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Ethical Reading Seminar

This online seminar, which runs during Hilary Term, brings biblical scholars and classicists together to explore shared literary themes, research methods, and reading practices across disciplines. In Hilary Term 2022 the seminars focused on the question: What is Commentary?

Conveners: Constanze Güthenke (Corpus Christi) and Hindy Najman (Oriel)

Co-conveners: Henner Petin (Corpus Christi) and Rebekah Van Sant (Oriel)

In Hilary Term 2023, the Early Biblical Interpretation seminars will run on Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.

Consult at the Oriel College porter’s lodge for the 4-digit passcode to enter the Harris Seminar Room.

Schedule for Hilary Term 2023
Week 1

18th January

  • Henner Petin (Oxford)

Form Follows Function? Reflections 50 Years After Walter Jens Die Bauformen der Tragödie

  • Rebekah Van Sant (Oxford)

Reading the Book of Lamentations and the Akedah as Horror

Week 2

25th January

Gregory Hutchinson (Oxford)

Form in Classical Literature: Confessions of a Fan

Week 3

1st February

Hans Decker (Zürich)

Idealism and Imagination: On the Miniature Form of the Proverb

Week 4

8th February

Terence Cave (Oxford)

Redescribing ‘Form’: The Autopoietic Turn

Week 5

15th February

Noam Mizrahi (Tel Aviv)


Week 6

22nd February


Week 7

1st March

Dorota Molin (Oxford)

Are ‘Fluid Forms’ Forms? Lessons From Modern Middle Eastern Folklore

Week 8

8th March

Leah Whittington (Harvard)

Fictions of Repair: Patches, Insertions, and Imagined Forms

PDF Download of Hilary Term 2023 Schedule

Seminars in Previous Academic Years

Download the schedule for 2021-22
Download the schedule for 2020-2021
Download the schedule for 2019-20
Download the schedule for 2018-19
Download the schedule for 2017-18