Online seminar: Saints in the Slavic Christian world (900-1400)

9 November 2021 13:00 to 17:00 Seminar

Saints in the Slavic Christian world (900-1400). Assessing culture, power, religion and language in Slavic hagiographies and religious literature. Online seminar, Tuesday 9th November 2021 from 13-17 (preliminary).

Prof. dr. Dieter Stern, University of Ghent: ”Founder saints and the consolidation of Christianity among the Slavs”

Research fellow, Emil Hilton Saggau, Lund University: ”Killing the Tsar again – power, revenge and warriors in early Slavic hagiographies”

The various Slavic realms of the early medieval period converted to Christianity in different pace and modes. This religious turn was also one that encompassed cultural and social change, which is mostly visible in the broad ranges of Slavic hagiographies and religious literature airings after 900. The formation of Slavic saints provide in-roads into the Slavic societies and their cultivation and localization of Christian culture and religion. The early Christian Slavic literature calls for further examination and assessment to shed further light on the shaping of culture, power, religion and language, which we hope this seminar will provide room for.

In this seminar a range of scholars are invited to present and discuss this particular Slavic sense of Christianity in order to bring together different perspectives and methods on the topic. The speakers will focus on the brokering and shaping of Slavic Christian culture, power, religion and language, as its comes to the surface in these types of sources.

The talks will focus on conversion, power and hagiographies, as well as the development of Slavic saints and hagiographies in relations to Byzantium, Scandinavia or Western Europe.

Practical information
The seminar is accesible online at Zoom.
All talks are restricted to maximum 20 minutes to allow at least 10 minutes for discussion.
The chat and talk will be moderated.

Sign up for the seminar at emil.saggau@ctr.lu.se

Jointly hosted by Lund University, Ghent University and the Balkan History Association.


Seminar I

Programme ,Tuesday 9th November 2021 from 13-18

13.00-13.15: Welcome by Emil Hilton Saggau

13.15-14.00: keynote “Founder saints and the consolidation of Christianity among the Slavs”
 Dr. Dieter Stern, professor at University of Ghent (Netherlands)

14.00 “Transmission Practices in the Hagiography of Medieval Rus’”

Dr. Karine Åkerman Sarkisian, Associated professor, Uppsala University, (Sweden)

14.30-14.45: Break

14.30-16.15: Session I

14.45:Life of St Pachomius the Great and its Medieval Slavonic translations among the South Slavs

Dr. Ivan P. Petrov, Humboldt-Stiftung Postdoc fellow by Institut für Slawistik, Universität Gießen

15.15: “Prince Vaišelga as a local saint: between chronicles, oral history and hagiography”

Dr. Vytas Jankauskas, Research center of Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Lithuania)

15.45: “The Waldensian concept of catholic saints: total rejection or hidden faith”

Dr. Aliaksandra Valodzina, Postdoc, University of Lausanne, Faculty of Arts (Switzerland).

16.15-16.30: break

16.30-18: Session II

16.30: “Decoloniality patterns between Byzantium and the South Slavs?- The transmission of the Metaphrastic Menologion”

Dr. Marijana Vuković, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)

17.00: “Saint Vladimir and models of sanctity in The Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja”

Dr. Wawrzyniec Kowalski, Assistant professor, University of Wrocław, (Poland)

17.30: “Killing the Tsar again – power, revenge and warriors in early Slavic hagiographies”,

Dr. Emil Hilton Saggau, Research fellow, Lund University (Sweden)


Picture: The murder of St. Vaclav I of Bohemia in front of a Church 935. Gumpold’s Codex.

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9 November 2021 13:00 to 17:00

Online seminar


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