by Miika Tucker
The workshop on patterns of change in the development of biblical texts, a CSTT-organized event in Helsinki in the month of May, showcased important examples of textual differences that are attested by the different witnesses to the Hebrew Bible. Continue reading Change is Messy
By Katri Antin and Jutta Jokiranta
A group of approximately twenty Dead Sea Scrolls scholars from several European institutions gathered in warm autumn weather in Helsinki on 14-15 September 2015 to share research and form new networks, also among MA and PhD students. Continue reading From Tiny Dots to Globalization
by Jutta Jokiranta
The cognitive turn in the study of the human mind emerged in academia already over fifty years ago. But how has it effected history of religions and biblical studies—or has it? And should it? Continue reading What Have Biblical Studies to Do with Cognitive Science?
To understand changes in sacred texts, it is necessary to understand changes in the cultures that produced them. The 9th Melammu Symposium, which will be held in Helsinki and Tartu on May 18-24, 2015, will be an exciting opportunity for all interested scholars to get a close look on the latest developments on the themes of continuity, transformation, and diffusion in the Near East and surrounding areas. Continue reading Melammu Symposium 9: “Conceptualizing Past, Present and Future”
Trends and Challenges in the Cognitive Science of Religion
University of Helsinki, March 3-4, 2015
Venue: (note: room has changed) Faculty Room Room 531, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki (Vuorikatu 3, 5th floor)
Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) emerged in the 1990s to explain regularities of religious phenomena across time and place by using the growing body of knowledge from cognitive and evolutionary sciences. Today it is a pluralistic and interdisciplinary field that focuses on the intuitive mental mechanisms underpinning religious beliefs and behaviours as well as on the interaction of the human mind, social cognition, and cultural environment. CSR applies a wide variety of different theoretical perspectives, for example, from experimental psychology, neurosciences, biology and research on emotions. Continue reading Research seminar on Cognitive Science of Religion (Helsinki, March 3-4)
Host: Centre of Excellence in “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions”, University of Helsinki
Organisers: Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki) & Agnès
Garcia-Ventura (“Sapienza” Università di Roma)
Where: University of Helsinki (Finland), Main building (Fabianinkatu 33)
When: October 27-28, 2014
Aim: To discuss different methodological approaches to gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology, art history and text studies) and enable a fruitful dialogue between these approaches.
Registration: Registration to attend is now open (there is no
conference fee). To register please send an email before September
15, 2014 to Saana Svärd and/or Agnès Garcia-Ventura. Continue reading Workshop: “Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”
by Hanne von Weissenberg
Thirty members of the Centre of Excellence met for a one-day meeting in Helsinki on the 3rd June 2014. The day was an interesting, inspiring and unique combination of academic papers and discussions concerning academic career and its challenges. Continue reading “Where Excellence and Teamwork Meet” – CSTT Meeting, 3rd June 2014
Call for papers has closed, please see latest information on the workshop.
Host: Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions, University of Helsinki
Organisers: Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki) / Agnès Garcia-Ventura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
When and where: University of Helsinki (Finland), October 26th-28th 2014
After the workshop held in the last Rencontre Assyriologique (Ghent, July 2013) titled “Gender, Methodology and Assyriology” the organisers (Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd) are now pleased to announce a new workshop titled “Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East”.
The four keynote speakers are (in alphabetical order): Ann Guinan
(Babylonian Section, University of PA. Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology) / Stephanie Langin-Hooper (Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, Texas) / Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge) / Ilona Zsolnay (University of Pennsylvania). The aim of the meeting is to discuss different methodological approaches to
gender within the framework of ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology, art history and text studies) and enable a fruitful dialogue between these approaches. Proposals dealing with these issues are welcome.
We encourage you to submit poster proposals instead of presentations as there are currently only a few time slots available for presentations. A specific poster session will be scheduled. Please send titles and abstracts (150-300 words) by June 10th. We will inform about acceptance of proposals (as presentations or posters) before June 20th.
Please send titles and abstracts to Saana Svärd (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Agnès Garcia-Ventura (email@example.com)