The persona and cult of the Archangel Michael
On the 20th and 21st of March 2018, a conference on “The persona and cult of the Archangel Michael,” organized by Alexandros Tsakos, Marta Camilla Wright, and Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, is due to take place in Bergen.
The conference, supported by a SPIRE-grant, brings together fifteen scholars from different backgrounds in order to discuss, in a multi-disciplinary context, aspects of this most important figure of the Abrahamic religions. For the first time, disciplines traditionally involved in the study of religion, like philology and papyrology, art and iconography, anthropology and religion, history and psychology, are combined with methodologies deriving from memory studies, graphic design, and art education and semiotics.
This innovative venue aspires to become the first of a series of such conferences and workshops aiming at creating a network of “Michaelological” studies. Therefore, the focus on the cult and persona of Michael in Christianity is only the beginning of a larger scope of understanding the Archangel’s role, not only in Christianity but also in Judaism and Islam. A conference in South Africa is already being planned as a continuation of the collaboration in the SPIRE framework. In the meantime, you are welcome to follow the proceedings of the conference in Bergen at Seminarrom D, Dragefjellet skole.
Day 1, March 20:
10:00-10:15 Tsakos Alexandros (UiB), Welcome and scope of the conference
10:15-10:35 Gilhus Sælid Ingvild (UiB), On Angels
11:00-11:20 Human Delene (University of Pretoria), The Resurrection Myth Archetype Manifested Through the Journey of a Hero – Archangel Michael
11:45-12:45 Lunch break
12:45-13:05 Zielińska Dobrochna (University of Warsaw) & Tsakos Alexandros (University of Bergen), Following the footsteps of an archangel. The representations of the Archangel Michael in the framework of the project “Corpus of wall paintings from Medieval Nubia”.
13:30-13:50 Łaptaś Magda (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw), The position of the Archangel Michael in the celestial hierarchy. Some aspects of the manifestation of his cult in Nubian painting
14:30-14:50 D’Agostino Pietro (University of Paris), Saint Michael, the River Nile and the Egyptian nature: is the Archangel the heir of the god Thot?
15:15-15:35 Innemée Karel (University of Amsterdam), The Archangel Michael as psychopomp.
16:00-16:15 Coffee/tea break
16:15-16:35 Lundhaug Hugo (University of Oslo), Textual Fluidity and Exegetical Creativity in the Investiture of Michael the Archangel
17:00-17:20 Tibet David (Independent Researcher), The IFAO foglia with a Sahidic version of Liber Institutionis Michaelis
Day 2, March 21:
09:00-09:20 Wright Camilla (UiB), The archangel Michael in Ethiopian Orthodox Christian healing practices in contemporary Addis Ababa.
09:45-10:05 Malara Diego (University of Edinburgh), Making the Angel Visible: Witnessing, Kinship and Hierarchy in Ethiopian Orthodox Exorcism
10:30-10:45 Coffee/tea break
10:45-11:05 Levene Dan (University of Southampton), 'Magical Michael'. Incantation traditions.
11:30-11:50 Steyn Raita (University of Pretoria), Archangel Michael in the midst of The New Jerusalem - an African sacred space for pilgrims
12:15-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-13:50 Kriel Lize (University of Pretoria), St Michael as ‘elsewhere’: myths of misplacement in the changing visual landscapes of South Africa’s Capital Cities
14:15-14:35 Kapalo James (University College Cork), “And thus we obtain the Archangel Michael” – The Representation and Embodiment of the Archangel Michael on Twentieth Century Moldova
15:15-16:00 General discussion