image of Monday Meeting SFB 1475 – 16.05.2022

Monday Meeting SFB 1475 – 16.05.2022

CERES Palais, room "Ruhrpott" (4.13)

Dr. Gina Derhard-Lesieu: Rising from the Waves: Konversionsmetaphern in der lateinischen Spätantike.

Hybrid event

Please contact the CRC coordination team if you would like to attend in-person.

The presentation will be held in German.



My project is about metaphors of conversion in Latin Late Antiquity (mid-3rd to mid-6th century AD). It understands 'conversion' as the religiously interpreted process of holistic reorientation („religiös gedeuteter Prozess ganzheitlicher Umorientierung“, Bischofberger [1998] 1228) of an individual, which is expressed in conversion to another conception of god(s) (e.g. Paganism, Manichaeism, Christianity, New Platonism), an interreligious grouping (e.g. Valentinianism, Gnosticism, Montanism), a (more radical) religious way of life such as (desert) asceticism or consecration to virginity, or a change of life brought about by repentance. Metaphors are thereby examined as elementary components of the linguistic toolkit for communicating ideas of conversion. In this presentation, I will share some of my current reflections: I will single out two source domains, seafaring and childbirth, and offer reflections on their literary use. These examples will lead to some broader questions regarding theoretical and methodological issues in historical metaphor theory.

Affiliated Persons

Photograph of Maren Jordan M.A.

Maren Jordan M.A.


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 3.08
+49 234 32-21982
Photograph of Dr. Gina Derhard-Lesieur

Dr. Gina Derhard-Lesieur


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 2.11
+49 234 32-24794