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Memory and Identity in Early Christianity

University of South Africa, Pretoria
DATE: October 6- 8 2001

The symposium explores the many aspects of the development of early Christian identity(-ies) in the Mediterranean world of the first centuries. Tradition, and the contextualizing of tradition, was at the core of claims and perceptions of self-understanding by those who claimed allegiance to Jesus of Nazareth during the first and second centuries of the Common Era. Yet, what was remembered and invoked as authoritative? By whom and why? A growing sense of identity correlates with distinct memories. Memory is cultural, local, embodied. Memory is social, ideological, processual. Memory is power, but also ephemeral. Above all, memory is discourse. With this conference we seek to explore how identity and tradition interrelate and how they were contextualised within the social dynamics of the time (see abstract below). Apart from literary/textual investigations, we encourage contributions with an historical or archaeological concern. Enquiries regarding theoretical and methodological issues, the design of interpretive strategies and the fabrication of a sociohistoriography are also welcomed.

  • This year's symposium is a collaborative effort of the Department of New Testament & Early Christian Studies at the University of South Africa and Dr. Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, participant in the “Jesus in Cultural Complexity” Research Project, University of Oslo, and aims at fostering interdisciplinary perspectives.

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