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XXIV Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity. Slavery in Late Antiquity - 11-12/11/2016, Tvärminne (Finl

The multidisciplinary Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 11–12 November 2016. The symposium brings together scholars and postgraduate students of Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and academic disciplines.

The theme of this year’s symposium is Slavery in Late Antiquity. Research on slavery in the late Roman Empire and in the post-Roman kingdoms has been expanding and evolving in the recent decades. The theme will be approached from a wide perspective, including social, economic, political, legal, ideological and religious levels. We welcome papers that discuss slavery from the point of view of landowning, local differences, changes in rural and urban settings, alterations in ideas and attitudes, and modifications in status and everyday life.

The keynote speakers of the symposium are Chris De Wet Marianne Bjelland Kartzow and Marja Vierros

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 11-12/11/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Tvärminne Zoological Station (Tvärminne, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Maijastina Kahlos (University of Helsinki) ; Ulla Tervahauta (University of Helsinki) ; Ville Vuolanto (University of Tampere / University of Oslo)

The Symposium is funded by the Centre of Excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition”, Faculty of Theology; Jaakko Frösen Fund; and Department of World Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, University of Helsinki.Ville Vuolanto

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La inscripción comienza el 1 de octubre y termina el 26 de octubre. El número de participantes es limitado./ Registration starts on 1 October and closes on 26 October. The number of participants is limited/

La registrazione inizia il 1 ° ottobre e si chiude il 26 ottobreil numero dei partecipanti è limitato.

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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: Rethinking slavery in Late Antiquity

Chris De Wet: The Captive Monk: Late Antique Slavery and Syrian Ascetical Theology and Practice

Kate Cooper: Slavery and social exclusion: Christian advice to late Roman landowners

Arkadii Avdokhin: (Il)legal Freedom? Christ and Redemption from Slavery to Satan in Late Antique Liturgical


14.15 Coffee

14.35 Friday session II: Early Christian discourses

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow: The Paradox of Slavery in Early Christian Discourse: An Intersectional Approach

P.J.J. Botha: Marking bodies: ritual and discipline in early Christian discourse

16:00 Friday session III: Coloni

Uiran Gebara da Silva: Rural Slavery in Late Roman Gaul

Florian Battistella and David Pitz: Colonos, qui fugam meditantur, in servilem condicionem ferro ligari conveniet (Cod. Theod. 5,17,1). Some Observations about the Relationship between Slavery and the Colonate in Late Antiquity

17.00 Sauna/Men

18.30 Sauna/Women

20.00 Dinner


8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.00 Saturday session I: Slavery in the Margins

Marja Vierros: Slaves in the Sixth Century Palestine in the Light of Papyrological Evidence

Judith Evans Grubbs: From Slave to Saint: the enslavement of St Patrick

Ilkka Lindstedt: Slavery in the early Islamic period in the light of epigraphy

11.45 Lunch

12.00 Saturday session II: Living as a slave

Elizabeth Fentress: The Material Culture of Slave quarters in Roman Italy

Mariana Bodnaruk: Inscribing Inequality: Late Antique Slavery in Epigraphic Evidence

Ilaria Grossi: Tene me ne fugiam et revoca me ad dominum! The relationships between slaves and owners through late antique collaria

14.00 Conclusion of the symposium and coffee

15.00 Departure

c. 17 Arrival in Helsinki

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