KNAW Academy Colloquium: Peter, Popes, and Politics. Expressions of power in the late antique and early mediaeval world (May 29-31, 2017)

KNAW Academy Colloquium: Peter, Popes, and Politics. Expressions of power in the late antique and early mediaeval world (preliminary program in pdf).
Monday 29 May 2017 through Wednesday 31 May 2017 (Master Class on June 1).
Venue: KNAW, The Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Marking the end of the three-year Anchoring Innovation project Popes and Expressions of Papal Power, the colloquium will focus on the key figure of Peter and the ways in which he has featured in the politics of popes and rulers of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (c. 4th-10th centuries). Our colloquium endeavours to achieve insight into how various elements of the Petrine cult were appropriated and employed as an anchor for religious and political representations of power. Possible approaches include the material culture and visual representation, secular politics, papal history and literature.
Conference organizers: Roald Dijkstra, Dorine van Espelo:,
Participation on invitation only. In case you are not invited, but you feel your research interests closely overlap with the conference theme, we apologize and ask you to send an e-mail.  We will inform you in the week after the first of May whether we can offer you a place.
Program highlights: Keynote 1: The Mausoleum of Leo the Great and its Implications Sible de Blaauw (Radboud University) - Material culture and visual representation The Cult of St. Peter and Architectural Complexity under Constantine Olof Brandt (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) - Peter in Early Christian Art Jutta Dresken-Weiland (Georg August Universität Göttingen) - Peter without Paul: Aspects of the Primordial Role of Simon Peter in an Early Christian Context Annewies van den Hoek (Harvard University) - John Curran (Queen's University, Belfast) - Romulus and St Peter: Christianity and the Refounding of Rome Mark Humphries (Swansea University) - Re-inventing Rome’s Foundation in Late Antiquity – Ktistic Commemorations from Augustus to Augustine Raphael Hunsucker (Radboud University Nijmegen) - The Multiple Meanings of Papal Inscription in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Thomas Noble (Notre Dame University) - Inventing Petrine Discourse: Criticism and Response George Demacopoulos (Fordham University) - Peter, the Saints, and a Church at War Kristina Sessa (The Ohio State University) - Peter's Cult and the Bishops of Rome during the Ostrogothic Kingdom Rita Lizzi Testa (Università di Perugia) - Peter in texts Markus Bockmuehl (Oxford University) -  Attitudes to Jewish and Roman power in the Gospel and Acts of Peter Peter the Syrian before the Pope: Early Receptions of the Apostle from Marginal Communities Régis Burnet (Université Catholique de Louvain) - Giorgia Vocino (Cambridge/Paris The Passions of St Peter: Texts in Context (700-900 AD) - St Peter in the Liber pontificalis Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge University) - Of Bishops and Vampires: The Acts of Peter and the Apostle Peter's Roman Afterlives Kate Cooper (University of Manchester) - The Death of St. Peter in the Context of Late Antique and Early Medieval Depictions of Martyrdom Markus Löx (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München) - The Cult of St Peter and the Development of Martyr Cult in Rome Alan Thacker (University of London)