9th Ratanbai Katrak Lectures at Oxford University (by Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera)
"With which Yasna shall I worship you (kana θβąm yasna yazāne)? Zoroastrian Rituals in the Antique and Late Antique Iranian world"
News from Mar 16, 2023
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies University of Oxford
Delivered by Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera (Freie Universität Berlin) 101 years after the inaugurating of the Ratanbai Katrak Lecturership at the University of Oxford
Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera (Freie Universität Berlin) will deliver the 9th Ratanbai Katrak Lectures on Zoroastrianism in Spring (Trinity Term) and Autumn (Michaelmas Term) of 2023. These six lectures will represent the 101st anniversary of their establishment at the University of Oxford in 1922 by Dr. Nanabhai Navroji Katrak in memory of his deceased wife, Ratanbai Katrak. Provision was made for the University of Oxford to invite a distinguished scholar to deliver a series of six public lectures in the English language on some subject connected with the study of the religion of Zoroaster. The purpose of the Lecturership is to promote the study of the religion of Zoroaster and of its later developments from a theological, philological, and historical point of view. Illustrious scholars of the study of Zoroastrianism in the 20th century such as Louis H. Gray (Columbia University), Sir Harold W. Bailey (Cambridge University), Walter B. Henning (SOAS, UC Berkeley), Ilya Gershevitch (Cambridge University), Mary Boyce (SOAS), John Hinnells (University of Manchester), and Philippe Gignoux (EPHE, Paris) have been the Ratanbai Katrak Lecturer.
Lecture 1. “Manuscripts and Rituals: The Written Transmission of the Zoroastrian Rituals” – Thurs 11 May 2023 at 5:30pm – Location: Wolfson College
Lecture 2. “The Questioned Antiquity of the Zoroastrian Rituals: Their Reception in Western Academia” – Thurs 18 May 2023 at 5:30pm – Location: Wolfson College
Lecture 3. “The Ritual System: Modularity and Productivity” – Thurs 25 May 2023 at 5:30pm – Location: Ertegun House
Lecture 4. “The Main Liturgy: The Yasna and its Variants” – Thurs 19 Oct 2023 at 5:30pm – Location: TBA
Lecture 5. “Mountains, Palaces and Temples: Ritual Space and Ritual Practice” – Thurs 26 Oct 2023 – Location: TBA
Lecture 6. “Ritual and Revelation: Understanding the dēn” – Thurs 2 Nov 2023 at 5:30pm – Location: TBA
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