Visiting lectures by Prof. Philip Harland and Prof. Maia Kotrosits on Tuesday 15.5.2018

We welcome Professors Philip Harland and Maia Kotrosits to Helsinki as visiting scholars of the ECCE-project (May 10-17). The covering themes of their visit are Christian identity, associations in the Greco-Roman world and cultural evolution in the context of early Christianity.

Maia Kotrosits is Assistant Professor of Religion at Denison University, Ohio. She combines affect theory and contemporary studies of diaspora and transnational populations to bear on ancient literature, reading ancient Jewish and Christian literature (including Nag Hammadi texts) not as the literature of emergent religions, but rather as poignant and unexceptional responses to social fragmentation and the broad colonial conditions of the Roman Empire. 

Professor Kotrosits’ open lecture “Rethinking Early Christian Identity” will be on Tuesday 15.5.2018 at 12.15-14.00 in Faculty Hall, Fabianinkatu 24, room 524.

Philip Harland is Associate Professor in the Humanities Division at York University in Toronto, where he teaches the Religious Studies and Ancient History programs. Prof. Harland’s studies particularly focus on how archeological and epigraphic evidence can shed light on early Jewish and Christian history and literature. He is also member of the advisory board of the ECCE-project. 

Professor Harland gives presentation of his work on ancient associations and his website “Associations in the Greco-Roman World” in the Ancient and Medieval Middle East Seminar on Tuesday 15.5.2018 at 16.15 in Faculty Hall, Fabianinkatu 24, room 524. 

In the same occasion Professor and PI of the ECCE-project Petri Luomanen will give short introduction to the Academy of Finland project Early Christianity in Cultural Evolution (ECCE).