Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Religion, Space, and Violence: An Early Christian Text and Contemporary Concerns

Dr. Michael Thate

The focus of my research is in developing a theory of social emergence within Jewish diasporic communities during the second temple period, particularly during the first centuries before and after the common era. Any theory of emergence, I argue, must make sense of developing understandings and representations of space (etc.) and time. In my brief presentation for The Humboldt Lecture, I plan to offer an initial sketch of social geographies of space and sovereignty. Though the wider project will look at various texts, this lecture will consider the early canonical gospel of Mark.