The members of the Retracing Connections programme express their deepest condolences to everyone who lost their loved ones in the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, as well as their firmest solidarity with everyone affected by these tragic events. While the rescue efforts continue and the care for the survivors only begins, we feel the responsibility to call upon the academic and international community to give support and show solidarity with all the victims.

The stories that we work on daily have been written, translated or transmitted in the regions that now lie under rubble. We honor this land’s past by keeping its present custodians in mind and by not neglecting their calls for help. We stand with them in mourning the departed and in providing a dignified life to the survivors. We commit to hearing, remembering and diffusing their stories, lest they be muted and forgotten.

We invite the affected friends and colleagues to reach out and ask for our help and support. 

We urge the international community to provide urgent help to those in need!  You can find some organizations to donate to herehere, or here.

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 NilssonMarijana Vuković, Uffe Holmsgaard EriksenSandro 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 if you wish to receive the link for the presentation.


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!

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.

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.