Martyrdom of saints Cassius and Castus, cathedral of Monreale, Sicily (image by S. Brodbeck)

Being Pagan, Being Christian in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages

November, 3-4, 2016
Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24 A, Seminar Room 136, Ground Floor.
Organisers: Katja Ritari, William van Andringa, Jan Stenger & Maijastina Kahlos
Registration: The symposium is open for all, but there is a limited number of seat. Registration is free but required. The deadline to register is October 26. Registration and further information here:
Thursday 3.11.2016
09:00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Opening of the symposium

09:45 Session 1
William Van Andringa (HCAS): Material Culture and Religious Identity in Fourth Century Gaul: Time of Invisibility
Eric Rebillard (Cornell University): Archaeology and Identity: Being Christian, 250-450 CE
11:15 Coffee/Tea
11:30 Session 2
Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge): The Liber pontificalis and the Transformation of Rome from Pagan to Christian City in the Early Middle Ages
Stefanie Dick (Bonn University): Christianity and the Development of Frankish Kingship: the Baptism of Clovis
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session 3
Elva Johnston (University College Dublin): Converting to Christianity in Fourth and Fifth Century Ireland: A Frontier Phenomenon?
Katja Ritari (HCAS): Christian Identities and the Memory of the Conversion in Early Medieval Ireland
15:30 Coffee/Tea
16:00 Session 4
Hervé Inglebert (l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense): Vanishing Identity: the Impossible Definition of Pagans and Paganism in the West (4th-6th Centuries)
Raimo Hakola (University of Helsinki): Identities Renegotiated and Contested: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity
Maijastina Kahlos (University of Helsinki): Being Pagan and Everyday Nuisances. The Dynamics of Patronage in Late Antiquity
18:15 Reception
Friday 4.11.2016
10:00 Session 5
Jan Stenger (University of Glasgow): Paradise Lost/Regained: Healing the Ascetic Body in the Monastery of Dorotheus of Gaza
Ine Jacobs (University of Oxford): Christianity and the Secular… and Other Explanatory Theories
Ilkka Lindstedt (HCAS): The Spread of Monotheism in Late Antique Arabia
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Session 6
Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Martyrs, Memories, and Identities in Christian Late Antiquity
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (University of California, Santa Barbara): Heretics and Collaborators: The Effect of Persecution on Multiple Identities
14:45 Coffee/Tea
15:15 Session 7
Antti Lampinen (University of St Andrews): Christianity and Ethnography: ‘Barbarian Sages’ in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Frédérique Blaizot (Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives): Funerary Practices and Construction of Religious and Social Identities in the South-East of Gaul from the 4th to 10th Centuries
16:45 Ending of the symposium
19:00 Dinner

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