First International Workshop on the Cognitive Study of Religious Texts

Place: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 38

Date: 3-4 March 2010

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Train journey planner (From: Schiphol -- To: Groningen)

Accommodation: University Guest House


Wednesday 3 March

8:30-9:00 coffee

9:00-9:20 Opening of the workshop: Ronit Nikolsky; Wout van Bekkum
9:20-9:40 Risto Uro (University of Helsinki), "Cognitive and Evolutionary Approaches to Ancient Rituals: Toward an Integrative Model"
9:40-10:30 comments by Gerd Theißen (University of Heidelberg), Ada Rapoport-Albert (University College London) and E. Thomas Lawson (Queen's University of Belfast), discussion

10:30-11:00 coffee

11:00-11:20 István Czachesz (University of Helsinki), "Religious Texts: Their Origin, Use, and Transmission"
11:20-12:15 comments and discussion

12:15-13:30 lunch break

13.30-13:50 Thomas Kazen (Stockholm School of Theology), "Emotional Fear in Biblical Law Codes"
13:50-14:40 comments and discussion

14:40-15:00 coffee

15:00-15:20 David Chalcraft (University of Derby), "For a Sociology of Mobile Texts: How do (Biblical) Texts Move Across Time, Space and Social Group?"
15:20-16:10 comments and discussion

Thursday 4 March

8:30-9:00 coffee

9:00-9:20 Tamás Biró (University of Amsterdam), "Who Circumcised Abraham? -- Ritual Agency in Jewish Texts"
9:20-10:10 comments and discussion

10.10-10.30 coffee

10:30-10:50 Ronit Nikolsky (University of Groningen), "The Expulsion of Hagar: A Study in the Non-reformattable Exogram"
10:50-11:40 comments and discussion

11:40-13:00 general discussion and business meeting