Philology and Church History in Europe: the ancient manuscript as object of desire

Public event with live stream

Professor Dr. Blossom Stefanie will be switched to the lecture hall of the Kolleg via zoom and will give the lecture digitally.

This lecture examines the relationship between patriarchy and patristics, considering patristics both as a mode of historiography and as a philological praxis based on specific textual objects. My aim is to de-naturalize the imagined connection between western Europe and the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world, specifically early Christianity, in order to question the assumption that patristic manuscripts are the obvious patrimony of Europe. By looking at definitions of the field of patristics on university websites, along with introductions to patristic manuscript collections or editions, interactions between historiographical imagination, textual objects, and academic praxis will be traced. This re-examination of often matter-of-course discourses around patristics will suggest that patristics is at the intersection of a number of patriarchal systems and that naming the discipline in those terms clarifies a number of paradoxes.
Blossom Stefaniw is Professor of the Intellectual History of Christianity in Oslo. Her current research focuses on the interactions of race and gender with the early Christian archive, especially the trafficking of patristic manuscripts from Egypt to Europe in the 19th century. Professor Stefaniw has two monographs on early Christian knowledge cultures, most recently Christian Reading, which appeared in 2019 with the University of California Press. Her most well-known article appeared in 2020 under the title Feminist Historiography and Uses of the Past. Professor Stefaniw held a Heisenberg Fellowship from 2017 to 2023 and prior to that taught in Halle, Mainz, Aarhus and Erfurt.

Moderation: Dr. Tobias Jammerthal


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The digital lecture will be recorded for use in the college's media library. Only the speaker, his/her presentation and the moderator will be heard or seen in the recording. Video, audio or chat contributions are not recorded. A "REC" sign at the edge of the picture informs the participants.

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