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.

Registration to the conference is now open, here! Notably, the conference organizers can refund only the expenses of keynote speakers, including traveling, accommodation, and participation fee.

We have added some practical information regarding conference schedule, presentations, traveling, accommodation, etc. Last updated on 18.1.2023.

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

The deadline for paper proposals was September 7, 2022. We have received plenty of high-level submissions and are looking forward to the conference.

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

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