CONFERENCE IN ERFURT: PSALMS IN RITUALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (OCT 24-26, 2018)
Although the origins of the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible and their original Sitz im Leben remain hidden in the history of Israel yet to be uncovered, the Psalms became liturgical texts and parts of religious rituals in several religious traditions. The literary genre as such, their intimate connection to human experience and emotions as well as their form easily lend themselves to liturgical practice making them prime texts to be performed in religious rituals. At the same time, the psalms became means of identifying identity, of inclusion and exclusion. How are the psalms used to create exclusive distinct identities, where do they create connections between religious groups and identities? Are there parallel (liturgical) developments in Jewish and Christian traditions? Are there any direct influences and exchanges between the religious traditions that involve the psalms?
The Research Centre “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present” located at the University of Erfurt will investigate some of these questions during its conference “Psalms in Rituals from Antiquity to the Present”, which will take place October 24th to 26, 2018. The following researchers will present: Erhard Gerstenberger (Marburg), Angela Kim Harkins (Boston), Beate Ego (Bochum), Mika Pajunen (Helsinki), Günter Stemberger (Wien), Clemens Leonhard (Münster), A.J. Berkovitz (Princeton), Ophir Münz-Manor (Jerusalem/Hamburg), Esther Menn (Chicago), Isaac Kalimi (Mainz), Alan Cooper (New York), Ruth Langer (Boston), Rebecca Sebbagh (Erfurt), Jürgen Bärsch (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Harald Buchinger (Regensburg), Andreas Haug (Würzburg), Bill Rebiger (Hamburg), Susanne Talabardon (Bamberg) and Benedikt Kranemann (Erfurt). On the evening of October 24, the Research Centre is pleased to invite all conference participants as well as the general public to a lecture/concert featuring Jascha Nemtsov and the Klenke-Quartett. They will perform works by Ursula Mamlok and Leo Ornstein.
For further information: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/index.php?id=36980&L=1. If you would like to participate in the conference, please, contact Claudia Bergmann at firstname.lastname@example.org, tickets for the concert can be purchased at Tourist Information Erfurt or directly before the concert at the venue Ägidienkirche at Wenigemarkt.