Location & Dislocation in Early Modern Religion
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:
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)
10:00-11:30 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)
11:30-1:00 Lunch for presenters/panelists (JHI, 10th Floor seminar room)
1:00-2:30 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)
3:00-4:30 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