I will be in Helsinki on 8 May 2019 for a workshop on virtue from Qumran to the Quran and beyond.

Papers will cover ancient Jewish, early Christian, Roman, and early Islamic virtue discourses.

Here is the program:

9.15 Welcome
Session 1: Translating Virtue
9.30-11.00 Keynote 1: Sophia Vasalou (Birmingham), Between Scripture and Philosophy: Approaches to the Virtues in the Islamic World
10.15 Response by Ritva Palmén
10.25 Discussion
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.00 Elisa Uusimäki, In Search of Virtue: Ancestral Inheritance in the Testament of Qahat
12.00-12.30 Andrew Crislip, Disgust as a Virtue in Late Antique Egypt: Moral Purity and the Ascetic Good Life
12.30-14.00 Lunch at Sunn (for the speakers)

Session 2: Hope and Despair, Virtue and Action?
14.00-15.30 Keynote 2: Ville Vuolanto (Tampere), Hope as a Virtue, Emotion and Life Strategy? Studying Hope in Late Roman World
14.45 Response by Elina Pyy
14.55 Response by Risto Saarinen
15.05 Discussion
15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Siiri Toiviainen Rø, Joy Before Joy, Gladness Before Gladness: Hope as a Positive Anticipatory Emotion in Philo of Alexandria and Gregory of Nyssa
16.30-17.00 Anna-Liisa Rafael, Competence in the Highest Virtue: The Mother of Seven Sons in Lamentations Rabbah
17.00 Light dinner at HCAS (for registered participants)

You can register here.

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