Female Figures in Mandaean Religious Art

The first presentation this morning was by Sandra van Rompaey and was about the way female figures are depicted in Mandaean religious art. There are distinctive features, such as how the bodies are shaded and whether they have hair. But there is also a parity, an equality to male beings, in how they are depicted, [Read More...]

Mandaean Banquet

One nice feature of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans is having a banquet one night. Last time as well as this time, it was held at Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant. In addition to being attended by scholars working on some aspect of Mandaean life, literature, history, or Mandaic language, some Mandaeans living in the UK [Read More...]

Proceedings from Previous ARAM Conferences on the Mandaeans

It was good to see that the proceedings from previous conferences on the Mandaeans – in 2007 and 2009 – have finally appeared in print. There is a display copy here!   [Read more...]

Conference Papers (ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans, Morning Session, 8 July 2013)

The ARAM conference on the Mandaeans started this morning, and my paper was in the first session. It was well received and generated interesting discussion and questions. I will share the paper at some point, but the main point is easily summarized. Mandaean literature mentions the name of Jerusalem far more frequently than other literature [Read More...]

Wadham College, Oxford

Today the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans will be starting at the Oriental Institute here in Oxford, England. Oxford is such a great city, and I am staying at bed & breakfast accommodations at Wadham College. The rooms are very nice ones in a modern building, but that building is situated within a very historic [Read More...]

En Route to Oxford

I’m leaving today for Oxford in England, to attend the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans at the Oriental Institute. I hope to be able to blog, and blog about the conference. But I have scheduled some posts to appear over the next few days, just to be safe. Depending on internet access, I may or [Read More...]

SBL Program Book Available

Thanks to Dan McClellan for pointing out that the Society of Biblical Literature 2013 Annual Meeting program book is now online. Below are details of the two sessions in which I’m presenting, and I’ve included links in the titles of my papers to the abstracts for them: S23-228 Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship 11/23/2013 1:00 PM [Read More...]

Final Program for the ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans

I received the final version of the program for the upcoming conference on the Mandaeans at the Oriental Institute in Oxford. Here it is: MONDAY, JULY 08, 2013 (Venue: The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane) Chairperson:Rifaat Ebied (Sydney University) 09:00-10:00     Charles G. Häberl (The State University of New Jersey) “Dating the language of the Mandaean Book [Read More...]

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who (Conference Announcement and Call for Papers)

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 2nd November 2013 Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in November 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off [Read More...]

CFP: Academic Loncon 3

Today I had my attention drawn to the fact that the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, known this year as Loncon 3 because it will be in London, will have an academic component, Academic Loncon 3. The theme will be “Diversity in Speculative Fiction.” Visit the Academic Loncon 3 website for more details [Read More...]

Doxacon

Thanks to Rod at Political Jesus for pointing out that there will be a conference in July about science fiction and fantasy, held under the auspices of the Orthodox Church in America. It is called Doxacon. There’s something very cool about a sci-fi and fantasy conference which features Vespers and other elements of divine liturgy! [Read More...]


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