The Unbelievable Past Conference

The Unbelievable Past Conference August 12, 2016

I wish I could make it to this amazing-looking conference coming up in September

The Unbelievable Past Conference, 14–16 September, 2016

Fragments of an Unbelievable Past?

Constructions of Provenance, Narratives of Forgery

University of Agder


Open lecture at Myren Gård:

18:00– Nina Burleigh (Newsweek), “Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land”

20:00 Dinner


Thursday (A7–006)

9:15 – 9:30 Årstein Justnes (University of Agder), “[An Unbelievable] Introduction”


Session I, chair: Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF Norwegian School of Theology)

9:30 – 10:30 Nina Burleigh (Newsweek), “The Post-Factual Museum: Curating Ancient History to Influence Politics 101”

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Roberta Mazza (University of Manchester), “Papyrology and Ethics: The Problem of Provenance”

12:00 – 13:00 Nils Hallvard Korsvoll (MF Norwegian School of Theology), “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: How Is Authenticity Dealt with When Provenance Is Not an Issue?”

13:00 – 14.00 Lunch (meeting room A)


Session II, chair: Tor Vegge (University of Agder)

14:00 – 15:00 Nicola Denzey Lewis (Brown University), “Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Library”

15:00 – 16:00 Eva Mroczek (University of California, Davis), “The Secret Lives of Texts: The Discovery Narrative as a Literary and Theological Tradition”

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 Kipp Davis (Trinity Western University), “Gleanings from the Cave of Wonders? Patterns of Correspondence in the Post-2002 DSS Fragments”

17:30 – Prosecco and a light meal

19:30 Dinner


Friday (A7-006)

Session III, chair: Torleif Elgvin (NLA University College)

9:15 – 10:15 Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo), “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: The Full Story”

10:15 – 11:15 Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF Norwegian School of Theology), “Media Dynamics and Academic Knowledge Production: Tracing the Role of the Media in the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Saga”

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:45 Tommy Wasserman (Örebro School of Theology & Ansgar School of Theology), “Simonides’ New Testament Papyri: Their Production and Purported Provenance”

12:45 – 13:00 Summary

13.00 – Lunch (meeting room A)

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  • Phil Ledgerwood

    And the winner of Most Ambiguous Conference Title goes to…