A colleague of mine, Nelly Van Doorn-Harder is organising a coptic conference in September at Wake Forest University Winston-Salem North Carolina USA - here are the provisional details;
THE FUTURE OF COPTIC STUDIES: THEORIES, METHODS, TOPICS
September 17-19, 2010
With generous support from Wake Forest University’s
DAY I: FRIDAY, September 17, 2010
Location: Wingate Hall 302
I. Dislocation and Ethnomusicology Practices
Carolyn Ramzy (University of Toronto, Canada)
Exploring Coptic Music Narratives: Collaborative Ethnography and the Study of Coptic Folk Taratīl.
Severine Gabry (France)
Contemporary studies on Coptic music: the impact of the current musical practices on the community.
Respondent: to be confirmed.
1:30 – 2:30 pm
II. Gender, Monasticism, Miracle, and Mystery
Caroline Schroeder (University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA)
The Perfect Monk: Ideals of Masculinity in the Monastery of Shenoute.
Nelly van Doorn-Harder (Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC)
Vehicles of Holiness: Gendered Visual Culture to Define Identity and Set Boundaries
Respondent: Akram Khater, (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC).
2:30 – 3:00 coffee break
III. Church-citizen-state engagements
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Vivian Ibrahim (SOAS, London)
‘Ode to the Fezzed Shaykh’- Coptic resistance against the Muslim Brotherhood in 1940s Egypt.”
Laure Guirguis (France)
The rise of a "Coptic question" and the contemporary transformations of
Respondent: Michaelle Browers (Wake Forest University)
Location: Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall
Keynote speech by Karel Innemee (Leiden University)
Sixteen Centuries of Wall Paintings in an Ancient Desert Church
7:00 – 9:00 pm Green Room at Reynolda Hall
DAY II: SATURDAY, September 18, 2010
Location: Pugh Auditorium, Benson Hall
IV. Coptic Art &Visual Culture
Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, (Wittenberg University Springfield, OH)
Reconsidering Late Antiquity and the Emerging Monastic Desertscape.
Angie Heo, (Barnard University, NY)
Virgin of Zeitoun in 1968: Holy Images of Expansion and Return.
Karel Innemee (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
The Paradox of Monasticism.
Responding: David Morgan, (Duke University, Durham, NC) & Lynne Neal (Wake Forest University)
10:30 – 11:00 am Coffee break
V. Maintaining and Defining Identities
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Maged Mikhail (California State University, Fullerton, CA)
Demetrius of Alexandria (d. 232) in Medieval Egypt.
Mark Swanson (LSTC, Chicago, IL)
Telling the Church’s Story: genre, belief, event, and portrayal in the History of the Patriarchs.
Jason Zabarowski (Bradley University, Peoria, IL)
Religion for God and Homeland for People:” Coptic Identity and the Egyptian National Myth
Responding: Vincent Cornell, (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia) & Kari Vogt (Oslo University)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
Location: Refectory on lower level of Wingate Hall.
Continuation Panel Maintaining and Defining Identities
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Keynote speech by Gawdat Gabra (Claremont Graduate University)
Constructing the Coptic Encyclopedia
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Febe Armanios (Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont)
Coptic Religious Life in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1798).
Paul Sedra (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Bringing the Copts Back In: Why the Copts are Essential to Understanding Modern Egyptian History.
Responding: Vincent Cornell, (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia) & Kari Vogt (Oslo University).
4:30 – 4:45 pm Break
4:45 – 6:00 pm
Keynote speech by Stephen Davis (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
New Frontiers in Archeology: Findings at the White Monastery.
6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner
Location: START Gallery, Reynolda Village
DAY III SUNDAY, September 19, 2010
Location: Pugh Auditorium Benson Hall
VI. Re-inventing Identities
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Magdi Guirguis (Coptic Studies Chair, American University in Cairo, Egypt)
The limits of the Coptic “community:” who represented this community during the 16-18th centuries.
Gaétan du Roy (Louvain, Belgium)
Research on garbage collectors of Moqattam and more specifically about the history of the religious institutions.
Responding :Akram Khater, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2:00 – 2:30 pm break
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Keynote speech by Magdi Guirguis (American University Cairo)
Challenges in Studying Coptic Church and Society in 16th – 19th Century.
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Keynote speech by Vivian Ibrahim (SOAS, London)
Reconsidering Studying the Copts during a Time in Motion: the 1900-1940.
4:30 – 5:00 pm