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The EuARe Executive Committee is a key body in EuARe governance. The EuARe President, the Executive Vice-President, the Secretary-General, and the Treasurer are elected among its members. The EC organizes the activity of the EuARe and manages its affairs under the terms of the EuARe statute. It is composed of nine members who, except for the President, shall serve a term of four years and can be re-elected for one more term only.



The President is responsible for the general supervision and direction of the Academy, including strategic planning, supervising the daily operations of the Academy, the organization of the annual conference, and overseeing the contracts such as those with conference hosts and venues and with publishers of the Academy’s publications. The President has the representation and signature of the Association before third parties and in court, with the right to also appoint attorneys and representatives for negotiations and disputes. In the event of his/her absence, the Vice-President will act as an alternate.


In the absence of the President, the Vice-President is responsible for the President's tasks.


The Secretary-General is responsible for preparing the meetings of the Assembly of Members and the Executive Committee and for taking and maintaining the minutes of these meetings. He or she is responsible for communicating the Academy’s activities and reports annually on the Academy’s programs, activities, and membership.


The Treasurer is responsible for the funds of the Academy, as well as their accurate accounting. He or she is responsible for an up-to-date list of members and for sending members reminders to pay their dues. The Treasurer proposes an annual budget to the Executive Committee and reports about it during the Assembly of Members. 


Herman Selderhuis (Theological University Apeldoorn)

EuARe President


Herman Johan Selderhuis (born 21 May 1961 in Enschede, the Netherlands) studied Theology from 1981 at the Theological University Apeldoorn. From 1987 to 1997 he served as Pastor of the Christian Reformed Churches. He received his doctorate on January 21, 1994, and started teaching at the Theological University Apeldoorn (TUA) on January 23, 1997, as a Professor of Church History and Church Law. In addition, he is, among other functions, Director of the Refo500 Foundation, President of the Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC), Editor-in-chief of four international, academic book series, Board Member of several international academic organizations and Advisor for various European research projects. Selderhuis is an expert on the Theology and History of the Reformation and on Protestant Church Law. In both areas, he has published several books and a multitude of articles.


Hans-Peter Grosshans (WWU Münster)

EuARe Vice-President


Hans-Peter Grosshans is Full Professor (chair) of Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology and Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster (WWU Münster) in Germany. He is an active member of many national and international academic societies. In 2020-21 he was President of the European Academy of Religion (EuARe); he is President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Religionsphilosophie and one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion (ESPR); he is a member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (AIPS) and Member of the Executive Board of the Inter University Center (IUC) in Dubrovnik (Croatia). He is a Permanent Honorary Guest-Professor at Zhejiang-University in Hangzhou (PR China).


Karla Boersma (Theological University Apeldoorn)

EuARe Secretary General


Karla Boersma is Operational Director of REFORC, the Reformation Research Consortium, dealing with Early Modern Christianity. She was also involved in several Horizon 2020 funded projects that aim to establish a European research infrastructure for Religious Studies (ReIReS 2018-2021, RESILIENCE Design Phase 2019-2021). Currently, she is the Communications Officer for the RESILIENCE Preparatory Phase project (2022-2026). She has been involved in the European Academy of Religion since the very beginning, and, starting in 2018, is an Executive Committee member.


Francesca Cadeddu (FSCIRE)

EuARe Treasurer


Francesca Cadeddu is Affiliated Researcher at FSCIRE – Fondazione per le scienze religiose since 2011 and a Researcher in Contemporary History at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia since 2020. She studies Religious Pluralism and Religious Illiteracy in Italy and Europe. President of the European Academy of Religion (2021-2022), in 2022 was nominated Executive Director of RESILIENCE – European research infrastructure on religious studies.


Jocelyne Cesari (University of Birmingham)

EuARe EC Member


Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; at Georgetown University she is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Since 2018, she has been the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. President-elect of the European Academy of Religion (2018-19), her work on religion and politics has garnered recognition and awards: 2020 Distinguished Scholar of the religion section of the International Studies Association, Distinguished Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs and the Royal Society for Arts in the United Kingdom. 


Alessandro Ferrari (Insubria University)

EuARe EC Member


Alessandro Ferrari is Professor of State Laws and Religions and Comparative Law of Religions at the University of Insubria (Varese and Como) and is Director of REDESM. He is Associated Member of GSRL, the CNRS Research Group Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (Paris) and of the Unité Mixte de Recherche Droit, Religion, Entreprise et Société of the Strasbourg University and CNRS. He is part of the steering committees of ICLARS and of the network PLURIEL. Since 2010 he has been a member of the different Councils for relations with Islam established at the Italian Home Ministry. His research interests focus on the legal status of Muslims in Europe, the transformation of European secularism and religious freedom across the two Mediterranean shores. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program of the Harvard Law School (2019), invited Directeur d’Études at the École Pratiques des Hautes Études – Paris (2018) and Roberta Buffett Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (2014).


Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies)

EuARe EC Member


Pantelis Kalaitzidis is an internationally well-known Orthodox Christian theologian, very much involved in Ecumenical and Interreligious dialogue, with a rich record of publications in the areas of the dialogue between Orthodoxy and modernity, religious nationalism and fundamentalism, Political theology, Curricula of Religious Literacy in Pluralistic Societies, and more. Director of the Volos Academy, Research Fellow in American and European Universities, Co-Chairman of St Athanasius Lutheran-Orthodox Theological Fellowship, Member of the Steering Committee of the Pro Oriente for Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue, Co-Chair of the Political Theology group of IOTA, Editor of the series Doxa & Praxis/WCC Publications, Member of the Advisory Board of Orthodox and Ecumenical journals, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Religion (EuARe), Dr. Kalaitzidis is well-known for his efforts toward an inclusive approach to religious phenomenon which is both respectful of the respective religious traditions, and the neutrality and the pluralistic character of the public sphere.


Peter Petkoff (Brunel Law School)

EuARe EC Member


Peter Petkoff is a Senior Law Lecturer at the Brunel Law School. He is also Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, a collaborative international research network at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is Legal Consultant on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression for the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and has been a TEPSA consultant of the European Parliament as well as a consultant for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief at the House of Lords. Peter is involved in cutting edge research on the relationship between religion and politics and law and religion. In his capacity as Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, he brings together lawyers, theologians, philosophers, social and political scientists and aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary strategies for studying law, religion and international relations from legal and theological perspectives.


Kristina Stoeckl (Luiss Guido Carli, Roma)

EuARe EC Member


Kristina Stoeckl is a member of the EuARe Executive Committee since 2022. Full Professor of Sociology at Luiss Guido Carli, Rome, she holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence (2007). Before joining Luiss, she was professor of sociology at the University of Innsbruck from 2015 until 2023, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2009-2012) and APART Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the University of Vienna (2012-2015). Her research areas are sociology of religion and political sociology with a focus on politics and religion, state-religion relations in Russia, norm and anti-gender mobilizations and transnational religious actors. She has published The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights (2014) and Moralist International. Russia in the Global Culture Wars (with Dmitry Uzlaner, 2022) as well as numerous journal articles in Religion, State and Society, Global Networks, Journal of Contemporary Religion and others.

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