• Ghent

    Call for papers - Science studies

    The Christian Mystery

    Early Christianity and the pagan mystery cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarship

    Cumont was a pioneer of the scientific study of the oriental religions. Many of his publications (e.g. The Mysteries of Mithras, 1900) fuelled the early 20th century debates about Christianity’s dependence on the pagan cults through the similarities they suggested between these religious traditions. Cumont expressed his opinion only indirectly and ambiguously, but other scholars have been more explicit in demonstrating or denying such influences.The theme of this international conference, hosted by Franz Cumont’s alma mater Ghent University, is the way Cumont and his contemporaries conceived the relationship of Early Christianity to the pagan mystery cults. We will also include predecessors and more recent scholarship on this topic.

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  • Paris

    Lecture series - History

    Historiographies of the World

    Dans le cadre de son projet de recherche sur les historiographies d'ailleurs, et en partenariat avec le laboratoire du SEDET de l'université de Paris 7, le laboratoire HSTM de l'INALCO organise un cycle de onze conférences entre octobre 2010 et mai 2011. Chacune de ces conférences évoquera les écritures de l'histoire et le métier d'historien tels qu'ils sont pratiqués en dehors du monde occidental. Il sera ainsi tour à tour question des historiographies d'Afrique, d'Amérique et d'Asie.

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