SYMPOSIUM - HYBRID EVENT: Indo-European Afterlife

  • Date: –18:30
  • Location: SCAS, Thunbergssalen, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Michael Janda, Birgit Olsen, Jan Bremmer, Peter Jackson Rova, Anders Kaliff, Laura Massetti, Riccardo Ginevra, Julia Sturm, Anders Jørgensen, Terje Østigård and Martin Schwartz
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Ellen Werner
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This is an event of the research program LAMP – Languages and Myths of Prehistory and the Centre for Studies in Indo-European Language and Culture at Stockholm University, in collaboration with SCAS.

With this symposium, we wish to shed some light on the notion of death and afterlife among
early Indo-European populations. Ritual funeral practices have left obvious traces in the
archaeological record and are described in great detail in several early IE texts. The challenge of this symposium is to identify a possible common background for these notions and practices. Are these parallels merely examples of analogical significance or can we uncover some unique unifying cultural traits? The aim of this symposium is to create an interface between different disciplines gathering data from various sources – archaeological as well as textual – in order to build up a common basic vocabulary of poetic expressions, mythological concepts and ritual activities involving mourning and preparing the diseased for the afterlife.

The symposium will be followed by a reception.
Pre-registration is required for the physical event by 23 March 2023 at the latest.

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