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Noms de dieux !

Who named the gods? Utterers, addressers, ritual agents

Qui nomme les dieux ? Énonciateurs, destinateurs, agents rituels

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Published on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The ERC MAP Seminar “The Names of the Gods! 5: Who named the gods? Utterers, addressers, ritual agents” pursues the investigation on the systems of naming of the divine. This year, it focuses on the human agents in the process of naming the divine, whether they are producers of a discourse on the deities, addressers in a communication with the deities, or even experts in charge of a ritual knowledge. What agency do men and women exercise in the production of a specific denomination of the divine? How can we question their choices, their anchoring in a tradition or their innovation strategies?

Announcement

ERC Advanced Grant MAP project

The ERC Advanced Grant MAP project (Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency; 741182) works on the systems of naming of the divine in the Greek and Western Semitic worlds (ca. 1000 BCE – ca. 400 CE). Those systems of denomination are considered as testimonies to the way in which divine powers are constructed, arranged and mobilized, especially in ritual contexts. The analysis covers both the structural aspects of religious systems and their contextual appropriation by social agents. As elements of a complex language, onomastic sequences relating to the gods thus give access to a mapping of the divine, to its modes of representation and to the strategies of communication between men and gods.

Presentation

The ERC MAP Seminar “The Names of the Gods! 5: Who named the gods? Utterers, addressers, ritual agents” pursues the investigation on the systems of naming of the divine. This year it focuses on the human agents in the process of naming the divine, whether they are producers of a discourse on the deities, addressers in a communication with the deities, or even experts in charge of a ritual knowledge. What agency do men and women exercise in the production of a specific denomination of the divine? How can we question their choices, their anchoring in a tradition or their innovation strategies?

The Seminar will be carried out in the form of monthly study workshops, from November 2020 to May 2021. Two guests will intervene each time, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each one allocated a speaking time of one hour, followed by one hour of discussion.

Due to the pandemic, the first three sessions of the seminar will be accessible in videoconference, on Zoom. To receive the links to the MAP-Seminar videoconference sessions, please register here : https://framadate.org/tGpxNblkopbrgcsJ.

Program

9 November 2020

  • 10h30-12h30 – Corinne Bonnet (Université Toulouse 2), Les dieux here, there, anywhere : noms divins en transhumance
  • 14h-16h – Elena Langella (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), The Cult of Damia and Auxesia (and respective variants): a linguistic approach.

14 December 2020

  • 10h30-12h30 – Stefano Caneva (Università degli Studi di Padova), Basilissa Aphrodite Laodice et d'autres dénominations composées dans les honneurs cultuels pour les souverains hellénistiques : un réflet de la pratique du culte ?
  • 14h-16h – David Hamidovic (Université de Lausanne), La coupe à l'inscription cryptique du Mont Sion à Jérusalem : rite et théonyme.

11 January 2021

  • 10h30-12h30 – Stevens Bernardin (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Du pain à l'autel : la variété des agents des cultes phénicien et punique.
  • 14h-16h – Mathieu Carbon (Queen’s University), Les associations et leurs bornes funéraires à Cos : Un vaste horizon de dieux et de fêtes, de fondateurs et de “chefs.

8 March 2021

  • 10h30-12h30 – Sabine Fourrier (CNRS - HiSoMA - Université Lyon 2), Les rois de Chypre et leurs dieux, salle E411.
  • 14h-16h – Karel van der Toorn (University of Amsterdam), Gods Are Never Homeless: The Topographical Dimension of Divine Names and Epithets in Papyrus Amherst 63 and Elsewhere, salle E411.

12 April 2021

  • 10h30-12h30 – Maria Mili (University of Glasgow), Agency and naming the gods in Central Greece, salle E411.
  • 14h-16h – Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo (Università di Roma La Sapienza), Baal et ses épithètes dans les tophets et autres sanctuaires d'Afrique du Nord : dédicaces et dédicants, salle E411.

10 May 2021

  • 10h30-12h30 – Enrico Marcato (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia), Demon names, onomastic sequences and ritual experts in the Mandaic Incantations from Late-Antique Mesopotamia, salle E411.
  • 14h-16h – Jenny Wallenstein (Swedish Institute at Athens), Theonym, epithet, designation. A re-examination of the significance of Parthenos, salle E411.

Places

  • Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès - 5 allées Antonio Machado
    Toulouse, France (31000)

Date(s)

  • Monday, November 09, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Monday, March 08, 2021
  • Monday, April 12, 2021
  • Monday, May 10, 2021

Keywords

  • religion antique, monde sémitique, monde grec, dieu, nom, agent

Contact(s)

  • Thomas Galoppin
    courriel : thomas [dot] galoppin [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr
  • Sylvain Lebreton
    courriel : sylvain [dot] lebreton [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr
  • Giuseppina Marano
    courriel : giuseppina [dot] marano [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

Information source

  • Sylvain Lebreton
    courriel : sylvain [dot] lebreton [at] univ-tlse2 [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Noms de dieux ! », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Thursday, December 10, 2020, https://calenda.org/823676

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