[H-verkko] CFP: Popular & Elite: Religious Practices in Late Antiquity. XXI Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity

agricola at utu.fi agricola at utu.fi
Mon toukokuu 7 08:30:53 EEST 2012

Agricolan Artikkelipyyntötietokantaan
( http://agricola.utu.fi/nyt/pyynnot/ )
on tullut seuraava ilmoitus:

Popular & Elite: Religious Practices in Late Antiquity. XXI Finnish
Symposium on Late Antiquity


XXI Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity
Tvärminne, Finland, 12-13 October, 2012
Popular & Elite: Religious Practices in Late Antiquity

(Please, feel free to forward this message to any relevant forum.)

The XXI Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on
October 12-13, 2012. The aim of the symposium is to bring together
students and scholars with an interest in Late Antiquity from a
variety of universities and disciplines. This year, we explore
broadly the interaction between popular and elite religious practices
in Late Antiquity, but suggestions for papers dealing with other
topics will also be considered. Our main aim is to stimulate
interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history,
theology, art history and other disciplines that deal with Late
Antiquity. Geographically, the focus of the symposium is on the
Mediterranean world.

The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological
research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a
beautiful location at Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland
(http://luoto.tvarminne.helsinki.fi/english). It is organized by
Classical Philology (Department of World Cultures, University of
Helsinki) together with an interdisciplinary organizing committee
(see below).

This year's symposium features three specially invited speakers,

-    Guy Stroumsa (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford / The
Hebrew University of Jerusalem): 'Reading practices in early
Christianity and the individualization process'. Prof. Guy Stroumsa
is the specialist of intellectual and cultural history of ancient
religions, especially early Christianity with a focus on esoteric
traditions. He has published e.g., Hidden Wisdom: Esoteric Traditions
and the Roots of Christian Mysticism (1996), Barbarian Philosophy: The
Religious Revolution of Early Christianity (1999) and La fin du
sacrifice: Mutations religieuses de l'antiquité tardive (2005, in
English The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations of Late
Antiquity (2009).
-    Sarah Stroumsa (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): 'Mass
education and elite formation: the Almohad version'. Prof. Sarah
Stroumsa is the specialist of ancient and medieval Jewish and Islamic
philosophies. She has published e.g., Maimonides in his World:
Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker (2009) and Freethinkers of
Medieval Islam: Ibn al-Rawandi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, and Their Impact on
Islamic Thought (1999).
-    Reidar Aasgaard (University of Oslo): 'Childhoods A.D. 400:
Three saints on Christian upbringing'. Prof. Aasgaard is the
specialist of ancient religions, esp. Christianity and the history of
childhood. Among his publications are The Childhood of Jesus: Decoding
the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Eugene (2009) and My beloved
brothers and sisters! Christian Siblingship in Paul (2004).

There is space for a maximum of eight more papers. If you wish to
deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (of less than 300
words) by June 1st, 2012 to Dr. Ville Vuolanto
(ville.vuolanto at uta.fi). Applicants will be informed by late June
whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 30 minutes for each
presentation, including discussion following the paper. Therefore, we
recommend limiting the papers to 15 minutes.

The seminar is free. We will offer transportation from Helsinki to
Tvärminne and back, as well as accommodation, meals, coffee and sauna
at Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover the costs for
travelling to Helsinki first, or accommodation there. Registration
for the conference will start August 15th, 2012.

The Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity is organized annually since
1992. It started as a Finnish-language seminar for postgraduate
students. However, over the years, more and more papers were
presented by established scholars. Moreover, in many years, a few
well-known scholars were invited from abroad, and the language of the
symposium was changed to English, thus making it more and more
international. This year, for the second time, we do not only have a
few specially invited guests from abroad, but we invite suggestions
for papers from anyone who is interested. In keeping with the
symposium’s traditions, we encourage not only senior, but also junior
scholars and postgraduate students to participate.

The organizing committee:
-    Maijastina Kahlos (Classics, University of Helsinki)
-    Ulla Tervahauta (Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki)
-    Ville Vuolanto (History, University of Tampere) 

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Ville Vuolanto <ville.vuolanto at uta.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 15.06.2012
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://