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CHOSEN PEOPLES, PROMISED LANDS
THE BIBLE, RACE, AND NATION IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY
July 14-16 2014 at CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Anthony D. Smith (LSE), Stephen Haynes (Rhodes College), Dorothy Figueira (Georgia), Bryan Cheyette (Reading), Stephen K. Batalden (Arizona State), Alex Bremner (Edinburgh), Hilary M. Carey (Bristol), John Coffey (Leicester), Hephzibah Israel (Edinburgh), Halvor Moxnes (Oslo)
Chosen Peoples, Promised Lands will bring together scholars from across a variety of disciplines to throw new light on the biblical themes and metaphors that undergird racial and national identity in the modern world. More specifically, we seek to explore how biblical notions of lineage, descent, and inheritance continued to inform ideas of race and nation in the increasingly secular and scientific atmosphere of the long nineteenth century. Notwithstanding the publication of several recent works on religion and nationhood, nationalism and race are still often considered in secular terms. The aim of this conference is to explore the means through which a range of nations and races have forged their identities in conversation with the textual traditions of the Abrahamic religions.
Conference organisers: Dr Gareth Atkins, Dr Shinjini Das, Dr Brian Murray.
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This event is hosted by The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture project at CRASSH and supported by the European Research Council.