Thomas Arentzen

researcher at Department of Linguistics and Philology

+4618-471 1338
Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3H

Postal address:
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Leader of the research project Beyond the Garden: An Ecocritical Approach to Early Byzantine Christianity (funded by the Swedish Research Council). PhD and Docent in Church History from Lund University. Article editor of the journal Patristica Nordica Annuaria.

Keywords: ecocriticism byzantine christianity hymnography byzantine ecology trees hagiography

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My courses


  • Reader, Lund University 2018
  • Ph.D., Lund University 2014
  • Cand.philol., Universitety of Oslo 2005
  • Cand.mag., Universitety of Oslo 2001

I defended my doctoral thesis at Lund University in 2014. From 2015 to 2019 I conducted the research project Bodies in Motion: Religion and Corporeality in Late Antiquity at the University of Oslo and spent spring term 2016 as visiting scholar at Brown University. In 2018 I became Reader (docent) in Church History in Lund. The academic year of 2018-19, I worked as Research Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.


My research interests include Byzantine Christianity and ecology. More generally, I have explored popular piety and literary expressions of Christian faith. My monograph The Virgin in Song studies representations of the Virgin Mary in late ancient poetry. I recently edited a volume called The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium.

"Trees That Heal and Fly" - Interview with Thomas Arentzen, Dumbarton Oaks

Tasks and memberships

  • Member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the European Association for Studies of Literature, Culture and the Environment
  • Member of l’Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (AIEP/IAPS)'s council
  • Member of Collegium Patristicum Lundense's board
  • Member of Society of Oriental Liturgy
  • Member of the Research Collegium, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul
  • Article-editor of Patristica Nordica Annuaria

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