Religion and Doctor Who Day Poster

Above is the poster for the Religion and Doctor Who day conference being held at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library on November 2nd. Caroline Symcox is the keynote speaker. Perhaps we should try to also have that day be a day for a Doctor Who and Religion synchroblog? For those who, like myself, [Read More…]

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The Day of the Doctor

This is apparently the official poster for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. The BBC has released some additional details about the episode. A pressing question for some of us is this: What were the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature thinking, scheduling their annual meeting so that it overlaps with such [Read More…]

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Religion and Doctor Who Day

There is now a page on the University of Manchester website about the upcoming day conference on religion and Doctor Who: Join scholars from the UK, US and Scandinavia as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a wide-ranging examination of the way it has dealt with (and been used by) religion and [Read More…]

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Durch Dein Wort ward jegliches Ding!

The proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Mandaic and Samaritan Studies, held in Berlin in 2008, has appeared in print, published by Harrassowitz Verlag. The title is »Durch Dein Wort ward jegliches Ding!« You can read the table of contents online in pdf format. A prepublication draft of Charles Häberl’s chapter on a Mandaean folktale can [Read More…]

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Technological Transformation

I am writing this on a bus with free wi-fi that will (unless something unexpected happens) take me to Heathrow Airport. That I could pop across the Atlantic for a conference in Oxford for a few days is itself a marvel of technology, but one that has been around for a while now (and was [Read More…]

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The End of the 2013 ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans

The ARAM conference on the Mandaeans officially ended at 7pm this evening (although some of us hung out afterwards). Here is a final photo we took in front of the Oriental Institute with most of the attendees: This includes the scholars as well as some Mandaeans who attended not because they are academics, but because [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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