The Program in Biblical and Early Christian Studies in ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry is hosting a three-day symposium in Melbourne to showcase the cutting-edge research currently being done in Australia and New Zealand in the fields of late antique studies and early Christian studies.

The event will be built around plenary addresses from investigators on projects in these fields funded by the Australian Research Council and similar funding bodies over the past five years. As is evident from this collection of projects, research in these areas spans an impressively diverse range of scholarly approaches including social history, political history, lived ancient religion, religious pluralism and conflict, literary studies, philosophical studies, and ancient material culture.

The aim of the event is to provide a forum for disseminating the knowledge generated by these projects, while also exploring the insights sparked by inter-disciplinary dialogue across them, with an eye towards potential cross-institutional collaboration on future projects. With that goal in view, the symposium also includes a number of short papers and a grant workshop involving scholars from all career stages.


20-22 April 2022

Room 2, Level 7, Daniel Mannix Building, Main Campus, Fitzroy (Room: 403.7.02)

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