Faculty of Theology welcomes Associate Professor Enrique Santos Marinas, as visiting researcher

This spring, the Faculty has the honor of having Associate Professor Enrique Santos Marinas as visiting researcher. Santos Marinas comes from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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Dr. Enrique Santos Marinas

Last year Santos Marinas was awarded with a six-month scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education in order to develop a research stay at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo under the supervision of Professor Stig Ragnvald Frøyshov.

Slavonic reception of Byzantine liturgy

"My interests are very diverse, mainly History and Culture of Medieval Central and Eastern Europe, Slavonic Bible, Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian Lexicology, Sources on Slavic Pre-Christian Religion, Christianization of the Slavs, and Medieval Slavonic Literature", Enrique Santos Marinas tells us.

The topic of his current research is the Slavonic reception of Byzantine liturgy, and concretely the earliest Greek monostrophic forms, the so-called kata stichon hymns.

"My reason for coming to Oslo was mainly the work of Professor Frøyshov, who is one of the leading scholars in Orthodox liturgy today, and because of his research group “Eastern Christian Daily Office”", Santos Marinas says.

The results of his research stay will be an edition and publication of some of those hymns, as well as a presentation in an international seminar that is expected to take place later this year as part of Professor Frøyshovʼs research group.

Possible future collaboration

"During my stay I will have the chance to take profit of the prestigious institution that the Faculty of Theology here in Oslo is. I will use its valuable library holdings and attend interesting lectures and seminars on New Testament Studies and Religious Studies in general. This will be very useful for my academic and researching career", Santos Marinas states.

He thinks this could be an excellent opportunity to establish the basis for a possible future collaboration between his institution and the Faculty of Theology, with the aim of organizing joint academic and research activities in the future.

About Enrique Santos Marinas

Santos Marinas was born in 1976 and belong to the academic staff of the Faculty of Philology of the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain), being a member of the Institute for the Sciences of Religions.

Santos Marinas is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Philology, teaching full time Russian Language, Russian History, and Russian Thought at the Degree on Modern Languages and Literatures. He also takes part in the courses “Near East and Mediterranean: Policies and Cultures (Byzantium and Medieval Slavic Kingdoms)” at the Masterʼs Degree on Medieval Studies and “Texts and Documents for the Study of Early Christianity” at the Masterʼs Degree on Sciences of Religions.

From 2008 until 2013 Santos Marinas was PhD Lecturer Assistant at the same university, teaching full time Introduction to Old Church Slavonic, Russian Language, 19th-Century Russian Literature, Slavic Linguistics, Historical Keys of the Slavic World, as well as Russian Culture and its artistic achievements.

He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Philology from the University Complutense of Madrid. In addition, he has a Degree in Slavic Philology with a major in Russian and a minor in Slovak, and a second Degree in French Philology. In October 2004 Santos Marinas defended successfully his doctoral dissertation “The mechanisms of loanwords adaptation and nominal calques formation in the translation of the Gospel in Old Church Slavonic” under the direction of Prof. Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa Núñez.

Upcoming projects

"In the future I am expected to collaborate on the English version of a compilation of the historical sources on Slavic pre-Christian religion, coordinated by Prof. Álvarez-Pedrosa. I am also working with him to publish a monograph on the rituals of such religion, as part of the collection “Beyond Medieval Europe” published by ARC Humanities Press", Santos Marinas tells us. 

"I will also collaborate on another monograph on the hagiographies of several Christian military saints, with a Spanish research project I am a member of. And finally, I would like to continue and deepen the research on the Slavic reception of Byzantine liturgy that I started here at the Faculty of Theology with Professor Frøyshov, which I am sure will lead to very interesting conclusions", Santos Marinas concludes.

Published Apr. 26, 2019 2:57 PM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2019 2:57 PM