Creation and Crisis: Reopening the Scandinavian Creation Theology

Due to the conference having been postponed, it is still possible to sign up and present at the 20th Nordic Conference for Systematic Theology in Aarhus, Denmark.

Conference, Friday 17th June – Sunday 19th June 2022
Aarhus University

Conference fee:
950 DKK

Deadline for short papers: 
May 2 (already accepted proposals remain if presenters participate in the June conference)

Deadline for registration: 
May 16 (if you are already registered and will participate in the June conference, your registration may stand)

Abstract submission:
Title and abstract of 250-300 words should be submitted to Rikke Bjørn Jensen,

Creation theology and Climate change
Creation and Vulnerability
Vulnerability and Climate Justice
A World with Corona – historical, ethical, and epistomological perspectives

Confirmed keynotes:
Niels Henrik Gregersen is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Copenhagen, after having taught 17 years at Aarhus University. Within the field of science-and-theology, he focused on and is well known for developing theories of self-organization and information. Within the field of systematic theology, he developed the concept of Deep Incarnation in the context of a theology of creation. He is the author of seven monographs, three co-authored books, and numerous articles. His work is translated into ten languages.

Simone Kotva is Postdoc in Systematic Theology at the University of Oslo. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the universities of Gothenburg and Cambridge. She works at the intersection of religion, philosophy and geopolitics, and has a special interest in French spiritualism and the relationship between mysticism’s technologies of the self and the science of techno-fixing the earth. She is the author of Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2020) and is currently working on a second monograph, An Enquiry Concerning Nonhuman Understanding: God/s, Species, Crossings.

Panu Pihkala (b. 1979, he/his) is an adjunct professor of environmental theology (Title of Docent) at the University of Helsinki. He is currently known as a leading expert in interdisciplinary eco-anxiety research. In 2021, Pihkala was the third author in the research article “Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: a global survey”, which gained worldwide attention. Pihkala is the author of several books and he has received many awards in Finland for his work with eco-anxiety.

For further information, please contact the planning committee:

Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen, University of Aarhus (chairperson)

Christine Svinth-Værge Põder, University of Copenhagen:

Anni Maria Laato, Åbo Akademi University:

Marius Timmann Mjaaland, University of Oslo:

Petra Carlsson, Stockholm School of Theology:

Sólveig Anna Bóasdóttir, University of Iceland:

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Religion in Praxis: On Ukraine with Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

25 March 2022. In the framework of the Religion in Praxis podcast special series on Ukraine, Tornike Metrevelli will be hosting prominent political scientist Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. They will delve deeper into the politics of immigration, the question of the Russian Orthodox church, and the international politics of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

The event starts at 16:00 (CET).

Please join the discussion at:


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From Constantine to Putin?
– The Theological Interpretations of the
Relation between Church, State and Society

One day conference in Lund, 26 April, 2022


“The relation between Church and State is the greatest subject in the history of the West” goes a quote by Swiss theologian Emil Brunner. Not only is it a question in the Western church, it could be added, but rather something all of the Christian church has been concerned with.
This year the Patristic Day at Lund University will look at both early and later interpretations of the relation between church and the rest of society. What does it mean, when it says in John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.”? What is at stake in these theological debates? Is it even the same question? Are these debates relevant today?

Students and everyone else interested are invited to participate.

10.15 Welcome

10.30 Andreas Westergren, Docent | Lund University | “The Constantinian Turns: Conflicts about Constantine in Recent Research”

11.00 Simon Schmidt, Ph.D.-student | Lund University | “Eusebius’, Augustine’s and Yoder’s Interpretations of the Constantinian Shift”

11.30 Break

12.00 Katarina Pålsson, Post.doc | Lund University | ”’We are not of this world’ – Jerome about the Ascetic Life in Relation to Church and Society”

12.30 Lunch (can be bought at LUX or SOL building)
14.00 Emil Saggau, Post.doc. | Lund University | “Justinian’s Vision of Empire and Church in Light of the Fifth

Ecumenical Council”
14.30 Bent Flemming Nielsen, Professor Emeritus | University of Copenhagen | “Royal Interference in the Formation

of Denominations during the Reformation – A Case”

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Arne Rasmusson, Professor | University of Gothenburg | “Karl Barth’s Theology of Church, Nation and Peoplehood”

16.00 Davor Džalto, Professor | University College Stockholm | ”Anarchism – Political and Eschatological Perspectives”

16.30 Panel
18.00 Patristic Buffé staff dining room: C212 (open for all; requires separate sign-up on

Price: It is free to participate and does not require a sign-up; except for the evening dinner, which requires a sign-up on and payment at the latest Monday 18th of April.

The event is partially funded by a generous donation from Einar Hansens Forskningsfond.

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His­tor­ical, Philo­soph­ical and Theo­lo­gical Per­spect­ives on Polit­ical Vi­ol­ence conference

Hybrid conference, University of Helsinki, March 31-April 2, 2022

The His­tor­ical, Philo­soph­ical and Theo­lo­gical Per­spect­ives on Polit­ical Vi­ol­ence conference will be or­gan­ized on March 31 – April 2 2022 by the Academy of Fin­land Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence EuroSt­orie (Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences, University of Helsinki) in co­oper­a­tion with the Fac­ulty of Theo­logy (University of Helsinki) and the Re­li­gion, Con­flict and Dia­logue Research Cen­ter (Fac­ulty of Theo­logy, University of Helsinki).

If you wish to attend the conference in person, we would kindly ask you to fill out the conference registration form for catering purposes. The registration form can be found here:

The conference is a hybrid one with some presentations in-person (at Unioninkatu 40, Metsätalo, Hall 1) and some virtually over Zoom. The whole conference will be streamed in Zoom. You are welcome to attend the conference in person or virtually – whatever mode of attendance suits you best.


The conference provides a multidisciplinary venue for critical appraisal of the central questions concerning political violence and aggression. The conference’s aim is to scrutinize and delineate the current discussion (academic and non-academic) on political violence by discussing its contemporary forms, character, and modes of justification, especially within the context of the development of the idea of Europe and modern European identity. What is meant by political violence and aggression? When and under which conditions is it justified? Who has the right to exercise it and against whom?

The answers to these questions vary and depend on various factors such as pre-established goals and ends, available resources and possibilities of action, historical and socio-economic context, the ideological, political, and religious-theological background of the actors. Thus, this timely topic will be approached from diverse perspectives: political sciences, history of ideas, philosophy, and theology. In addition to focusing on particular forms of political violence, the conference will pay special attention to (a) how the above questions have been addressed and answered in modern political, philosophical and theological thought, and (b) what kind of ideological currents and historical events lay at the background of such considerations. One important issue is the question of the influence of the experiences and of the political and philosophical and moral ideas arising from the aftermath of the two World Wars in the 20thCentury to the shaping of modern European political identity and conception of political violence and of its limits. The post-War era is in important ways characterized, for instance, by an ongoing intellectual and political negotiation between the practice of political violence and the liberal human rights-based morality; the proper understanding and scrutinizing of which requires multiple perspectives.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale University). Professor Moyn is a leading scholar of the intellectual history of human rights and European intellectual history.


(may be subject to changes)

Thursday, March 31

10.45   Opening and Welcome

11.00–12.30  Paper Session 1

Chair: Kaius Tuori

Saarinen, Risto (University of Helsinki): Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Recognition as Modern Concepts of Conflict Resolution

Segev, Mor (University of South Florida): Aristotle and His Followers on Political Religious Persecution

Tognocchi, Martino (University of Milan): Between Intimacy and Abyss Irrepresentability: Civil War and the Concept of Enemy in Early-Modern Political Theory

14.00–15.30   Paper Session 2

Chair: Pamela Slotte

Sandelin, Marianne (University of Helsinki): A Conservative Justification for the Political Violence of the French Revolution?

Suuronen, Ville (University of Helsinki): Spinoza as an Aberration: Violence, Death and Sovereignty in Twentieth Century Political Theory”

Pankakoski, Timo (University of Helsinki): Another Language: The Relationship Between War and Politics in Ernst Jünger’s Early Political Writings (Virtual Presentation)

15.30–16.00 Coffee break

16.00–17.30   Paper Session 3

Chair: Tuukka Brunila

Zackariasson, Ulf (Uppsala University): Absoluteness Without Metaphysical Absolutes: Pragmatist and Phenomenological Perspectives on the Bonds Between Religion and Violence

Goldman, Aaron James (Lund University): Faith, Violence, and Exceptions (To Exceptions) In Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

Sawczyński, Piotr (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow): Exceptional Violence: Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and the Messianic Critique of Sovereignty

18.00    Conference reception

Friday, April 1

09.30–11.00 Paper Session 4

Chair: Olli-Pekka Vainio

Nyirkos, Tamás (University of Public Service, Budapest): Fratelli Tutti and the Just War Tradition: Lists vs. Theory        

Grigoriadis, Konstantinos (University of York): Can a Revolution Be Successful Without Political Violence? Benjamin Constant’s Account of Legitimacy          

Puumala, Laura (University of Turku): Sustainability, Just War and Just Peace (Virtual Presentation)                                      

11.00–11.30   Coffee break

11.30–13.00  Keynote

Chair: Panu-Matti Pöykkö

Samuel Moyn (Yale University): Leo Tolstoy’s Critique of Humane War                              

14.30–16.00   Paper Session 5

Chair: Timo Miettinen

Scheuerman, William E. (Indiana University): Goodbye to Nonviolence? (Virtual Presentation)

Tuori, Kaius (University of Helsinki): Totalitarian Violence and the Rise of Human Dignity

Pupo, Spartaco (University of Calabria): Nonviolent Political Scepticism in the First Half of the European Twentieth Century: Russell, Popper, and Oakeshott (Virtual Presentation)                                  

16.15–17.45     Paper Session 6

Chair: Marianne Sandelin

Livingston, Steven (The George Washington University): The Role of Christian Nationalism in Nancy Bermeo’s Notion of “Distancing Failure”

Vainio, Olli-Pekka (University of Helsinki): On (Not) Breaking the Wheel of Violence: The Case of Herbert Marcuse

Rakhmanin, Aleksei (University of Helsinki): Albert Camus’ Political Antitheodicy                                

Saturday, April 2

12.30–13.30   Paper Session 7

Chair: Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen

Kasa, Tuija (University of Helsinki): Human Rights Education and Political Violence: Addressing Dehumanization and Social Injustices in the Context of Human Rights Education 

Tacik, Przemysław (Jagiellonian University in Kraków): Violence in Self-Determination Conflicts: Exploring the Zone of Exception in International Law and Human Rights

13.30–14.00 Coffee Break

14.00–15.00 Paper Session 8

Chair: Panu-Matti Pöykkö

Tammi, Iida-Maria (University of Helsinki): Humanitarian Security in Armed Conflict: How Law Is Used to Legitimate Political Violence Against Aid Workers in Syria (Virtual Presentation)

Barker, Chris (The American University in Cairo): Political Violence in British India (Virtual Presentation)

15.00            Conclusion

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