Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
Hagiographica Septentrionalia


In Co-operation

Glossa ry.
The Classical Association of Finland
The Finnish Historical Society


Forthcoming Events

Seminar on the book Parricide and violence against parents in history (Palgrave 2018)
Organised by IASR and Trivium
March 6 at 4.00pm Pinni B 1097
More information on the book


Opening by editors Marianna Muravyeva and Raisa Maria Toivo: What could we learn from the history of parricide?

Presentation by authors
Satu Lidman: Ambivalent Fatherhood: On Disobedience and Assaults Against Parental Authority in Munich in the Early Seventeenth Century (Independent researcher)
Katie Barclay: From Confession to Declaration. Changing Narratives of Parricide in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (University of Adelaide /University of Aarhus)
Comments by Philip Shon (University of Ontario)

Drinks and snacks

Past Events

Trivium Workshop: Children and Family. Perspectives on Power, Hope and Historical Change in the Premodern World
September 8th, 2017, at 12 - 16, University of Tampere PinniB 3032


Mark Golden: Changing Childhood in the Hellenistic Period?
Comments: Kirsi-Maria Hytönen and Ville Vuolanto

Jaakkojuhani Peltonen: The Youth of Alexander the Great. A Stereotypical Portrait of an Immature Juvenile?
Roosa Kallunki: Children and Agency in Roman Religion
Comments: Mark Golden and Kirsi-Maria Hytönen

14:10 Coffee

Jenni Kuuliala and Ville Vuolanto: The New Hope: Family, Continuity and the Meaningful Life in Premodern World
Sanna Joska: Finding Hope in Death? Family, Children and Continuity in the Roman Empire (1st - 3rd century)
Comments: Kirsi-Maria Hytönen and Mark Golden

For the purpose of organizing the coffee, please inform us of your attendance at your earliest convenience, before September 1st, to ville.vuolanto@uta.fi

Lecture on Olympic games in antiquity and today, September 7th 2017

SOC Visiting Professor Mark Golden: "Olive-Tinted Spectacles: Myths in the Histories of the Ancient and Modern Olympic". Thursday 7.9.2017, University of Tampere Main Building, lecture room C6, 14:15.
For more information, please contact Ville.Vuolanto@uta.fi.

Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, 23.-25.8.2018
The CFP for the seventh Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference, with the title "Neighbours or Strangers? Conflict, Negotiation, and Collaboration in Multicultural Communities", is open here.

Seminar: Recent Work on Ostia Antica, May 22nd
University of Tampere, Pinni B4114, 2pm - 4pm
Welcome to a seminar where the researchers of the Academy of Finland project "Segregated or Integrated? Living and Dying in the harbour city of Ostia, 300 BCE - 700 CE" present their work and discuss the project.


Arja Karivieri and Katariina Mustakallio - Welcome and Introduction to the Project Work
Marja-Leena Hänninen - Oriental cults in the urban landscape and society of Ostia
Ghislaine van der Ploeg - Ostian Collegia, Status, and Civic Order: The Fabri Tignuarii


Guest lectures by Dr Marxiano Melotti (Università di Milano - Bicocca)

1) Wednesday April 19th, seminar room 3077 at 16.00:
"Towards a global heritage. Europe and the reinvention of the past"
2) Welcome also to Dr Melotti's other presentation next day, Thursday, April 20th (seminar room 3077, at 12.15):
"Gladiators for a day. Archaeology, tourism and consumption in Rome"

For further information, please contact Katariina Mustakallio or Ville Vuolanto (ville.vuolanto@uta.fi).

Trivium seminar on Lived Reformation May 8 2017
at 14-17:30
University of Tampere, PinniB3032

Prof. Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge: Converting the Cross: Monuments, Memory and Time in Post-Reformation England
Prof. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa and Dr. Raisa Maria Toivo, University of Tampere: Taming the Mother of God? Long Reformation and the Virgin Mary in the North
Comments by Dr. Ali Qadir and Prof. Pirjo Markkola

15:30 Coffee

Associate prof. Louise Kallestrup, University of Southern Denmark: A divine duty. Witchcraft in post-Reformation Denmark
Dr. Susanna Niiranen, University of Jyväskylä: A Catholic in the late sixteenth-century Sweden: Catherine Jagiellon
Comments by Prof. Pirjo Markkola and Dr. Ali Qadir

For the purpose of organizing the coffee, please inform us of your attendance at your earliest convenience, before May 2nd, to raisa.toivo@uta.fi

Social Networks, Cultural Communication, and Everyday Life: the Hansa and beyond, University of Tampere 2.-4.3.2017
Second workshop of the Nos-HS exploratory workshop project "The Hansa in the North - Cultural and Social Transformations. A Reassesment". This workshop will focus on the role of social networks and cultural communication in society, in local communities and in everyday life situations.
The programme is downloadable here.

Seminar on the history of illness, disability and healing

Trivium will organize a seminar on the history of illness, disability and healing from Antiquity to the 19th century, on Friday 20th January 2017 (Pinni B3032, at 2.00 pm). The idea is to have a laid-back event encouraging multidisciplinary discussion. During the afternoon, we will hear four presentations, which will be commented on by scholars of different fields: Prof. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (history), Prof. Päivi Pahta (English philology) and Dr Pia Vuolanto (sociology / nursing science). After their comments, we welcome the audience to join the discussion. Refreshments will be served after the presentations. Please register by sending an email to jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi by Wednesday 18th January. The seminar will be held in English.


Ghislaine Van Der Ploeg (University of Tampere): Sacred Healing and the Roman Imperial Army: The Dissemination of the Cult of Asclepius, God of Medicine
Marko Lamberg (University of Tampere / University of Stockholm): Tracing the Living Conditions of the Blind in Early Modern Stockholm, c. 1450-1650: Preliminary Findings
Päivi Räisänen-Schröder (University of Helsinki): Healing in 17th and 18th Century Jesuit Mission Reports
Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu): Britain’s Forgotten Workers: Disabled People and the Industrial Revolution

Welcome all!

Seminar on the History of Mental Health

Friday 9. December at 2pm (TaSTI seminar room Pinni B3032.
We kindly ask you to register by Monday 5. December by writing an email to jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi. The language (Fin/Eng) of the seminar will be decided depending on the persons attending.

Susanna Niiranen (University of Jyväskylä): Multisensorial medicine in the Middle Ages. Odour therapy against mental disorders.
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (University of Tampere): Trauma and demons - mental disorders in the Middle Ages
Riikka Miettinen (University of Tampere): The Thin Line between Madness and Sanity. Determination of In/Sanity in Seventeeth-Century Sweden and Finland

Discussants: Ville Kivimäki (history), Kirsi Peltonen (psychology) & Ville Vuolanto (historia)


Professor Christian Krötzl's 60th birthday seminar and dinner, 2 Sept. 2016

Please register by using this form by 19 August, 2016. Welcome!

Programme (Room PinniB 1096, at 12am - 4pm):
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Jenni Kuuliala & Kirsi Salonen: Welcome
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa & Kirsi Salonen: Publishing of the volume Church and Belief in the Middle Ages. Popes, Saints, and Crusaders
Didier Lett (Université Paris Diderot): Childhood and family in the judicial registers of Bologna in the fifteenth century
Kurt Villads Jensen (University of Stockholm): Nordic perspectives on conversion and landscapes
Tapio Salminen (University of Tampere): Medieval Notariate in the Baltic Sea Area: Previous Research - New Problems
Katariina Mustakallio (University of Tampere): Gender and religion in classical Roman culture



Workshop for PhD students and post docs, 1 Sept. 2016
A day before Prof. Krötzl's birthday seminar, Trivium organises a workshop for PhD students and post docs. There will be two commentators for the papers: Professor Didier Lett (Université Paris Diderot) and Professor Kurt Villads Jenssen (Tukholman yliopisto). We kindly ask everyone interested in presenting a paper to contact jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi by 31 May 2016. For more information about the workshop, please contact Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (sari.katajala-peltomaa@uta.fi) or Jenni Kuuliala (jenni.kuuliala@uta.fi). It is also possible to attend the workshop without presenting a paper, about which we will inform later.

Multilingual Encounters in Antiquity

The second seminar on multilingualism is organized by Trvium - Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies with the Institute of Advanced Social Research, IASR
Wednesday, 9th of March 2016
University of Tampere, Main Building, Room C8



    2 pm Welcome and introduction: Christian Krötzl (University of Tampere) and Christian Laes (University of Tampere, IASR)
    2.15 pm Timo Sironen (University of Oulu): Language Encounters: Latin and the Italic languages
    2.45 pm Jaakojuhanni Peltonen (University of Tampere): Language Encounters and Alexander the Great
    3.15 pm Discussion
    3.30 pm Break
    3.45 pm Kalle Korhonen (University of Helsinki): Language Encounters in Sicily
    Download slides
    4.15 pm Martti Leiwo (University of Helsinki): Language Encounters in Graeco-Roman Egypt
    Download slides
    4.45 pm Discussion
    5 pm Conclusions and further prospects: Christian Krötzl and Christian Laes

Triviumi seminar on multilingualism
In spring term 2016 Trivium organises a series of seminars discussing the theme multilingualism. The first seminar will take place on February 18, from 2pm till 5pm at Pinni B4115. Of the speakers Päivi Pahta, Janne Skaffari ja Jukka Tyrkkö are members of the research project Multilingual Practices in the History of Written English.



    Professor Christian Krötzl: Welcome
    Professor Päivi Pahta: Linguistic approaches to historical multilingualism
    Dr Janne Skaffari: Exploring multilingual practices in post-Conquest England
    MA Jukka Tuominen: Multilingual practices in Early Modern English religious writing
    Dr Doc Jukka Tyrkkö: Corpus linguistic perspectives to historical multilingualism: a methodological introduction
    MA Lauri Uusitalo: Multilingual Communication in Colonial Spanish America

For information on the past Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conferences, please visit the conference series website

7th Arachne Conference: Women, Agency and Power, 22-24 October 2014

Dante and Transgression - The Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference of the Nordic Dante Network, 20.-22.8.2009.

Darker Sides of Childhood. Marginalisation and Socialisation in Classical and Medieval World
International colloquium on History of Childhood at the University of Tampere, May 11th, 2009.

Dies Mediaevales
A national conference for medievalists 9.-12.10.2008, University of Tampere.

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