Masterclass with Stephen Greenblatt: Origin Stories

Publisert 14.03.2016
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
Christie Café
Practical information: 
The event is free and open to the public.
Five Nordic PhD candidates have been selected to partake in an exclusive Masterclass with Holberg Laureate Stephen Greenblatt.

The topic of conversation is “Origin Stories.” Why have humans needed to construct accounts of our earliest beginnings—accounts that are inescapably speculative—and what is at stake in different versions? How do products of the imagination take on the substance of reality, and what work do they do for us?


Mark Friis Hau, University of Aarhus
Panu Heimonen, University of Helsinki
Yoav Tirosh, University of Iceland
Carlos Hernández Garcés, University of Oslo
Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Umeå University

The discussion will be in English.

Read more about the panelists here.


  • Genesis, The Bible, Chapters 1-3
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh (recommended translation: 2005, by Benjamin R. Foster) 
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)
  • Paul Ricoeur, The Symbolism of Evil, 1960 (Part II: Introduction: “The ‘Myths' of the Beginning and of the End”; and Chapter 3 “The ‘Adamic’ Myth and the ‘Eschatological’ Vision of History”)