Last weekend 9 faculty from Duke came over to Durham (UK) for a colloquium on identity.  Besides those listed as presenting (below), Richard Hays and Ed Phillips also came. John Barclay was the point person on this side, and he asked me to help out a bit with the organisation. It took a bit of my time but the conference came off pretty well.

Plenary Session: Seth Kunin (Durham), ‘De-essentialising Models of Identity’

Old Testament
Stephen Chapman (Duke), ‘Ecclesiocentric Interpretation of the Old Testament in America’
Rob Barrett (Durham/London), ‘Identity against Empire: Learning from Judah and Assyria’
Richard Briggs (Durham), ‘The Virtuous Reader: Identity and the Implied Reader of the Old Testament’
Thea Portier-Young (Duke), ‘Languages of Identity and Obligation: Daniel as Bilingual Book’
Nathan MacDonald (St. Andrews), ‘Narrative Identity, the Old Testament, and the Regula Fidei’

New Testament and Early Christianity
Francis Watson (Durham), ‘Once Again: Beyond the New Perspective on Paul’
Loren Stuckenbruck (Durham), ‘The Pentateuch and Biblical Interpretation in the Enoch Literature from the 2nd Century BCE’
Joel Marcus (Duke), ‘The Birkat Ha-Minim, the 18 Benedictions and Jewish and Christian Identity’
Lucas van Rompay (Duke), ‘Fourth Century Syriac Christianity: Between Jews and Marcionites’
Short Papers:
a. Clare Stancliffe (Durham), ‘Church, Heresy, and the Emergence of Separate Welsh and English Identities’
b. Andrew Louth (Durham), ‘Defining Orthodox Identity in the 7th and 8th Centuries’

Theology and Religion
Wesley Kort (Duke), ‘Autobiography and Religious Identity’
Douglas Davies (Durham), ‘Identity, Death and Eschatology’
Mary McClintock Fulkerson (Duke), ‘Feminist Theology and the Challenges of Identity Politics’
Gerard Loughlin (Durham), ‘Excitable Christian Speech: Hatred, Homosexuality and Law’
Paul Griffiths (Duke), ‘The Staurocentric Fulcrum of Politics: Expropriating Agamben on Paul’

I thought I’d give the general info in this post and then my impressions in a second post.