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Kim Haines-Eitzen (Cornell), "Acoustic Encounters in the Late Ancient Desert"

How do acoustic landscapes animate and engage the religious imagination? This talk will take up this question by focusing on the desert monastic literature of late ancient Egypt and Palestine. A re-reading of ancient texts alongside modern environmental recordings suggests that aurality and the experience of sonic landscapes helped to shape religious ideology, practice, and experience.
Kim Haines-Eitzen (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997) is a Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions with a specialty in Early Christianity and Early Judaism in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Her first book Guardians of Letters: Literacy, Power and the Transmitters of Early Christian Literature (Oxford University Press, 2000) is a social history of the scribes who copied Christian texts during the second and third centuries. She holds joint appointments in the Religious Studies Program and the Department of Classics. Her most recent book, The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity, deals with the intersection of gender and text transmission (Oxford University Press, 2012). Currently, she is working on a new project, entitled Acoustic Encounters in the Late Ancient Desert, which focuses on the desert monastic literature of late antiquity and its attention to sensory landscapes, especially the acoustic dimensions of the desert environment.



Friday, March 13, 2015. 04:00 PM


Humanities Center Board Room


Material Imagination, Humanities Center, Department of Art & Art History, Department of English