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Location & Dislocation in Early Modern Religion

Location & Dislocation in Early Modern Religion
JHB 100
Time: Oct 22nd, 10:00 am End: Oct 22nd, 5:30 pm
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The Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group on Early Modern Exiles, the Centre for Dispora and Transnational Studies, and Trinity College are pleased to present:

Location & Dislocation in Early Modern Religion

This workshop will be the second of four that are being held through the 2011-12 academic year in conjunction with the JHI Exiles Working group and leading towards an international conference at the University of Toronto on Early Modern Migrations: Exiles, Expulsion, and Religious Refugees (19-21 April 2012).

Each of the four workshops explores a particular sub-theme within the larger project, and Location & Dislocation in Early Modern Religion will focus on exploring three stages of the dynamics at work, with an emphasis on specifically religious movements/groups/texts.


  • Nicholas Terpstra (CDTS & History – University of Toronto)
  • Greta Kroeker (History – University of Waterloo)
  • Marvin Anderson (History & Religious Studies – University of T)


The workshop will be organized into 3 sessions in order to discuss three sets of issues:

  • Exclusions
  • Motions
  • Meetings & Mergings

We plan a format in which a number of speakers will come and address themes within the 3 sessions. Rather than have individuals present papers, we have assembled panels of 4 or 5, sent them a number of common questions in advance, and have a chair who will pose the questions and direct discussion at the workshop itself. Each panel/session will have scholars whose research engages different religious traditions, with the aim of exploring cross-cultural similarities, differences, and distinctions, similarities, and differences.

Chair for all 3 panels: Steven Bednarski (University of Waterloo)

1. Exclusions: Ideas of Exile (What theological and intellectual forces lie behind the drive to segregate and expel?)


  • How did early modern Christians, Jews, and Muslims conceive of religious exile?
  • How did these cultures think socially & religiously of purity and contagion?
  • How did they differentiate themselves from others?
  • How was exile used as a tool for safeguarding identity?
  • Did the drive to remove others come from concerns about contagion, or out of a drive to reach a higher degree of Christian practice?
  • What role do concepts of the 'end times' and judgement day play? Apocalypse?


  • Bernadette Andrea (University of Texas, San Antonio)
  • Mark Meyerson (University of Toronto)
  • Gary Boucher (St. Anselm College)
  • Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto)

Lunch for presenters/panelists (JHI, 10th Floor seminar room)

2. Motions: Theologies In/Of Exile
: (Theology in/of/from exile, including both those forced into exile and those who go willingly; how motion shapes thought; the impacts of the metaphor of exile on theological texts, catechisms, group identities)


  • How does the reality of exile shape theology in the Christian, Jewish, & Muslim traditions?
  • What is the concept of a promised land in each tradition?
  • How does it shape what people seek?
  • Does it drive those who 'voluntarily' exile themselves?
  • What are the textual foundations or scriptural traditions?
  • Do concepts of resurrection enter in? (eg., a phoenix rising from the ashes)
  • Do people have a notion of vindication through suffering?
  • What happens to theology when it can no longer be public, or when it goes ‘underground’?
  • How do theologians work with the spectre of the ‘threatening other'


  • Marvin Anderson (University of Toronto)
  • Bernard Cooperman (University of Maryland)
  • Ward Holder (St. Anselm College)
  • Greta Kroeker (University of Waterloo)

3. Meetings & Mergings: Promised Lands & Plantations
(Where exiles go, and what conversations develop within, between, and among groups globally).


  • How do people live in exile with other groups?
  • How do mainstreams relate?
  • How do cultures shift/adapt/hybridize?
  • How do they maintain and how to they traverse boundaries?
  • How real are the boundaries?
  • How does exile shape cultural and intellectual production?
  • What is the imaginative life like?


  • Megan Armstrong (McMaster University)
  • Adam Duker (Notre Dame University)
  • Bindu Malieckal (St. Anselm College)
  • Ken Mills (University of Toronto)
  • Natalie Rothman (University of Toronto)

4:30 – 5:30
Wrap up discussion

6:00- 7:30
Closing Wine & Cheese Reception
sponsored by Trinity College for panelists and audience members.
Location: Provost's Lodge, Trinity College

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