13th Enoch Seminar – Nangeroni Meeting

Virtus et Humanitas: Virtues and Values in Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian Paideia at the Turn of the Common Area

Start date:

29 May 2022 16:30

End date:

03 June 2022 13:30

Location:

Bodø
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Seminar Description

This interdisciplinary and multi-institutional conference at the Nord University will focus on the role of education in cultivating and passing on virtues and values in the ancient Mediterranean world at the turn of the common area and in relation to theories of education as developed today​.

While much has been written about education in antiquity, very little of it has been devoted to this crucial aspect of education. This is astonishing, given the fact that the transmission of values has always played a fundamental role in education, from antiquity to the present.
Values are often understood as drafts for the execution of a good life, which then take shape in guidelines or certain norms. In turn, these norms shape and support the relationship one has not only to oneself but also to one’s fellow human beings and to the gods. Values hold societies and epochs together, but they are also culturally and contextually bound.

In ancient Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian literature we find extensive discussions as to desired and appropriate virtues and values. This seminar will focus on these unique and varying viewpoints, exploring them both in terms of knowledge content and knowledge transfer.​​

This examination will take place within the framework of an interdisciplinary discussion between experts in the history and literature of the ancient Mediterranean world and experts in the educational sciences.
Therefore, in our seminar we will begin by working from the primary source materials, presenting a value (or values) found in an ancient text and attempting to understand it contextually. We will then detach it from its literary-historical context and look at it conceptually or comparatively against the background of ancient and/or current theories of education.

The 2022 conference at the Bodø campus will focus on the following materials and fields:

1. Philosophy
2. Greek, Roman
3. Hebrew Bible
4. Pseudepigrapha
5. Philo, Josephus
6. New Testament
7. Education

The 2024 conference at the Bodø campus will focus on the following materials and fields:

1. Archeology, Epigraphy, and Numismatics
2. New Testament Apocrypha
3. Patristic
4. Gnostic
5. Rabbinic
6. Early Islam

Following the conference, the publication of the main papers, responses as well as short papers is planned.​​​

Conference Program, Nangeroni M​eeting 2022 

​Sunday 29.05.2022

Reception

​Presider:​ ​ Gabriella Gelardini, Professor for Religi​on, Chr​​istianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO​

16.30: Reception

17.30: Music: Vocal Art 
            Greetings

Session 1: Introduction & Values in Philosophy

Presider – Kåre Sigvald Fuglseth, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 
18.30: Speaker 1 – Gabriella Gelardini, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO ​
Introduction

19.00: Speaker 2 – Malte Brinkman, Professor of Educational Science, Humboldt University, Berlin, DE Educational Ethics and Ethos of Difference: Norms and Values in European Pedagogy up to the Present

19.15: Respondent 2 – James N. McGuirk, Professor of Philosophy, Nord University, NO 

19.30-20.30: Discussion​​

​​​Monday 30.05.2022

07.15-08.15: Breakfast
Session 2: Values in the Greek World

Presider – Jason M. Zurawski, Postdoctoral Institute Fellow, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, US 

08.30: Speaker 1  W. Martin Bloomer, Professor of Classics, University of Notre Dame, US From Obedience to Manliness: school virtues and schooling virtue

08.45: Respondent 1 – Cok Bakker, Professor of Religious Education, University of Utrecht 

09.00-10.00: Discussion

Break

10.30: Speaker 2 ​ Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge, UK The Bastards of Cynosarges and the Invention of Virtue

10:45: Respondent 2 – Idar Kjølsvik, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

11.00-12.00: Discussion

12.15-13.15: Lunch Buffet

Session 3: Values in the Roman World

Presider – Gabriele Boccaccini, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Early Rabbinic Literature, University of Michigan, US 

14.00: Speaker 1  Katell Berthelot, Professor for Judaism in the Greco-Roman World, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, FR The Ethical Ideal of Philanthrôpia/Humanitas

14.15: Respondent 1 – Olav Eikeland, Professor in Education and International Studies, Oslomet, NO 

14.30-15.30: Discussion

Break

16.00: Speaker 2 – Jörg Rüpke, Professor of Classical Philology and Comparative Religion, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt, DE Urbanity in the Aphorisms of Publilius Syrus

16.15: Respondent 2 – Julia Ipgrave, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton in London, UK ​

16.30-17.30: Discussion

17.45-18.45: Dinner

Session 4: Public I – Nord University

Presider – Per Jarle Bekken, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

19.00: Speaker 1​ Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor em. of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University, US The Relevance of the Bible for Today’s Discussion of Norms and Ethics

19.45-20.30: Discussion

​​Tuesday 31.05.2022

07.15-08.15: Breakfast

Session 5: Values in the Hebrew Bible

Presider – Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme, Professor in Hebrew Bible, University of Oslo, NO 

08.30: Speaker 1  Bernard M. Levinson, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law, University of Minnesota, US The Redaction of the Pentateuch: Interpretive Complexity as a Cultural Value

08.45: Respondent 1 – Geir Skeie, Professor and UNESCO Chair with Focus on Diversity, Incl​usion and Education, University Stavanger, NO 

09.00-10.00: Discussion

Break

10.30: Speaker 2  Elisa K. Uusimäki, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, Aarhus University, DK Basic Decency, Ethical Alertness and Exemplarity: The Fear of God(s) as a Universalistic Virtue in the Hebrew Bible

10.45: Respondent 2 – Clemens Cavallin, Associate Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

11.00-12.00: Discussion

12.15-13.15: Lunch Buffet

Session 6: Values in Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical and Pseudepigrapha

Presider – Liv Ingeborg Lied, Professor in Religious Studies, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, NO 

14.00: Speakers 1  Hindy Najman, Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, UK and Benjamin G. Wright, Professor Religion Studies, Bible, Early Judaism, Christianity, Lehigh University, US Virtue in Ben Sira: A Case Study in Ethical Reading

14.15: Respondent 1 – Kjetil Ansgar Jakobsen, Professor for Modern Intellectual History, Nord University, NO 

14.30-15.30: Discussion

Break

16.00: Speaker 2  Karina Martin Hogan, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Ancient Judaism, Fordham University, US Listen to your Mother! Maternal Instruction in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

16.15: Respondent 2 – Karin Sporre, Professor in​ Educational Work with a Focus on Values, Gender and Diversity, Umeå University, S 

16.30-17.30: Discussion

17.45-18.45: Dinner

Sessions 7: Short Papers​

Presider – Liv Ingeborg Lied, Professor in Religious Studies, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, NO ​et. al.

Details on short paper presenters to follow in December.

​​Wednesday 01.06.2022
07.15-08.15: Breakfast

Session 8: Values Related to Flavius Josephus

Presider – Gabriella Gelardini, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

08.30: Speaker 1  S. N. (Steve) Mason, Distinguished Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures, University of Groningen, NL You Think You’re Tough? The Invincible Fortitude of Place, People, and Politeia as a Core Value in Josephu​s

08.45: Respondent 1 – Jorunn Økland, Professor of Gender Studies, University of Oslo, NO; and Director at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, GR 

09.00​-10.00: Discussion

Break

10.30: Speaker 2  Daniel R. Schwartz, Professor of Jewish History in the Second Temple Period, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, IL Josephus on Thinking Big

10:45 Respondent 2 – Erich S. Gruen, Wood Professor em. of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, US 

11.00-12.00: Discussion

12.15-13.15: Lunch Buffet

15.00- 23.00: Excursion (includes dinner)

​Thursday 02.06.2022
07.00-08.00: Breakfast

Session 9: Values Related to Philo of Alexandria

Presider – Anders Runesson, Professor of New Testament & Pro-Dean, University of Oslo, NO 

08.15: Speaker 1  Erkki Koskenniemi, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, FI Philo and Jewish Educational Institutions in Alexandria

08.30: Respondent 1 – Catherine Hezser, Professor of Jewish Studies, SOAS University of London, UK 

08.30-09.30: Discussion

Break

10.00: Speaker 2  Sarah J. K. Pearce, Professor of History, University of Southampton, UK Philo on 'schools of virtue' and moral 'improvement'

10.15: Respondent 2 – Per Jarle Bekken, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

10.30-11.30: Discussion

11.45​-12.45: Lunch Buffet

Session 10: Values in the New Testament

Presider – Per Jarle Bekken, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

13.00: Speaker 1  Kathy Ehrensperger, Research Professor of New Testament in Jewish Perspective, University Potsdam, DE “Written for our instruction...” Rom 15.4: Paul’s Teaching and Cultural Translation

13.15: Respondent 1 – Jostein Ådna, Professor in Diaconia and Leadership Studies, VID Specialized University, NO 

13.30-14.30: Discussion

Break

15.00: Speaker 2  Karl Olav Sandnes, Professor of New Testament, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, NO Pistis as a Moral Virtue in Paul’s Letters

15.15: Respondent 2 – Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Professor em. in Biblical Exegesis, University of Copenhagen, DK 

15.30-16.30 Discussion

16.45-18.00: Sightseeing Cathedral (Domkirke)

18.00-19.00: Reception at City Library (Stormen)

Session 11: Public II – City Library Stormen

Presider – Gabriella Gelardini, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

19.00: Speaker 1 John Collins, Professor em. of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University, US The Bible and Human Rights

19.45: Break

20.00-20.45: Panel and discussion

21.00-23.30: Free time downtown Bodø for devotional at Cathedral, walk or visit of restaurant

23.30: Panoramic midnight sun bus tour back to hotel and campus

​Friday 03.06.2022

Breakfast: 07.15-08.15

Session 12: Values in Education & Summary

Presider – Gabriella Gelardini, P​rofessor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO 

08.30: Speaker 1  Birgitte Lerheim, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology, University of Oslo, NO Sustainibility in Education

08.45: Respondent 1 – Paul Otto Brunstad, Professor in Pedagogy, NLA University College Bergen, NO 

09.00-10.00: Discussion

Break

10.30: Speaker 2 - Kåre Sigvald Fuglseth, Professor for Religion, Christianity, Worldview, and Ethics, Nord University, NO Summary & Closing

11.15-12.00: Discussion & Outlook

12.15-13.15: Lunch Buffet & Takeaway

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Start date:

29 May 2022 16:30

End date:

03 June 2022 13:30

Location:

Bodø

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