Culture, Religion and Urban Environment in Late Antiquity and Beyond

Classics, University of Glasgow
65 Oakfield Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom
Thursday, 7 August, 2014 - 00:00 to Friday, 8 August, 2014 - 00:00

This workshop draws links between contemporary conceptions of cities and learning to those from antiquity. This event is part of the research project Gaza: Tradition and Leadership in a Learning City, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE Arts & Humanities Research Workshops 2014):

Gaza in Palestine underwent, in common with other cities, a profound transformation during the sixth century AD in society, economy and religion. What is significant about Gaza is its thriving culture, as documented by ample literary and material evidence. The key questions of this project are: how did major figures of religious and secular life create educational authority in the urban context and attempt to shape through their leadership Gaza as a ‘learning city’? To what extent did these attempts respond to the challenges of change? The investigation focuses on the strategies through which cultural visions were disseminated across the civic community and relates them to modern uses of learning for the promotion of urban regeneration. The objective of this pilot study is to gain insight into the situational nature of learning across times and cultures.

Attendance is free. If you are able to attend please email [email protected] by Monday 4 August


Date: Thursday, 7 August 2014, and Friday, 8 August 2014
Venue: Classics, University of Glasgow, 65 Oakfield Avenue, Murray Room

Thursday, 7 August 2014

09.30–10.00 Jan R. Stenger (Glasgow): Introduction
10.00–10.50 Michael Osborne (Glasgow): Learning cities
11.20–12.10 Nigel Sprigings (Glasgow): The impact of culture on urban development
14.30–15.20 Claudia Tiersch (HU Berlin): A rhetor and his city: Gaza in the letters of Procopius
15.20–16.10 Fotini Hadjittofi (Lisbon): Town and Gown in the Orations of Choricius
16.40–17.30 David Westberg (Uppsala): Virtues old and new: Choricius on courage
18.00 Martin Hose (Munich): Public lecture: The importance of the Greek polis for Greek literature

Friday, 8 August 2014

09.00–09.50 Jan R. Stenger (Glasgow): Cultural leadership in Gaza
09.50–10.40 Therese Fuhrer (Munich): Rhetorics of theology: religious debates in late antique Carthage
11.10–12.00 Christa Gray (Glasgow): Jerome, Quintilian, and Little Paula: ideal education and ideology
12.00–12.50 Vicky Gunn (Glasgow): Contemporary Christian pluralism and civic higher education

Jan Stenger

Professor Jan R. Stenger
Classics, School of Humanities
University of Glasgow
65 Oakfield Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ


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