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Insular Studies Seminar

1 Oct 2011

Insular Studies Seminar

The first of this year’s Insular Studies Seminars will be given by Dr Katja Ritari, Department of Comparative Religion, University of Helsinki. Titled ‘Themes in the Irish eschatological tale “The two deaths”’, the seminar will take place next Tuesday 4 October, 5.15 pm, in room 301, Brookfield Health Sciences Building, College Road, a very short walk from the main campus.

The short eschatological tale known as ‘The two deaths’ tells the story of the death of a sinner and of a righteous man. It has been discussed by a handful of scholars since the early twentieth century. St John D. Seymour traced its origins to the collections of the sayings of the desert fathers known by their Latin name as De vitis patrum. The Irish story contains the theme of ‘The three utterances’ also found in various homilies in Latin and Old English. The different themes, earlier research, as well as the origins of this tale will be discussed in this paper.

It will be a pleasure to welcome back Dr Ritari who was awarded her PhD in 2004 for research conducted in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC. Since then she has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki. Her main fields of research are early Irish hagiography, eschatology and monastic spirituality.

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