Online lecture: The ageless self and the selfless age
The PThU and Radboud University are organising a virtual public Keynote Lecture entitled 'The Ageless Self and the Selfless Age', given by Prof. Mira Balberg (UC San Diego) in consultation with Prof. Haim Weiss (Ben Gurion). The lecture is part of a symposium on 'Conceptualising old age in ancient Jewish and early Christian contexts'. The lecture extends their recent groundbreaking study of 'old age' in rabbinic literature (When Near Becomes Far, Oxford UP 2021).
About the symposium
How did the various Jewish and Christian communities in the ancient Mediterranean world respond to the observed and/or imagined psychosomatic changes associated with old age? How was old age (in)formally signified in these respective communities? What social roles and attendant responsibilities, constraints, and privileges, were afforded the elderly? What sort of norms and values were associated with senescent identifications? This event brings together several scholars who examine the various ways that “old age” is conceptualised in literary, social, and political contexts of the ancient Mediterranean, especially among early Jewish and Christian communities.
All interested parties are warmly invited to attend the virtual keynote address. You can register via the button above. We also welcome those who would like to attend the symposium in person. Attendance at both the keynote and conference is free.