Thomas Arentzen

Reader, affiliated with the university


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, Virginia Burrus & Glenn Peers, 2021, Palgrave Macmillan. 206 p. (New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Thomas Arentzen, Alexander Lingas & Anna Stavrakopoulou, 2021, Washington DC : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Research output: Other contributionWeb publication/Blog post

Thomas Arentzen, 2021, In: Din: religionsvitenskapelig tidsskrift. 1, p. 107-111

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

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