The Third Interdisciplinary Symposium on

October 1-3, 2010
at Syracuse University

with funding from
the Ray Smith Endowment of
the College of Arts & Sciences, Syracuse University
and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, New York

Keynote Address
(October 1, 7 p.m.)
WILLIAM A. GRAHAM (Dean, Harvard Divinity School), 'Winged Words': Classics and Scriptures as Cultural Icons

Panels: Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panelists & Papers:

  • PHILIP P. ARNOLD (Syracuse)—Texts and the Conquest of Indigenous Lands
  • TIMOTHY BEAL (Case Western)—The End of the Word as We Know It
  • ZE'EV ELITZUR (Ben-Gurion)—Between the Textual and the Visual: Borderlines of Late Antique Book Iconicity
  • M. PATRICK GRAHAM (Emory)—The Tell-Tale Iconic Book: The Hermeneutics of 16th Century Biblical Illustrations
  • JACOB KINNARD (Iliff, Denver)—Why is it Better to See a Book than Read it? Further Reflections on the Buddhist Representation of Manuscripts
  • JASON LARSON (Syracuse)—(Gospels as sites of memory in Christian Late Antiquity)
  • BRIAN MALLEY (Michigan)—An Anthropological Theory of Scriptures
  • GURINDER SINGH MANN (Santa Barbara)—(Guru Granth Sahib in history)
  • KRISTINA MYRVOLD (Lund)—Engaging with the Guru: Contemporary Beliefs and Practices of Guru Granth Sahib
  • DORINA MILLER PARMENTER (Spalding)—Iconic Books From Below: Ritual Uses of the Christian Bible
  • S. BRENT RODRIGUEZ-PLATE (Hamilton)—Looking at Words: On the Typography and Design of Book Pages
  • CLAUDIA RAPP (UCLA)Monastic Engagement with the Written Word in Late Antiquity
  • KARL SOLIBAKKE (Syracuse)—(Great Books series: origins, history, use)
  • DEIRDRE C. STAM (Long Island)—Talking about 'Iconic Books' in the Terminology of Book History
  • JOANNE PUNZO WAGHORNE (Syracuse)—A Birthday Party for a Sacred Scripture: The Gita Jayanti and the Embodiment of God as the Book
  • JAMES W. WATTS (Syracuse)—Iconic Texts and Scribes in the Ancient Near East
  • VINCENT WIMBUSH (Claremont)Making Do With the Fetish: Scriptures and Vernaculars
  • YOHAN YOO (Seoul)—Possessing Scriptures: Ways in which Korean Lay Buddhists Appropriate Scriptures


Program (tentative):

Friday, October 1:

6:00 Registration
7:00 Welcome (James Watts) and
7:15-8:30 Keynote Address (William Graham)

Saturday, October 2:

9:00-10:30 Brian Malley, Deirdre Stam, James Watts
10:45-12:15 Jacob Kinnard, Joanne Waghorne, Yohan Yoo

1:30-3:00 Claudia Rapp, Zeev Elitzur, Jason Larson
3:15-4:15 Philip Arnold, Vincent Wimbush
4:30-5:30 Kristina Myrvold, Dorina Miller Parmenter

Sunday, October 3:

8:30-10:00 Brent Plate, Tim Beal, Karl Solibakke
10:15-11:45 Gurinder Singh Mann, M. Patrick Graham
11:45-12:30 Launch of SCRIPT

Register by contacting the
Department of Religion, Syracuse University
501 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, New York 13244
Phone:   315-443-3862