Public presentation of the programme

Retracing connections programme had a public launching event on September 28, 2020 at the Humanities theater of Uppsala University. Ingela Nilsson presented the programme’s structure and members. Miriam Hjälm spoke about miraculous births, merciful caliphs and audacious monks in Arabic and Greek storyworlds. Myrto Veikou introduced the audience with spatial storytelling and the Byzantine-Arabic frontier epics. Milan Vukašinović shared some suggestions on how to deal with déjà-vus in medieval literature and Christian Høgel announced exciting plans for the years to come.

Zoom presentation of the programme

Instead of letting the extraordinary circumstances of the global pandemic hinder our work and isolate us in our homes, the members of the Retracing connections programme want to reach out, bring colleagues closer and inspire discussion.
Join us on Friday, October 23 at 13.15 CET on zoom to meet our team members and hear about the programme! Help us connect the first dots of premodern transcultural storytelling from different corners of the world.
Short presentations of the programme by
Ingela Nilsson, Marijana Vuković, Uffe Holmsgaard Eriksen, Sandro Nikolaishvili and Christian Høgel
will be followed by a discussion where you can ask questions to all of our team members. The discussion will be moderated by
Milan Vukašinović and Myrto Veikou.
See the invitation and write to retracingconnectionsbs@gmail.com if you wish to receive the link for the presentation.

Sandro Nikolaishvili in a radio program on Queen Tamar

Our colleague Sandro Nikolaishvili from the Center for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark helped shed light on the life of Queen Tamar of Georgia (1160-1230) and some of the stories surrounding her rule. Dive into the world of revolutionary political decisions, choosing husbands, disobedient aristocracy, taming lion cubs and wearing panther skins!

Call for applications – Funded PhD position at Uppsala University

Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology offers a four-year fully funded PhD position in Greek and Byzantine Studies, primarilly to candidates interested in joining the work of the Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c. 950–c. 1100) research programme.


Deadline: September 24, 2020
Starting date: January 1, 2021
Details and requirements here.
Email for more information.

First Retracing Connections Online Workshop, Autumn 2020

Mapping the Byzantine Storyworlds is the first Retracing Connections Workshop, to be held online on September 28-29 & October 2, 2020. The program members will unwrap the concept of storyworlds and discuss the Life of Saint Theodore of Edessa, the pillar narrative of the programme. The guest speaker will be Karin Kukkonen from the University of Oslo. See the program of the Workshop.