Seminar: The Delilah Monologues

A reminder to everyone that there is another not-to-be-missed seminar coming up next week at Auckland Theology and Religious Studies. This is the last seminar of the semester in what has been a particularly fabulous series of presentations by our staff and PG students. So, next Friday, 12 June, I will be delivering ‘The Delilah Monologues’ to a (hopefully) rapt audience. This presentation/performance was premiered at Sheffield University’s SIIBS seminar series last year (and sponsored by Hidden Perspectives), so you could say it is a global phenomenon. And as extra incentive, there will be drinks and nibbles served thereafter. Hope to see you there.

The Delilah Monologues

Friday 12 June, 2-3pm, in Arts 1, Room 510

Drinks and nibbles afterwards!

Henry Clive, Delilah (1949)

If Delilah could speak to us today, what would she say? How would this biblical character make sense of the multiple interpretive traditions and cultural retellings of Judges 16, which have portrayed her so frequently as a femme fatale par excellence – a fatal woman whose exotic feminine allure and lethal sexuality ultimately destroyed Samson, that most heroic Hebrew holy man? In ‘The Delilah Monologues’, I lend Delilah a voice, so that she can cast a queer eye over these retellings, and thus interrogate the very ‘straight’ ways in which they make sense of the multiple ambiguities surrounding her character within this biblical narrative.Focusing particularly on her sexuality, her gender, and her ethnicity, she will take you on a journey through a myriad of alternative performances for her persona, inviting you into the delightfully queer spaces that she may inhabit within this ancient story.

The Golden Quran – public seminar

This Thursday, Dr Zain Ali from Theology and Religious Studies at Auckland will present a seminar at Auckland Central Library on Arabic and Islamic manuscripts held by the Sir George Grey Special Collections. Special attention will be given to the ‘golden Quran’ – a  manuscript that contains pages illuminated in gold and also to some Arabic poems dedicated to Muhammad.

The golden Quran and associated manuscripts will be displayed in the Special Collections reading room on Level 2 of Central City Library for two weeks after the seminar. Zain has told us that it is absolutely stunning so definitely worth a look.

The seminar will take place at the Central Library, Whāre Wānanga Level 2 on Thursday 28 May, 6-7.30pm. More details can be found at the Auckland Library website here.

Dr Zain Ali and the Golden Quran