Syriac Symposium

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium
Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions
Brown University, Providence, RI
June 16-19, 2019

The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium will convene at Brown University on June 16-19, 2019.  Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity's homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora.

Further information is now available at these links:

Local Steering Committee:

Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University, Chair
Sargon Donabed, Roger Williams University
Jae Hee Han, Brown University
Sandra Keating, Providence College
Nancy Khalek, Brown University
Ute Possekel, Harvard Divinity School

For more information, contact [email protected].  Additional information will be posted in due course.

Generously supported by Classics Department,  The Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Program in Early Cultures, the History Department, the Joukowsky Institute for Achaeology and the Ancient World, the Program in Judaic Studies, Middle East Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Starr Lectureship Fund.

About the Image: Artstor Digital Library/Vat.Syr.559
Wedding Feast at Cana, circa 1219-20

Wedding at Cana; upper scene, at left, bearded Christ, cross-nimbus, seated at table beside nimbed Virgin Mary, head covered by mantle, each turned toward other; man (apostle?) in red robe seated next to male in green robe at right, each bearded with nimbus; circular table before them with bowls, center bowl containing fish; servant at right bringing man in green robe glass of wine; lower scene, six large vessels, into first of which servant pours water from jug, water in other five already transformed into wine; standing behind them, at left, nimbed Mary and Christ turning toward white-haired and -bearded man tasting wine and raising left hand in surprise; at right, bearded brown-haired man looking at servant.

This Gospel Book has a Syriac text and is dated by a colophon 1219-20.  The minatures were painted in the Mosul region and show Islamic influence.