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Thursday, 13 December, 2012

11:00-13:45     Arrival in Oud Poelgeest Castle and installation (incl. an informal lunch buffet).


Chair: Dr Hagit Amirav, VU University Amsterdam

14:00-14:15     Dr Hagit Amirav: Welcome and Formal Opening.

14:15-15:15      Prof. Averil Cameron (Oxford University): New Themes and Styles Revisited Again: Literature, Theology and Social and Political Change

(Open Lecture).

15:15-15:30     Coffee break


Chair: Prof. Guy Stroumsa, University of Oxford

15:30-16:30     Prof. Wout van Bekkum (University of Groningen): Developments and Changes in Jewish Hymnology (5th-8th centuries).

16:30-17:45     Drinks reception at the bar of Oud Poelgeest Castle.


17:45-20:00     Dinner hosted by Prof. Wim Janse, Vice Rector of VU University Amsterdam and dean ofthe Faculty of Theology.

20:00-21:00    Duo MAdrigale: Susanne Jaspers (violin) and Eva Smit (viola), members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; with German poetry read by Dr. Sabine Hiebsch.

21:00-22:30     Drinks at the Bar of Oud Poelgeest Castle.


Friday, 14 December, 2012


8:00-9:30          Breakfast


Chair: Prof. Averil Cameron, University of Oxford

9:30-10:15       Dr Hagit Amirav (VU University Amsterdam): The Christian Commonwealth in Anti-Heretical Texts: The Case of the Emperor Justinian.

10:15-10:30     Coffee break

10:30-11:15      Dr Joke van Saane (VU University Amsterdam): Psychological Models and Concepts of Authority, in Relation to (Contemporary) Religion.

11:15-11:30       Coffee break


Chair: Prof. Faustina Doufikar-Aerts, VU University, Amsterdam

11:30-12:30     Prof. Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität, Berlin): The Qur’an and the Discovery of Writing: An Epistemic Turn in Late Antiquity. (in absentia, read by Prof. Guy Stroumsa, Oxford University.)


12:30-14:00     Lunch


Chair: Prof. Wout van Bekkum, University of Groningen

14:00-15:00     Prof. Nicholas de Lange (University of Cambridge): A General Survey of Internal Developments within Judaism, 5th-8th Centuries

(Open Lecture)

15:00-15:15      Coffee break


Chair: Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny, Leiden University

15:15-16:00     Dr. Emilie Villey (Humboldt University, Berlin): Syriac Astronomical Texts (6th-8th c.): Christian Voices Defending Ptolemaic

Astronomical Science.

16:00-17:00    Dr. Muriel Debié (CNRS, Paris): Historical and Hagiographical Genres in Syriac Literature.

17:00-18:00    Drinks in de Boerhaavezaal

18:00-19:45    Dinner


Excursion to Leiden

19:45                Departure to the Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden

20:00-22:00    Tineke Rooijakkers (Leiden University): New Styles, New Fashions: Christian Dress in Late Antique, Early Islamic, and Modern Egypt.

The lecture will be followed by a presentation of the Textile Research Centre by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (director TRC) and drinks.

Saturday, 15 December, 2012


8:00-9:30          Breakfast


Chair: Prof. Petra Sijpesteijn, Leiden University

10:00-10:45     Prof. Faustina Doufikar-Aerts (VU University Amsterdam): The Arabic Version of a Hellenistic Mirror for Princes, Written at the Umayyad Court for Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (reigned 724-743).

10:45-11:00      Coffee break

11:00-11:45      Prof. Mariella Menchelli (University of Pisa): Synesius’ Curricular Studies and his Mirror for Princes: Some Observations on the Genre of specula principum in the First Centuries of Byzantium.

11:45-12:00     Coffee break


Chair: Prof. Paul van Geest, Tilburg University and VU University Amsterdam

12:00-12:30     Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny (Leiden University): Conclusions and publication procedure.

12:30-14:00     Lunch and farewell.