Varieties Of Ecstasy: Philosophical and Religious Traditions from Antiquity to the Renaissance

e-codices-sbeA workshop supported by the Monash-Tel Aviv Collaboration Project and the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization

26-27 July 2015

Seminar Room, ACJC, 8th floor, H Building,
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Places at this workshop are strictly limited.
If you wish to register for a place, please contact Constant.Mews@monash.edu

[Tues 28 July 11.00-2.30pm, Andrew Benjamin and Ilit Ferber are organizing a separate workshop, same location:
Figures of affect: Suffering, Consolation Care

Contact: Andrew.Benjamin@monash.edu]

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Sunday 26 July

9.15 Welcome (Constant Mews)
9.30-10.30

Professor David T. Runia
The Master, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne
Contemplation and Ecstasy: Greek traditions and the Contribution of Philo of Alexandria

10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30

Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides
Senior Lecturer , Centre for Ancient Cultures, SOPHIS, Monash University &
Professor David Konstan, Classics, Brown University
Odysseus: Homer’s Hero on a Neoplatonic Journey to Ecstasis and Theological Revelation

Dr Rina Lahav
Researcher, Centre for Religious Studies, SOPHIS;  Dalia Pizmony Biblical Hebrew instructor, ACJC, SOPHIS
Holy to God: self transformation in the traditions of the Jewish Nazirite and Christian monasticism, as outlined in the letters of St Anthony

12.30-13.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00

Tom Hull
PhD candidate, ACJC, SOPHIS, Monash University
The Moved Mover and the axis of tears: anthropopathic and apophatic depictions of God in Rabbinic and Hekhalot literature

Dr Nathan Wolski
Lecturer, ACJC, SOPHIS, Monash University
‘Like the vision visible in concealment’: Mystical Ascent through Prayer in the Heikhalot (Halls) of the Zohar

3.00-3.30 Afternoon tea
3.30-5.00

David Solomon
PhD candidate, Department of Translation Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Monash University
Ecstasy upon Ecstasy: mystical exegesis of the text of Ezekiel in the ‘later’ Zoharic strata

Merav Carmeli
PhD candidate, Bar-Ilan University, ACJC, SOPHIS
Her Ecstasy is their Ecstasy: Delighting the Shekhinah

Monday 27 July

9.30-10.30

Professor Yossef Schwartz
Director, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Erotic Desire, Ecstasy and Death:  Three Languages of Intellectual Passion in the High Middle Ages

10.30-11.00 Morning coffee
11.00-12.30

Professor Constant Mews
Director of Centre for Religious Studies, SOPHIS, Monash University
The violence of love and awareness of God in the 12th and 13th centuries: the legacy of Bernard of Clairvaux and Richard of Saint-Victor

Dr Francesco Borghesi
Senior lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies,  University of Sydney
Death by kiss (Mors osculi): A Mystical Approach to Renaissance Philosophy

12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00

Samuel Baudinette
MA candidate, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SOPHIS, Monash University
Ecstasy in Rhineland Mysticism: Albert the Great, Meister Eckhart and Henry Suso on the concept of rapture

Raphael Dascalu
PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
Intoxicated with the Divine: Spiritual praxis in the works of Tanhum b. Joseph Ha-Yerushalmi

3.00-3.30 Afternoon tea
3.30-5.00

Timothy Johannessen
PhD candidate, Melbourne University.
Rending the Veil: images of intoxication in Hâfez’s lyric poetry

Concluding round table discussion