"Fiction and Authority"

A seminar for PhD students within the fields of Humanities, Theology, and Law. The seminar is in Athens, free of charge, and travel expenses will be covered. 

How to participate


Fictional texts, such as novels and short stories, based on their authors’ imagination, often acquire authoritative status and influence equal to that of nonfictional texts. The lectures at this seminar will focus on the authoritative aspects of fiction, the often fuzzy boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, and various forms of blending between the two.

Aspects that will be discussed include questions of why and how fictional texts can obtain various forms of authoritative status, fictionality as a communicative strategy, pseudo-documentary fiction, fiction presented as nonfiction, fiction as deception, and the relationship between fiction and religion.

Lecturers include Richard Walsh (University of York), Anders Klostergaard Petersen (University of Aarhus), J. Gregory Given (University of Virginia), and Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo).

As in all ATTR seminars participants will also discuss their ongoing doctoral dissertation work with each other.

ProgramAthens, Akropolis: Guided ATTR tour

Practical information

  • The application deadline is January 31, 2019.
  • The seminar will take place at the Norwegian Institute at Athens 
  • The seminar equals 5 ECTS
  • The seminar is free of charge and most of your expenses (flight tickets, hotel, most meals) will be covered
  • Registration is binding, provided that you are admitted. 
  • Before the application deadline, make sure that you have uploaded all necessary attachments:

Research seminars with

Jorunn ØklandJorunn Økland (Director of the Norwegian Institute in Athens) 

“Truth is a Function of Narrative Shape: Why Acts is the greater authority on the life of Paul than Paul’s own writings”




Richard Walsh (University of York)Richard Walch

“Consequent Authority: Fiction and Authorship”




anders klostergaard pedersenAnders Klostergaard Petersen (University of Aarhus)






Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo)

“Apocryphal Texts as Authoritative Fiction”




Greg GivenJ. Gregory Given (University of Virginia)




More lecturers, titles and abstracts TBA.

PhD seminars

Seminar guide (.pdf) 

Central to all ATTR seminars and summer schools are the PhD fellows’ own presentations of papers based on their dissertation work, with prepared responses by other PhD fellows. 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of ATTR, the focus of the discussions will be primarily on methodological matters and interdisciplinary insights.

The PhD seminars are important means to the ATTR learning goals:

  • Writing and presentation skills: The seminars aim not only at providing a setting for constructive discussions relating to thesis work, but also at preparing the candidates for life after their dissertations. ATTR thus aims to hone students’ presentation and writing skills, skills that may be useful for development of research projects for which funding can be sought from, e.g., ERC and RCN.
  • Methodology: The objective of ATTR is to create a venue where interpretive methodologies can be critically discussed, evaluated, and developed, so as to broaden the candidates’ perspectives and heighten the quality of their analyses.
  • Networking: In all its activities, the creation of an interdisciplinary network of young scholars in order to ensure the highest possible academic quality of PhD education is a central goal of ATTR.


Please contact the ATTR Head of Administration / Leonora O. Bergsjø.

Published June 18, 2019 10:01 AM - Last modified Jan. 22, 2020 1:03 PM