: Strategies of Social Exclusion, Spinning, and Hate Speech: Past and Present

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee/Tea Break

11:45 – 12:15 Johannes den Heijer, Université Catholique de Louvain: The International Copto-Arabic Historiography Project: Polemical Patterns, Stereotypes, and Formulae

12:15 – 13:00 Paul van Geest, University of Tilburg/VU University Amsterdam: Augustine on the Jews

13:00 – 14:45 Lunch, Tour of the Castle and its Grounds

14:45 – 15:15 Mat Immerzeel, VU University Amsterdam: Enemies of the Church: Visualized Rhetorics from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

15:15 – 15:45 Jan van Ginkel, VU University Amsterdam: The Typology of Christian Invectives against Others

15:45 – 16:15 Evangelos Chrysos, University of Athens: The Typology of Invectives in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: Papal Contra Graecos and Byzantine Contra Latinos

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break

16:30 – 17:00 Gerard Wiegers, University of Amsterdam: An Ongoing HERA Project: Encounters with the Orient – Scope, Objectives, and Practicalities

18:00 – 21:00 Dinner

21:00 – 21:30 Music at the Small Restaurant: Hagit Amirav (Viola) and Mette Lise Boumeester (Piano)


10:00 – 10:30 Istvan Perczel, CEU, Budapest: Pseudo-Caesarius and the Rise of Christian Anti-Judaism

10:30 – 11:00 Joseph Lucas, VU University Amsterdam/Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Cyril of Alexandria’s Sermons Against the Jews

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee/Tea Break

11:15 – 12:30 Bas ter Haar Romeny and Hagit Amirav: Conclusion and Farewell

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch