Plans for cooperation

We want the cooperation to be focused, to reach the long term goal of establishing a school of Early Christian studies. Therefore, the main focus will be on

  • interdisciplinary studies.
  • synchronic study of the multifaceted world in which Early Christianity emerged.
  • the formation of Early Christianities through interactions and conflicts in its context, as well as through transformations of its classical and Biblical heritage.
  • development of new theoretical approaches, theories, models and concepts used in studies of Early Christianity and Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Read about the forr main areas of cooperation below.


There will be held seminars in areas of relevance for PhD-students from various fields, combining:

  • the study of places, monuments and landscapes
  • presentation of particular issues and problems of relevance in that particular place
  • theoretical issues of method and interpretation

These seminars are the responsibility of the network, shared between institutions.

Teacher exchange and local PhD seminars

The teacher exchange and PhD-student participation in local seminars will focus on:

  • specific issues
  • theory and methodology, e.g. gender studies in Early Christianity
  • discussions of (parts of) dissertations
  • dissertation advising

The local institutions, based on their academic strengths, will arrange these seminars. Support from the network will make it possible to bring in international scholars, as well lecturers from other institutions in the network, and to give travel subsidies to PhD -students from the network. Such seminars can be specifically arranged for the PhD-programme. At other seminars or conferences support from the network will make it possible to arrange special sessions for PhD-students, to have discussions of PhD-work in progress, and to provide international expert advising.

Recognition of PhD-seminars held by member institutions

We will establish a formalised procedure so that seminars will be recognized within the programmes of the network institutions and students will receive credit for participation. Seminars will be advertised within the network, and open for PhD-students from other institutions.

Exchange of information based on electronic media

We will strengthen the sharing of information concerning ongoing research, and bibliography, and establish a databank of relevant information, publications etc. This exchange goes beyond the homepage information required by NORFA, and thus requires extra resources. This task will be coordinated with the information and bibliographic work already undertaken by the Collegium patristicum Lundense in Lund, and for New Testament by Troels Engberg-Pedersen in Copenhagen.

Continued cooperation

There is already a high degree of formal and informal contact and cooperation between several of the member institutions of this network. It is insufficiently coordinated, however. During this first three-year period we are certain that we have established formalised forms of cooperation so that the activities of the network can be continued, e.g. through further common projects, and a formalised structure of recognition of PhD-courses between institutions. The long-term goal is to establish a "Nordic School of Early Christian Studies".

There is a basis for such a development of the proposed network in their projects and their broad contacts with international colleagues and milieus. Nordic scholars have a unique position in that we have contacts with the major, diverse traditions in the study of Christianity in Antiquity, both the classical tradition of continental Europe and the newer American approach based on literary studies and interdisciplinary approaches. Thus, a Nordic cooperation will represent a strong centre internationally

Gender issues

We will make every effort to include the perspective of gender in the programmes of the network. Early Christian Studies is one of the areas in the humanities where feminist and gender studies have had most influence, this is true both of the research that is done, as well as the number of women in academic positions. There are many women among the PhD-students in this are in the Nordic countries, but unfortunately few senior scholars. We will therefore especially encourage and support the invitation of women scholars to network seminars.

Published Jan. 6, 2010 12:56 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2010 7:06 PM