Thomas Arentzen

affiliated with the university, Reader


Born in Trondheim 1976.

I defended my doctoral thesis at Lund University in 2014. From 2015 to 2019 I conducted the research project Bodies in Motion: Religion and Corporeality in Late Antiquity at the University of Oslo and spent spring term 2016 as visiting scholar at Brown University. In 2018 I was awarded docentur (habilitation) in Church History in Lund. The academic year of 2018-19, I worked as Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

My research interests include Byzantine Christianity and ecology. More generally, I have explored popular piety and literary expressions of Christian faith. My monograph The Virgin in Song from 2017 studies representations of the Virgin Mary in late ancient poetry. I recently edited a volume called The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium.

Leader of the Uppsala based research project Beyond the Garden: An Ecocritical Approach to Early Byzantine Christianity (funded by the Swedish Research Council).

Recent research outputs

Thomas Arentzen, 2020 Feb 27, Greece : Mix Grill.

Research output: Other contributionWeb publication/Blog post

Thomas Arentzen, 2020, Nytt Norsk Kirkeblad, 1, p. 99-101.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Thomas Arentzen, Henrik Rydell Johnsén & Andreas Westergren, 2020, Wisdom on the Move: Late Antique Traditions in Multicultural Conversation. Essays in Honor of Samuel Rubenson. Harvey, S. A., Arentzen, T., Johnsén, H. R. & Westergren, A. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 247-250 (Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements; vol. 161).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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