This second workshop in the series revolves around issues of authority in connection with the authorship of religious literature, thus fostering a socioreligious perspective on the formation of scholastic literature with distinct textual genres. What genres of literature do particular scholastic cultures devise and cultivate, and what can be said about their social function in settings of education, learning or religious debate? What is the role of individual or collective authorship (or the lack thereof) in scholastic cultures? How is authorship related to claims of authority, in view of overarching approaches to scriptural authority that may apply in the respective religious tradition? Is scholastic literature self-contained and confined to a smaller circle of specialist élites? Are there any specific features governing the production and dissemination of scholastic literature within a broader context of book and manuscript culture?
In three sessions, external speakers are paired with VISCOM members as respondents that open up broader discussion with the audience.