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: