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CFP: Oxford Medieval Commentary Network – Workshop 9 October

The Oxford Medieval Commentary Network aims to establish a
multi-disciplinary network for research and discussion of medieval texts
concerned with the interpretation of the Bible. Across Western medieval
literatures, the biblical text forms a central object of interpretation and
comment. Such interpretations can take the form of traditional commentaries
– texts derived from the Church Fathers and other authorities – which are
typically written in Latin and are often restricted to a small scholarly
readership. Beyond such traditional commentaries, forms of comment on and
interpretation of the biblical text also suffuse medieval culture in other
shapes, including poetry, song, literary and devotional texts, engagement
with biblical interpretation through visual art, and performance in music
and drama. Engagement with the biblical text in these forms includes both
Latinate and vernacular authors and audiences from a variety of backgrounds.

The Oxford Medieval Commentary Network aims to bring together research on
traditional commentaries as well as research on interpretations of the
biblical text in a broader sense, in order to trace interrelations, mutual
dependencies, and developments. The network seeks to establish a
conversation between scholars from a range of disciplines working on
different languages and geographical areas. This conversation also includes
post-medieval responses to the commentary tradition. The longer-term
objective for the Medieval Commentary Network is to become a nexus of
research and discussion of medieval commentary culture and its expression
in various textual and artistic forms. The network is open to everyone with
an interest in these topics.

A one-day workshop at Christ Church on 9 October 2021 will launch the
network and lay out pathways for future collaboration and interchange.
Proposals for presentations of 15 minutes on aspects of medieval biblical
interpretation, including post-medieval responses, are welcome. Please
submit your title and abstract (150-200 words) by 4 June 2021. Expressions
of interest are also invited from those who wish to get involved with the
network more generally. Everybody is welcome.

The workshop will take place in person in Oxford if circumstances permit
(but may move online if necessary), and is free for all participants. For
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