Linna, address. Kalevantie 5
Trivium – Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Questions of tolerance, aggression and even hatred based on ethnic diversity have been accentuated in recent times, but multiculturalism in its various forms is far from being confined to the modern world only. The seventh international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages conference focuses on forms of interaction and methods of negotiation in multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual contexts.
The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural interaction within and between multi-ethnic and multilingual communities, groups and individuals, minority (minorities) and majority. Cooperation, tolerance, and coexistence was an everyday necessity in Ancient and medieval societies. On occasion, however, these would turn into the opposite: suspicion, conflict, and violence, enhanced by power struggles and prejudices. All these had a central influence on social dynamics, negotiations of collective or individual identity, definitions of ethnicity, and shaping of legal rules. What was the function of multicultural and multilingual interaction in various contexts: did it create and increase conflicts, or was it rather a prerequisite for survival and prosperity?
Our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life. Actors, experiences, and various levels of negotiations are of main interest. We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Studies).
Keynote speakers of the conference are:
Professor Emma Dench (Harvard University): “From Race to Ethnicity and Back again in Classical Antiquity”
Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford): “Unity and Conflict in the Late-Antique Cult of the Saints”
Professor Felicitas Schmieder (FernUniversität in Hagen): “At the End of the World and in the Throats of our Enemies – Latin Europeans in Late Medieval Asia”