Bible and Antiquity - Conference

3 April 2017, 09:30 - 5 April 2017, 17:00

G.21, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 9DA

This three-day international conference will be the culminating event for the 'Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture' Project, which is now in its fifth year. It will bring together scholars from diverse fields, including classics, cultural history, english literature, art history, and theology, in order to investigate the interface between the study of the Bible and the study of antiquity both in Victorian Britain and the wider world. 

The conference is supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, and by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463.

This conference is convened by the Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture Project Group.

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Programme of Events

Monday 3 April  
11:30 - 12:00 Registration
12:00 - 13:20

Suzanne Marchand

The Death of Romanticism and its Philological and Historical Consequences

Respondent: Glenn Most (University of Chicago)

13:20 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:50

Katherine Harloe (University of Reading)

Heyne’s biblical-classical comparison: contexts, character and reception

Respondent: Theodor Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge)

15:50 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:50

Brian Young (University of Oxford)

George Grote and some contemporaries: atheist and Christian conceptions of Greek Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Respondent: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 4 April  
09:30 - 11:00

Martha Vandrei (University of Exeter)

Universalising disciplines in the nineteenth-century: responses to a fragmenting world

Respondent: Jocelyn Betts (University of Cambridge)

11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:50

Jeremy Morris (University of Cambridge)

The politics of liturgical renewal: Christian antiquity, Scripture and confessional identity in the long nineteenth century

Respondent: Tim Larsen (Wheaton College)

12:50 - 13:50 Lunch
13:50 - 15:10

Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham)

Biblical imagery and the invention of Victorian art at the 1887 Manchester Jubilee Exhibition

Respondent: Shinjini Das (University of Cambridge)

15:10 - 15:40 Break
15:40 - 17:00

Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh)

Between ‘Popes and Caesars’: St Paul, Protestant Bible Culture, and the Building of the American Episcopal Church in Rome

Respondent: Michael Ledger-Lomas (King’s College London)

17:30 - 18:50

Ayla Lepine (University of Essex)

Jerusalems New and Old: Tracing Biblical Echoes in Britain and America’s Utopian Twentieth-Century Cathedral

Respondent: Carrie Vout (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday 5 April  
10:00 - 11:20

Norman Vance (University of Sussex)

Martial, St Paul and the Essex Girl: a Legend Revived

Respondent: Gareth Atkins (University of Cambridge)

11:20 - 11:50 Break
11:50 - 13:10

Ruth Abbott (University of Cambridge)

George Eliot in the Biblioteca Magliabechiana

Respondent: Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford)

13:10 - 14:10 Lunch
14:10 - 15:30

Brian Murray (King’s College London)

The Martyr of Melanesia: The Cult of Coleridge Patteson               

Respondent: Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde)

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:20

Robert Priest (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The principle of Oberammergau is fused with that of Athens: The Biblical and the Classical at the Oberammergau Passion Play, 1830 –1910

Respondent: Ruth Jackson (University of Cambridge)

17:30 - 18:00

Final Words

Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)