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What's new at SSEC

2015 SSEC Events - Most dates are now available for the remainder of the year.


Next SSEC Event

Date: Thursday 27 AUGUST 2015
Time: 7:05PM
Speaker: Dr Julien Ogereau (Humboldt University Berlin /Macquarie ACRC Junior Research Fellow)
Topic: Finding Paul in the Ruins at Philippi.
Venue: Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, X5B
Cost: members $5
alumni $7
non members $8

Dr Julien Ogereau is the Research Assistant at the Humboldt University (Theological Faculty, Berlin). His first book, Paul's Koinonia with the Philippians: A Socio-Historical Investigation of a Pauline Economic Partnership, was published by Mohr Siebeck (Tübingen) in 2014. 

Julien finished his doctoral studies at Macquarie University, where he was awarded the Vice Chancellor's commendation at his graduation.  At Macquarie University he won the Chris Dixon Medal for the best thesis in Early Christian Thought and Experience.  More recently Dr Julien Ogereau was awarded the inaugural MQACRC (Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre) Junior Research Fellowship, for his project on The cultural transformation of Macedonia in the early Christian era (I-V CE).   The title of his talk is Finding Paul in the Ruins at Philippi.

Parking :  Macquarie University enforces parking charges up to 8:00pm daily.    Parking charges are $6 for 1 hour, $10 for 3 hours,$30 all day (or for more than 4 hours). Confirmed rates for 2015. As seminars start at 7:05pm, attendees need only pay for one hour.   

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Non-SSEC Event

2015 Department of Ancient History Annual Studies of Religion Conference.  
Date: Friday 28 August 2015,
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm  
Location: Robert Menzies College, 136 Herring Road, North Ryde.

SSEC Members & members of the public are welcome to attend this accredited event for School Teachers.  

Cost to SSEC members: $20 one lecture or $30 for two lectures (no lunch). SSEC members & members of the public can also attend the full day at the  student rate of  $55 (including lunch.)

SSEC Members can also register and pay on the day.    We would appreciate pre-registration for catering purposes using the enclosed form.   Click here for  registration form(suitable for SSEC members).       Enquiries to

8.30-9am Registration
9.00-9.15 Welcome 
9.15-10am 'Abraham and the Origins of Judaism' Dr Kyle Keimer (Macquarie University)
10.05-10.50am 'Sectarianism, Education, and Secularisation in Aust.' Dr Stephen Chavura (Macquarie University)
10.50-11.20am Morning tea, Book sales, Announcements
11.20-12.05pm 'Early Christian communities' Edwina Murphy (Macquarie University/Morling College)
12.10-12.35pm 'Roth Fellowship and Educational Materials for Schools' Dr Gil Davis
12.35-1.20pm Lunch
1.20-2.05pm 'Al-Ghazali and Islam' Michael Hayes (Domremy College)
2.10-2.55pm 'Christianity and Bioethics' Dr Jeremy Hall (Newington College)
2.55-3pm Farewell and Attendance Certificates


Next SSEC eNewsletter  # 82.

(Update 13 July 2015) Due to Professor Alanna Nobbs overseas travelling arrangements the next newsletter will be delayed.  (TBA To be advised)


Recent SSEC eNewsletter March 2015, # 81.

SSEC newsletter 81 cover

March eNewsletter (electronic format newsletter) was distributed on 3 March 2015.  Paper format newsletter followed approx one week later.

Please Note:
- The electronic version of the SSEC newsletter is slightly longer at fifteen (15) pages than the paper version at eight (8) pages.
- It also contains more useful features such as "click on-links" & larger fonts.
- It can easily be viewed on iPads, iPhones & other mobile devices.

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Disclaimer. SSEC Newsletter Editors' Note: "The Society takes no position on the intellectual content of papers and articles."
"The unique emphasis of our Society is one of history. The study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco Roman Setting." Prof Alanna Nobbs has asked for this disclaimer to be added to all SSEC correspondence eg SSEC eNewsletters, SSEC website & SSEC facebook etc.

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