Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
Hagiographica Septentrionalia


In Co-operation

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


The Trivium Centre, founded October 10th 2006, is a multidisciplinary research centre of The Faculty School of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere. Our purpose is to increase dialogue and encourage study of classical, medieval and early modern cultures, society and everyday life. The members of the centre work as historians, philologists, as well as with literature and philosophy.

The researchers of Trivium working at the University of Tampere have been successful in obtaining research funding from elsewhere: during the past ten years, they have received approximately 4 million euros from the Academy of Finland as well as from different trusts and foundastions. The publication volume is also notable: for a list of recent publications by the researchers working at the University of Tampere, click here.


  • Seminar on the book Parricide and violence against parents in history (Palgrave 2018)
    In collaboration with IASR
    March 6 at 16.00
    Please see the programme here. Welcome!
  • New Book
    The book Migration and Multi-ethnic Communities. Mobile People from the Late Middle Ages to the Present (De Gruyter, 2018), edited by Maija Ojala-Fulwood, is out now! The articles present ten fascinating cases about the lives of migrants from different centuries. Writers analyse, for example, the ways ethnicity was understood in different time periods, and what kinds of motivations there were for migration. The book also works as a handbook for the methodology of migration studies.
    More information on the publisher's website.
  • Trivium workshop on Children and Family, September 8th 2017
    "Children and Family. Perspectives on Power, Hope and Historical Change in the Premodern World."
    PinniB 3032, at 12-16.
    More information here.
  • 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.
  • Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, 23.-25. August 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.
  • Trivium seminar on Lived Reformation, May 8th 2017
    University of Tampere, Pinni B 3032 at 14-17.30
    Programme here.
  • 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 Disability, Health and Healing, 20. January 2017
    On Friday 20. January Trivium will organise a seminar on health and healing from Antiquity till the Modern Era. Speakers are Ghislaine Van Der Ploeg (University of Tampere), Marko Lamberg (University of Tampere), Päivi Räisänen-Schröder (University of Helsinki) ja Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu). Programme and more information here.
  • Seminar on the history of mental health 9. December
    On Friday 9. December Trivium will organise a seminar on mental health in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern era. Programme and more information here!
  • New book
    The book Lived Religion and the Long Reformation in Northern Europe c. 1300-1700 (Brill), edited by Sari Katajala-Peltomaa and Raisa Maria Toivo, is out now. More information on the publisher's website.
  • New book
    The book Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World (Routledge), edited by Christian Laes and Ville Vuolanto out now. More information on the publisher's website.
  • Professor Christian Krötzl's 60th birthday seminar and dinner 2 Sept. 2016
    Please click here to view the programme and how to register.
  • 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.
  • Seminar Multilingual Encounters in Antiquity
    Wednesday, 9 March 2016, at University of Tampere, Main Building, Room C8 Some slides of the presentations are now downloadable here.
  • Trivium seminar on multilingualism I
    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.
    Please click here to view the programme. Welcome!
  • The book Agents and objects. Children in Pre-modern Europe (Acta IRF, 42), ed. by Katariina Mustakallio and Jussi Hanska has now been published in the series of the Finnish Institute in Rome. The volume collects together the results of the work done by the research group during Katariina Mustakallio's term as the director of the institute. You can find the table of contents and a link to download a pdf of the volume at the website of the institute.
  • Dean, university lecturer and Trivium board member Katariina Mustakallio has been elected as one of the three vice-rectors of the University of Tampere.
  • The website of the new Ostia project is now online. Welcome to read about the research and activities!
  • Article compilation Infirmity in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Social and Cultural Approaches to Health, Weakness and Care (ed. by Christian Krötzl, Katariina Mustakallio and Jenni Kuuliala), which includes some of the papers held at the fifth Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference can now be ordered at the website of Ashgate.
  • Welcome to follow the new blog of Trivium! In the blog researchers affiliated with the centre will discuss various topics related to the pre-modern times in English and in Finnish.
  • New book Children and Family in Late Antiquity. Life, Death and Interaction ed. by Christian Laes, Katariina Mustakallio and Ville Vuolanto (Leuven: Peeters 2015) out now! For more information, see the publisher's website.

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