TUCEMEMS organises scholarly events and activities for its members as well as for the public. Our activities and events are open to anyone who is interested. TUCEMEMS activities comprise monthly talks, the Studia Generalia lecture series, scholarly conferences, and workshops. In addition, the centre organises different types of events with its partner institutions, both locally and nationally.

The core of the activities of the research centre consist of monthly presentations for the members, which introduce the latest research projects and research areas. The presentations are followed by discussion and provide an occasion to catch up in a casual setting.

The research centre organises an annual lecture series called Studia Generalia in which current themes are discussed by researchers from different fields of study. The Studia Generalia lectures have addressed topics such as materialistic culture and religion, physicality and sexuality in history, life in manors, the significance of pictures in different religious traditions, vernacular and literary production, and the significance of the reformation. The most recent topic of the lecture series has centred on the life and research of the Academy of Turku. The public lecture series are very popular events.

To advance the research aims and publications of Pre- and Early Modern studies, TUCEMEMS brings researchers together through numerous conferences and workshops. The topics of these events vary according to the interests of the hosting members. The purpose of these events is to provide a forum in which researchers from different fields of study, universities, and institutes can gather and discuss the latest research.


Colloquium: Landscapes of devotion – new approaches to the study of saints, materiality, and religion

9 June 2022

Location (hybrid): seminar room ARC 355/357, Arcanum, University of Turku & ZOOM

Registration by June 7, at https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=12835

11.30-13 Session I

Oana Cojocaru (Visiting researcher, IASR, Tampere University): "Constructing the devotional life of children in Byzantine childhood narrative."

Jyrki Nissi (Researcher, Tampere University): "Presbiter ecclesie non est in Urbe – Problems with the Last Rites in Late Medieval Resurrection Miracle Narratives"

Tiina Kala (Researcher, City Archives of Tallinn / Senior researcher, Tallinn University): "The cult of St Olaf in Tallinn"

13-14 Lunch break

14-15.30 Key-note presentation

Daniel Bornstein (Professor, Washington University in St. Louis): "Cortona of Margaret of Cortona"

Margaret of Cortona – illiterate peasant, occasional midwife, and unwed mother – made a most unusual saint.  She wasn’t even from Cortona, the Tuscan hilltop town of Cortona that claims her as its patron saint, having fled there as a destitute refugee after the murder of her lover.   This talk uses Cortona’s 14th-century tax records to reconstruct the social and economic profile of the community into which Margaret inserted herself between her arrival there in flight from the people who had killed her lover and her own death there in 1297. 

15.30 Coffee break

16-17 Session II

Ilari Aalto (Researcher, University of Turku): Carved in brick: Hints of devotion at medieval brickyards

Sofia Lahti (Researcher, University of Helsinki and Tampere University): Fragments of Lived Religion: Mapping Saints and Tracking Iconoclash’

17-18 Panel discussion

Landscapes of devotion – new approaches to the study of saints, materiality and religion

Panellists: Daniel Bornstein, Anna-Stina Hägglund (Tampere University & Åbo Akademi), Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (Tampere University, HEX), Joanna Kurth (City of Turku), Serena Masolini (University of Helsinki)
Chair: Matti Peikola (University of Turku

The colloquium is organized by Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies (TRIVIUM), and the project “Levd religion i medeltida Finland”, funded by Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland (SLS)

The key-note presentation is part of the Monthly Talks series of Centre of the Study of Christian Cultures (CSCC)