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Elisa Uusimäki, the PI of the project, works on the literary and cultural history of Judaism in antiquity. Prior to her appointment at Aarhus, Uusimäki studied and conducted research in Helsinki, Manchester, Yale, Jerusalem, and Groningen. Her areas of expertise include wisdom and ethics, lived ancient religion, travel and cultural interaction, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Hellenistic Judaism. Currently, Uusimäki works on several aspects of movement in the ancient world, including women’s (in)voluntary journeys, (im)mobility caused by plagues, and travel-related anxieties.

The building of the research team is under way. Anat Shapiro, a PhD student from Tel Aviv, joined the project in September 2021 and is currently writing a dissertation on the freedom of movement in the light of the book of Jonah. Lasse Løvlund Toft joined the project as a postdoctoral researcher in April 2022 and conducts research on the reworking of biblical travel accounts with a focus on the book of Jubilees. The recruitment of additional postdoctoral researchers is ongoing. Please stay tuned as regards the composition of the research team!

Elisa Uusimäki

Associate Professor School of Culture and Society - Biblical Studies, subject