Religion and urbanity are world-wide pervasive and long-established strategies of handling and fostering human sociality. In a world where over half of the population lives in cities and religion is far from disappearing or being relegated to the private, the question as to how they have interlocked historically is a critical issue that still needs further and more fine-grained exploration. Planned as a well-assorted and consistent course of 15 lectures, the lecture series presents such connections by zooming in on specific examples of Mediterranean, North-European, North-American, and Asian cities from the rise of urbanism to the present time.
The lectures take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 pm on the campus of the University of Erfurt, in lecture hall 2 (KIZ). As the number of visitors is limited due to Corona, it will also be possible to attend the events online.
Now the second lecture will be held by Dr. Dr. Emiliano R. Urciuoli (Max-Weber-Kolleg).
Martyrdom is one of the many historically successful urban inventions that cut across the city boundaries. Although a number of figures (from Stephen in Jerusalem to Martin Luther King in Memphis), stories, photos, and videos have habituated us to expect to see a city behind and all around a martyr, we hardly realize how deeply and largely urban our imagination of martyrdom is. The lecture will look at ancient Christian martyrdom by foregrounding its deep connections with the city and city life. Snapshots of martyrdom stories from early Christian texts will be provided in order to test the general assumption that martyrdom is an urban religious practice whose rise and spread was facilitated by distinctively urban factors.
The lecture series can be viewed on YouTube, even beyond the actual lecture period: https://youtu.be/xf9i4s1CyVI