Conflict in Late Antiquity

Tvärminne, Finland, 17–18 October 2014

The XXIII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 17–18 October 2014. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines. Our main aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history, theology, religious studies, art history and other disciplines that deal with Late Antiquity.

The theme of the symposium in 2014 is “Conflict in Late Antiquity”. It will be approached from a wide perspective, including different types and levels of conflict and attempts at solving them. Conflict can be discussed from the from the point of view of politics and competition for power, ethnic conflicts, conflicts between different areas and peoples of the empire, cultural and religious conflicts between and within traditions, doctrinal conflict, interpretation and portrayal of conflict in literature and art, personal conflicts, and conflicts versus everyday life. We welcome papers that discuss scholarly approaches to late antiquity, why the sources and scholarship focus so emphatically on conflict, and what other perspectives can be applied instead.

There is space for a maximum of nine more papers. If you wish to deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (maximum length 300 words) by 1 June 2014 to Dr. Ville Vuolan to We encourage not only senior, but also junior scholars and postgraduate students to participate.

Applicants will be informed by 19 June 2014 whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 30 minutes for each presentation including discussion, wherefore we recommend limiting the papers to 20 minutes.

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 ( It is organized by an interdisciplinary organizing committee under the auspices of the center of excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition” in the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, together with Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki.

The seminar is free. We will offer transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and the return journey, as well as accommodation (one night) and meals in Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover any travel costs to or accommodation in Helsinki. Registration for the conference will start 1 September and close on 30 September 2014.

The organizing committee:
Maijastina Kahlos, PhD, Classics/Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki,
Ulla Tervahauta ThD, Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki,
Ville Vuolanto, PhD, History, University of Oslo/University of Tampere,

The Symposium web site:

This entry was posted in Conferences. Bookmark the permalink.