The program unit is co-chaired by Bärry (Pieter) Hartog and Elisa Uusimäki. The steering committee consists of Lautaro Lanzillotta, Dennis Mizzi, and Maren Niehoff. Please find more information about them here:


Dr Pieter (Bärry) Hartog (PhD, 2015) is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen, the Netherlands. He is scholar of ancient Judaism in the context of the Graeco-Roman world, with a particular interest in textual scholarship, scribal culture, and the formation of cultural and religious identity in an ever-changing world. His newest project concentrates on the formation of globalised identities in Jewish, Christian, and Greek travel narratives from the Early Roman Period. Alongside peer-reviewed articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Jewish literature, Hartog has authored Pesher and Hypomnema: A Comparison of Two Commentary Traditions from the Hellenistic-Roman Period (Leiden, 2017) and co-edited The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Hellenistic Context (Leiden, 2017) and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities (Leiden, 2018).




Dr Elisa Uusimäki (PhD, 2013) is a scholar of ancient Jewish literature and holds the title of docent at the University of Helsinki, currently working in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and serving as the PI of the research project “Conceptions of Virtue in Early Judaism” (2018-2020). Uusimäki’s area of expertise is Second Temple Judaism. She has published a peer-reviewed monograph and numerous articles in major journals on topics such as wisdom and torah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, early biblical interpretation, the figure of the sage in antiquity, and exemplarity. Apart from Helsinki, Uusimäki has undertaken research at the University of Manchester, Yale University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Groningen, and New York University.

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Prof. Lautaro Lanzillotta (University of Groningen)

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Dr Dennis Mizzi (University of Malta)

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Prof. Maren Niehoff (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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