CBH Lament, Reading and Therapy Workshop

  • MS. Kennicott 1, ©Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
    MS. Kennicott 1, ©Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
5 November, 2018
9am - 7pm
Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College
All Welcome

Co-organized with King's College London, this workshop considers the composition, performance, and repetition of texts of lament, loss and healing.

We understand the writing and reading of these lament traditions to be the work of therapy. Presentations will explore how interpretive communities – collective and individual – internalise, interpret and translate experiences of trauma and fracture into new readings, rewritten scripture, and radical prayer.

How to Book

The workshop is free to attend, simply fill out the online registration form to reserve your place.

9:00 - 9:15
Paul Joyce (King's College London) and Hindy Najman (Oriel College), Introductory Remarks
9:15 - 10:00
Ilit Ferber (Tel Aviv University), ‘Lament and Revenge: Two Approaches to Loss’
10:00 - 10:45
Hindy Najman (Oriel College), ‘Between Radical Hope and Non-Redemptive Reading’
10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:45
David Janzen (Durham), ‘Traumatic Speech and the Rejection of Narrative in Lamentations’
11:45 - 12:30
Paul Joyce (King’s College London), ‘Denial, Hope and the Integration of Loss’
12:30 - 2:30
2:30 - 3:15
Joanna Collicutt (Ripon College Cuddesdon), ‘About Himself or Someone Else? Lament and Solidarity in the Narrative of Philip and the Ethiopian’
3:15 - 3:30
3:30 - 4:15
Annette Volfing (Oriel College), ‘The Medieval Daughter Zion: Re-writing Allegories of Anger and Desire’
4:15 - 5:00
Paul Mandel (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies), ‘Contours of Crisis: The Re-Citation of Tales of Destruction for Edification and Catharsis in Midrash Lamentations Rabbah’
5:00 - 5:15
5:15 - 6:30
Keynote: Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University), ‘Ancient Hebrew Lamenting: Voices of Desolation and Power’ Reception
6:30 - 7:00
Event contact
Dr Arjen Bakker
Event contact email