Dynamic mediators and distant gods
Symposium in honour of the 2021 HumSam Prize winner Ingvild Sælid Gilhus
Dynamic Mediators and Distant Gods
Communication between gods and humans is seldom straightforward. Most religions, in antiquity and today, “monotheistic” and “polytheistic” alike, have been densely populated with intermediate supernatural beings. Conversely, on the human side, religious experts have been tasked with such mediation. This symposium explores the nature and roles of such mediators (human and supernatural) in antiquity and today.
The symposium focuses on the ancient roots of present-day religion and on the application of models and concepts from contemporary religion and culture in order to understand the past.
In what ways can the present throw light on the past and in what ways does the past live on in the present?
What can the application of present-day perspectives on the past reveal about continuity and change in people’s relationship with the divine, or human nature in general?
The symposium invites creativity in perspectives and methods, unconventional use of theory across time periods, and curiosity-driven research, all in celebration of the inspirational work of Ingvild Sælid Gilhus.
Jan Bremmer (University of Groningen)
Margit Warburg (University of Copenhagen)
Steven Sutcliffe (University of Edinburgh)
Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo)
Sissel Undheim (University of Bergen)
Siv Ellen Kraft (The Arctic University of Norway UiT)
Christian Bull (MF - Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society)
Anne Kalvig (University of Stavanger)
Einar Thomassen (University of Bergen) moderator
Ingvild Sælid Gilhus (University of Bergen)
Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF - Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society) Moderator
Laura Feldt (The University of Southern Denmark)
Anders Klostergaard Petersen (University of Aarhus)
Dag Øistein Endsjø (University of Oslo)
09.00–09.30 Introduction by Einar Thomassen
09.30–10.00 Jan Bremmer
10.00–10.30 Sissel Undheim
10.30–11.00 Siv Ellen Kraft
11.00–11.30 Coffee break
11.30–12.00 Hugo Lundhaug
12.00–12.30 Christian Bull
12.30–13.00 Margit Warburg
14.15–15.30 Panel conversation
15.30–15.45 Coffee break
15.45–16.15 Steven Sutcliffe
16.15–16.45 Anne Kalvig
16.45–17.15 Coffee break
17.15–18.15 Ingvild Sælid Gilhus
If you have any questions, please contact Gro Havelin on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (+47) 22 84 15 00.