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Henrik Johnsén

Henrik Johnsén

Universitetslektor

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Arbetar vid Institutionen för etnologi religionshistoria och genusvetenskap (ERG)
E-post henrik.johnsen@rel.su.se
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 E, plan 7
Rum E 724
Postadress 106 91 Stockholm 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Jag är forskare och universitetslektor vid Stockholms universitet. Min forskning är inriktad mot kristendom, och då främst det tidiga klosterväsendet och dess relation till senantik grekisk-romersk filosofi och litterär kultur, men även syrisk ortodox kristendom i Sverige idag. Min avhandling behandlar litterära frågeställningar och frågor om traditionsförändring i Johannes Klimakos Den gudomliga stegen, en tidigbysantinsk monastisk text. Min forskning kring det tidiga klosterväsende och senantik filosofi var en del av sjuårigt projekt ”Det tidiga klosterväsendet och den antika bildningen”, finansierat av Riksbankens jubileumsfond.

Sedan 2018 arbetar jag som forskare inom forskningsprojektet “Integration och tradition: framväxten av en Syrisk-ortodox kyrka i Sverige”, finansierat av Vetenskapsrådet, men även i ett mindre forskningsprojekt om sentenslitteratur och litterär kultur i tidigbysantinsk klostertradition. 

2017-2018 Skandinavisk gästprofessor, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
2017 Gästforskare, Yale University
2009-2016 Post-doc, ”Det tidiga klosterväsendet och den antika bildningen”, Lunds universitet
 

Publikationer

I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2020. Susan Ashbrook Harvey (et al.).

    Wisdom on the Move explores the complexity and flexibility of wisdom traditions in Late Antiquity and beyond. This book studies how sayings, maxims and expressions of spiritual insight travelled across linguistic and cultural borders, between different religions and milieus, and how this multicultural process reshaped these sayings and anecdotes. Wisdom on the Move takes the reader on a journey through late antique religious traditions, from manuscript fragments and folios via the monastic cradle of Egypt, across linguistic and cultural barriers, through Jewish and Biblical wisdom, monastic sayings, and Muslim interpretations. Particular attention is paid to the monastic Apophthegmata Patrum, arguably the most important genre of wisdom literature in the early Christian world.

  • 2020. Henrik Rydell Johnsén, Thomas Arentzen, Andreas Westergren. Wisdom on the Move: Late Antique Traditions in Multicultural Conversation, 1-10
  • 2018. Henrik Johnsén. Teachers in Late Antique Christianity
  • 2018. Henrik Johnsén. Studi medievali (1928)

    It is well known that monasticism was crucial to the development of repentance in early Christianity. With monasticism followed a renewal of the earlier practice with great importance for later Christian traditions. But were these changes just an internal development of earlier Christian teaching adjusted to new circumstances? Or were there also new impulses from external sources? In this paper, the teaching on repentance and confession in the Institutes and the Conferences by John Cassian (d. 435) and the Apophthegmata Patrum (from 5th/6th century), is compared with teachings related to the tendency towards the “care of the self” in late antique philosophy. In contrast to scholars who often have underscored the difference between the two traditions, this essay argues that the new monastic contribution to the earlier Christian practice of repentance can to a large extent be explained as adaptions of well-known practices or “technologies of the self” within late antique philosophy. Clement of Alexandria and Origen seems to have been crucial pioneers in this adaption, but traditions of philosophy were also filtered directly into the monastic tradition independently from these earlier Christian authors. 

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Senast uppdaterad: 2 juni 2020

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