Symposium: Fresh Perspectives on the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri…

Fresh Perspectives on the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, Papyrology, and Communication in the Ancient World

8–10 October 2021

The Chester Beatty houses a signification collection of papyri, especially as it relates to the study of the Bible, Christian origins, and, more broadly, ancient practices of communication and textual transmission. Although scholarly work on the papyrological collection of the museum has continued unabated since the 1920s, much remains to be said about these manuscripts in the context of papyrology, book production, social history, literary production, biblical studies, textual criticism, history of scholarship, and the ethics of institutional collections. This symposium will take a close look at the Chester Beatty papyri collection through recent research in these and related topics. It is meeting in advance of, and will inform, a special exhibition entitled First Fragments: the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri which will open in October 2022.

Friday 8 Oct
5:30pm Keynote lecture with Dr. Usama Gad.
Decolonizing the Troubled Archive of Papyri and Papyrology in a Global Digital Age: A View from Contemporary Egypt.

Saturday 9 Oct
9am – 5:30pm

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Sunday 10 Oct
9am – 12noon

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Supported by the Irish Research Council and European Research Council.

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92