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Autumn 2018

WORKSHOP – Call for Papers!

Death in Theory. A workshop of multidisciplinary approaches on studying death. December 11, 2018, in Turku, Finland.

Venue: Aikala, Historicum 2nd floor, Kaivokatu 12, Turku

Death does not only make the methods of disposing or preserving the corpse topical, but it is also a system providing the meaning for death itself. Although, death is a biological process, it is at the same time a phenomenon of cultural, social, religious and philosophical significance. What kind of conceptual framework, terminology and methodology is needed in studying death, and how do they affect the analysis of historical or prehistorical death?

We are looking for short introductions (ca. 15–20 min) addressing theoretical approachess in studying death and burial from different perspectives (e.g. archaeology, history, folklore, philosophy, religion and ethnology) to be presented at Death in Theory workshop. The abstracts should be ca. 150 words, and they should be sent to or by November 15, 2018. The language of the workshop is English.

For more information:

Ulnor Uotila,


Religious Objects in Medieval Cathedrals and Churches workshop. November 30 2018, in Turku, Finland.

The workshop 'Religious Objects in Medieval Cathedrals and Churches' addresses the relationship between artefacts, Christianity, and medieval studies. It presents new perscpectives on the research of ecclesiastic cultural heritage and material culture, and  – at the same time – examines the artefact assemblage of Turku Cathedral from these novel viewpoints.

Venue: Aikala, Historicum 2nd floor, Kaivokatu 12, Turku 

Time: 10am – 5pm


10:15–12:30 First session (Anu Mänd, Hanna Pirinen, Katri Vuola)
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–15:30 Second session (Jesse Keskiaho, Georges Kazan, Sofia Lahti)
15:30–17:00 Third session (Visa Immonen, general discussion &closing remarks)

Contributors and topics:

Turku Cathedral and its Medieval Material Culture – What is Known and Unknown?
Georges Kazan: (TIAS/Archaeology, University of Turku): Relics – Shared Heritage of the Nordic World: New Approaches
Jesse Keskiaho (History, University of Helsinki): Ecclesiastical Books as Material Texts Between Production and Use
Sofia Lahti (Art History, Åbo Akademi): Reliquaries and Relevance
Anu Mänd (Art History, University of Tallinn): The Interior and Religious Objects of Estonian Medieval Cathedrals
Hanna Pirinen (Art History, University of Jyväskylä): German Tradition of the Domschatz Collections and Northern Reflections. Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions of the Ecclesiastical Items
Katsi Vuola (Art History, University of Helsinki): The Forms, Placements and Uses of Crusifixes in the Cathedral of Turku during the Middle Ages – What can we know?

The Language of the workshop is English.

Visa Immonen (
Marika Räsänen (


The public lectures focusing on the Royal Academy of Turku (1640–1828) will be held on Mondays at 5 to 7 pm in PharmaCity Auditorium (Pha1), Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4, Turku. On the campus map, PharmaCity is marked with T49. The event is open to the public.

A warm welcome, everyone!


22.10. Mari Välimäki: "Opinnot, riennot ja riiuut. Opiskelijoiden arkea 1600-luvun Turussa"

19.11. Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen: "Turun akatemian opskelijat ulkomailla: tulevien lakimiesten opintomatkat 1600- ja 1700-luvuilla"



Monthly Talks bring researchers from different fields together to discuss about their latest research interests and results. After the presentation, there is time for informal discussion and refreshment. The  presentations will be held on Fridays at 2 to 4 pm in the Aikala meeting room in Historicum, (Kaivokatu 12, Turku). On the campus map, Historicum is marked with T51.



21.9. Aki Arponen: “Turun tuomiokirkon reliikit - teorioita pyhimyksistä ja kiistoja omistuksesta.” 


19.10. Heta Aali: "Medievalismi ja merovingikuningattaret 1800-luvun alun ranskalaisessa historiankirjoituksessa". 


16.11. Visa Immonen: “Liikuttavia kuvia – Pyhän Henrikin sarkofagi keskiajan kirkkotilassa” 


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