Centre for Reception History of the Bible

Perspectives on the Passion

Trinity College, Oxford
18-20th March 2005

Conference Programme


Exhibition ‘Bandages, Cuts and Piercings’ by artist Kip Gresham on display during the conference

Friday 18th March

4.00-5.30

Keynote Address: 'Private Passions'

Neil MacGregor (Director of the British Museum)

7.30-8.00

Reflections on the exhibition ‘Bandages, Cuts and Piercings’

Kip Gresham (Cambridge artist)

8.00-8.45

In Persona Mariae: Singing the Song of Songs as a Passion Commentary

Dr William Flynn (University of Leeds)

Saturday 19th March

9.00-9.40

Telling Passion Stories

Sara Maitland (freelance author)

9.40-10.20

Emblem and Irony: Passion Narrative in Post-Reformation Hymnody

Prof J.R. Watson (University of Durham)

10.20-11.00

Christian Cannibalism and Human(e) Sacrifice: The Passion and the Conversion of the Aztecs

Prof Jaime Lara (Yale University)

11.30-1.00

Keynote address: Divine Passion and Human Tragedy: The Mass and the Stage

Prof Regina Schwartz (Northwestern University)

2.00-2.40

He Who Hesitates is Human: Literary Portrayals of the Gesthemane 'Moment'

Prof Peter Hawkins (Boston University)

2.40-3.20

From Nativity to Resurrection: Musical and Exegetical Resonances in the Good Friday Chants Domine audiui and Qui habitat

Dr Emma Hornby (University of Durham)

3.20-4.00

The Art of the Crucifixion in the Medieval West

Prof Henry Mayr-Harting (University of Oxford)

4.20-5.00

Post-Holocaust Reflections on the Passion Narratives

Dr Margie Tolstoy (University of Cambridge)

5.00-6.30

Keynote address: The Passion in Early Christian Art

Prof Robin Jensen (Vanderbilt University)

8.00

Music for Holy Week

A performance of passion music by A Capella Portuguesa

Sunday 20th March

9.00-9.40

“Moral machinery”: The Transformative Power of the Cross as Instantiated in Western Art

Prof Timothy Gorringe (University of Exeter)

9.40-10.20

Seeing is Believing: Lancelot Andrewes’s Passions

Dr Peter McCullough (University of Oxford)

10.20-11.00

Celluloid Crucifixion: How the Passion Plays in Film

Dr Mark Goodacre (University of Birmingham)

11.30-1.00

Keynote address: Bach, the Passions and Musical Time

Prof John Butt (University of Glasgow)