This series of seminars is worth sharing:
Forgotten Christianities – An Early Career Research Seminar
Forgotten Christianities is a new initiative sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) through the ‘Critical Thinking Communities’ initiative and the Ancient World Research Cluster (Wolfson College, Oxford).
For the purposes of this project, ‘Forgotten Christianities’ are defined as those Christian linguistic and ethnic self-defined groups which traditionally have been overlooked by mainstream academia including, Georgian, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic, and Arabic Christianity. The “Forgotten Christianities” seminars will explore critical theories of identity formation, communal memory, and intellectual exchange in the history of the Eastern and Oriental Churches.
Each session will bring together doctoral students from various fields such as history, archaeology, theology, and the social sciences. Spanning Late Antiquity, the early Islamic era, and the Middle Ages, they will provide a diachronic and kaleidoscopic view of these historical communities and their self-representation. Participants are invited to engage critically with a range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies, such as postcolonial studies, memory studies, the history of ideas, and the development of cultural, religious, and social identity. Through exploring Christianities outside of Western Europe, the seminars aim to contribute to the paradigm shift which decentralises academic interest from a Eurocentric perspective, while showcasing the interconnectedness of societies.
The conveners Bogdan Draghici (DPhil in Oriental Studies – Syriac, Wolfson College), Dan Gallaher (DPhil in History – Armenian/Byzantine Studies, Balliol College), Alexis Gorby (DPhil in Classical Archaeology, St John’s College) can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals by current DPhil/Ph.D. students and early career researchers for future sessions are welcome.
Seminars will be held on Zoom. Registration links to each event are at the bottom of the page –
I do wish that the organizers had placed the information that is in the poster on their website, for the benefit of those who use screen readers (among others).