Lecture by Professor Dame Averil Cameron (Oxford)
‘A World Full of Talk: Religious Debate and Discussion in the Sixth Century’
Strand Campus — Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31)
Thursday 20 February, 18:00-19:30
Contact: All welcome, no need to book.
Averil Cameron was Warden of Keble College from 1994-2010, and before that Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at King’s College London where she was also the first Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. She held a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in the Faculty of Theology 2011-13, and is chair of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Averil is also President of FIEC (Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques), and also President of CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant).
After several recent contributions on the general history of late antiquity and Byzantium Averil Cameron is now returning to her earlier interest in Christian literature. Her Leverhulme project is focused on the large corpus of prose dialogues written by Christians, mainly in Greek, from the second century AD to the end of Byzantium. Some works exist about the earlier material, but there is no existing study which looks at the phenomenon as a whole, or relates the dialogues to other forms of Christian and non-Christian writing.
Professor Cameron’s lecture forms the opening event of the DEBIDEM Workshop
‘Patterns of Argumentation in Late Antique and Early Islamic Interreligious Debates’.
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