Next conference will be held in 22–24 March 2023

Parables as Persuasive Narratives (East Meets West 2)

Parables as Persuasive Narratives -conference will be held in 22–24 March 2023, in Joensuu, Finland. The conference focuses on the synoptic parables in their literary narrative context while engaging other interrelated matters.

Our keynote speakers include some of today’s most innovative parable scholars:

  • Prof. Ruben Zimmermann, University of Mainz
  • Prof. Ernst van Eck, University of Pretoria
  • Associate Professor Eric Ottenheijm, Utrecht University
  • Prof. Lauri Thurén, University of Eastern Finland

We warmly welcome papers for the conference. The deadline for submission is September 7, 2022. See further Call for Papers.

The conference ends with an excursion to the Valamo Monastery on Friday, March 24:

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