Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund 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).



Books (2)
Articles (2)
Book chapters (6)
Conference contributions (9)
Reviews (8)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (8)
Miscellaneous (1)

Thomas Arentzen

Visiting Research Fellow
Church and Mission Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail thomas.arentzenctr.luse

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

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