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Guiding Travelers Workshop: Visual Religion

donderdag 10 december 2015
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden

On Thursday 10 December 2015 a workshop will be organised within the "Guiding Travelers" initiative. The meeting takes place from 11:00-13:00 hours in Vrieshof 1/001. 

This workshop is part of a series of events that are organised by the Guiding Travelers Program and co-sponsered by Global Interactions. For more information about this initiative, please visit the website.  

Visual religion

The next meeting will be on “Visual Religion”. This meeting will explore how religious communities appear in material and textual remains, and what these expressions and material forms say about the interaction, contacts and overlap between religious communities, and how ‘fixed’ and identifiable/recognisable/definable religious communities are in our sources.

Two guests are invited who will start by addressing the topic in 20-minute papers:

Robert Carter, Senior Lecturer at UCL Qatar, and a specialist of Middle Eastern and Arab World archaeology from the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Islam, will speak about his work on the archaeology of Christianity in the Gulf.

Jeremy Johns, Professor of the Art & Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean at Oxford University and Director of the Khalili Research Centre,  will speak on ‘Muslim artists and Christian patrons in the Fatimid Mediterranean: Palermo and Fustat.’

Three Leiden colleagues will respond in 10-minute reactions from their own expertise:

Jürgen Zangenberg will feed in observations from the synagogue excavations he is co-directing on Horvat Kur (Galilee): www.kinneret-excavations.org

Gabrielle van den Berg will discuss the topic based on her work with Persian literary texts.

Corey Williams will bring his anthropological and religious studies background into the discussion. 

We invite all of you to add to the comparison with examples from your own work and expertise. How are religious identities expressed in your period and sources? Do religious communities form discrete entities? How can processes of religious interaction, fusion or emancipation be traced in your sources? What definition (checklist, mould) do you apply when identifying religious communities?


Please let us know if you are planning to attend and if you are interested in joining us for lunch after the workshop. You can registrate yourself via: lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Guiding Travelers

The Guiding Travelers program investigates the connections between various 'medieval networks'. Questions raised concern: Institutional issues; the agency of people and objects; the role of geography in physically established connections; the spread of information and technological change; and how these aspects evolved between the 6th and 13th century on the Eurasian continent.

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