Program for the conference

Program for the International conference: Gateway to Heaven? The Jerusalem Code in Scandinavia, ca 1000-1948

Tuesday December 4

Venue: MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Gydas vei 4, Auditorium 1

09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration

09:30 Welcome by Vidar Haanes, President MF. Practical information

Tracing the Jerusalem Code through the Second Millennium

Kristin B. Aavitsland (Oslo)
Eivor Andersen Oftestad (Oslo)
Ragnhild J. Zorgati (Oslo)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30  Keynote lecture 1:
The Geometry of Creativity: Jerusalem as a Visionary Tool
Mary Carruthers (New York/Oxford)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30 Session 1: Jerusalem as a rhetorical model in Scandinavian culture
Jerusalem Commonplaces and Church Architecture in Medieval Denmark
Line M. Bonde (Oslo)                        

The Limits of Representation: The New Jerusalem and the Reformation
Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen (Copenhagen)

A Celestial Homecoming. Jerusalem as an Image of Security in the Poetry of Viktor Rydberg
Andreas Hedberg (Uppsala)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break, foyer exhibition: Elisabeth Andersen (Oslo) 

15:30 Session 2: Translatio templi – Legitimation of Religious Authority                                                       
From Templum domini to Qubbat al-Sakhrah: physical and symbolic appropriation of Mount Moriah, 692-1187
John Tolan (Nantes)

A Northern Reflection: Connecting St Olav, Nidaros and the Holy Land 1153 – 1200
Øystein Ekroll (Trondheim)

Translating Jerusalem to Rome through the legendary figure of the Empress Helena, ca. 1450-1650
Marianne Ritsema van Eck (Leiden)

The Image of Jerusalem Destroyed: Deceptions and Scandals in Early Modern Controversies on the Apocalypse
Marius T. Mjaaland (Oslo)

18:00 Reception and buffet dinner

Wednesday December 5

Venue: University of Oslo, Karl Johans gate 47, Professorboligen

09:00 Keynote lecture 2:
Apocalyptic Visions and Chiliastic Highways. Some Future Jerusalems of Early Modern Europe
Walter Sparn (Erlangen)

10:00 Coffee break

10:30 Session 3: Defining the Storyworld: Holy Peoples Writing History
Zion in the North: Liturgy, History, and State Building in Late Medieval Uppsala
Biörn Tjällén (Sundsvall)

The Jerusalem Code and the Rhetoric of Nationhood in Early Modern Sweden
Nils Ekedahl (Stockholm)

Traces of Biblical thinking in Ludvig Holberg’s historiography
Inga H. Undheim (Bergen)

12:00 Lunch break

12:30 Visit to the medieval collection at the University Museum of Cultural History

13:30 Session 4: Mapping the Storyworld: Perceptions of Jerusalem and the Holy Land

Placing Jerusalem. Voice and Perspective in William of Tyre’s description of the city (c. 1180)
Lars Boje Mortensen (Odense)

An Ancient Present: The Early Modern Landscape of the Holy Land
Erling Sandmo (Oslo)

Impossible Jerusalem: Symptoms of Secular Modernity in an Early Twentieth-Century Arabic Novel
Rana Hishem Issa (Beirut)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30 Session 5: Configuring the Storyworld: Visitors and Inhabitants of the Holy Land

Polemic and Irenic Encounters in Late Medieval Jerusalem
Valentina Covaci (Bucharest)

From Stockholm to Jerusalem. Mission, Welfare and Local Encounters in the Holy Land, 1922-1948
Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Volda)

Selma Lagerlöf’s Jerusalemites in Silent Movies
Anna Nordlund (Uppsala)

19:30 Conference dinner

Thursday December 6

Venue: National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110

09:00 Key note lecture 3
Jerusalem at the Intersection of Private and Public Devotion: Early Modern Interpretations of the Psalter
Mette Birkedal Bruun (Copenhagen) 

10:00-10:30 Coffee break with show of material from the collections of the National Library of Norway         

10:30 Session 6: Expectations of Fulfillment in the New Jerusalem

"Nothing Unclean or Common" in the New Jerusalem. Ideas of Impurity in the Pietist Movement of Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771-1824)
Jostein Garcia de Presno (Volda/Oslo)

The Sound of Heavenly Jeruraslem  Joar Haga (Stavanger)

Mini-concert with singer and pianist Solveig Slettahjell

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Session 7: Cultivating the Storyworld: the Fertility of Promised Lands

The Natural History of the Holy Land: sacred roses, trees, and mountains in the Middle Ages
Anthony Bale (London)

Greening the Jerusalem Code in America: Emanuel Swedenborg and Urban Environmental Imaginaries
Devin Zuber (Berkeley)

The Poetry and Politics of the Green Line Project (2004)
Kobi Ben-Meir (Berlin/Jerusalem)

14:30-15:00 Coffee break

15:00 Session 8: A Reconfigured Jerusalem Code? 

The Crusades today: 27 Views in International Comparison
Johannes Meyer-Hamme (Paderborn) & Felix Hinz (Freiburg)

A Postludium of the Jerusalem Code? Condcluding words

16:00 End of conference