The XXIII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity takes place on 17–18 October 2014. The theme of the symposium is “Conflict in Late Antiquity”.
Our keynote speakers are Hagith Sivan (Department of History, University of Kansas), Petri Luomanen (Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki), Lucy Grig (School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh) and Antti Lampinen (Classics, University of Turku). Conflict will be approached from a wide perspective, including different types and levels of conflict and attempts at solving them. Points of view vary from political and military to cultural and religious conflicts between and within traditions.  Please refer to the programme attached.
The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a beautiful location in Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland ( The symposium is organised by an interdisciplinary organizing committee (see below) and funded by the Academy of Finland‘s Centre of Excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition”, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, and Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.
The seminar is free. We will offer transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and
back, as well as accommodation in a shared room (2 persons) and meals in Tvärminne,
but we are not able to cover the costs for travelling to or from Helsinki, or accommodation in Helsinki.
Registration for the conference will start on September 1, 2014. In order to register as a
participant for the seminar, please send an email to Ulla Tervahauta, ulla.tervahauta(at) Upon applying for participation, you are kindly asked to provide your contact
information as well as to inform us about special diets etc. Please also mention if you do NOT need the coach transportation from Helsinki.
The organizing committee

Maijastina Kahlos, PhD, Classics / “Reason and Religious Recognition”, University of
Helsinki, maijastina.kahlos(at)
Ulla Tervahauta PhD, Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, ulla.tervahauta(at)
Ville Vuolanto, PhD, History, University of Tampere / University of Oslo, ville.vuolanto(at)

Conflict in Late Antiquity
XXIII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity, Tvärminne, 17-18 October 2014
9.00 Departure by coach from Helsinki
c. 11 Arrival and accommodation
11.30 Opening of the Symposium
11.45 Lunch
12.30 Friday session I: Pilgrimage, asceticism and social conflict
Hagith Sivan: Jerusalem: A Landscape of Conflict in Late Antiquity
Walter Roberts: Soldiers of Christ from the Byzantine Perspective: Monks, Emperors and Conflict in the Late Antique Byzantine Empire
Kristina Sessa: Conflict, Narrative and the Formation of Monastic Communities in Sixth-Century Italy
14.15 Coffee
14.35 Friday session II:  Identity and religious conflict
Petri Luomanen: Conflict and Identity in Early Christian Heresiologies: The Case of Jewish Christians
Blossom Stefaniw: Straight Reading: Ideology, Exegesis and the Body in the Origenist Controversy
15.50 Short break
16.00 Friday session II continues
Susanne Moraw: Conflict and Gender: Why Images of Real Life Publicise Harmony and Images of Myth Do Not
Vilja Alanko: Thecla’s Choice? Sexual asceticism as embodied salvation?
17.00 Sauna/Men
18.30 Sauna/Women
20.00 Dinner
8.00-9.00 Breakfast
9.00 Saturday session I: Social conflict and intolerance in late Roman culture
Lucy Grig: Popular Culture and Social Conflict in Late Antiquity
Victoria Leonard: Texts, Travels, and Turncoats: Intolerance and Conformity in the Early Fifth Century
10.15 Short break
10.30 Saturday session II: Literary images and the creation of a conflict
Antti Lampinen: Creating a Religious Conflict: Gallic Elite and the Literary Image of a Persistently Pagan ’Vulgus’
Jaakkojuhani Peltonen: Emperor Julian as a User of Alexander the Great and Marcus Aurelius in the Competition for Power and Prestige
11.45 Lunch
12.30 Saturday session II: War and political conflict
Alvaro Sánchez-Ostiz: Theodorus and the Two Eagles of Jupiter: Claudianus’s Propagandistic Treatment of the Conflict between East and West
Jeroen Wijnendaele: Triumph and Tragedy. Stilicho’s War Against Radagaisus (405–406 CE)
14.00 Coffee and packing
14.30 Conclusion of the symposium
15.00 Departure
c. 17 Arrival in Helsinki

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