With the choice of this topic we wish to highlight the powerful effect religion has on public and personal life and that this effect relates to all fields of life such as fashion, politics, art, leisure, art, ethics and science. The relation between power and religion tends to be seen merely negatively, yet history and the present demonstrate also how religion can positively have a powerful effect on individuals and societies.

Herman Selderhuis, President of the European Academy of Religion

Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn

Scott Appleby (Notre Dame University)

Keynote Lecturer 2020

Scott Appleby (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985) is the Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.
A professor of history at Notre Dame, he is a scholar of global religion who has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1978 and received masters and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Chicago. From 2000-2014, he served as the Regan Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Appleby co-directs, with Ebrahim Moosa and Atalia Omer, Contending Modernities, a major multi-year project to examine the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and secular forces in the modern world.
Appleby is the author or editor of 15 books, including the widely cited volumes of The Fundamentalism Project (co-edited with Martin E. Marty and published by the University of Chicago Press); and The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation. Most recently, Appleby co-edited (with Atalia Omer) The Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He also serves as lead editor of the Oxford University Press series “Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding.” Other Appleby titles include Catholics in the American Century (Cornell University Press, 2012); Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics and Praxis (Orbis, 2010) and Church and Age Unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism (Notre Dame 1992).
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Appleby is the recipient of four honorary doctorates, from Fordham University, Scranton University, St. John’s University (Collegeville, Minnesota), and Saint Xavier University, Chicago.

Cyril Hovorun (Loyola Marymount University, Huffington Ecumenical Institute)

Keynote Lecturer 2020

Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun is an Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute.

A graduate of the Theological Academy in Kyiv and National University in Athens, he accomplished his doctoral studies at Durham University. He was a Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, First Deputy Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church, and later a Research Fellow at Yale and Columbia Universities.
Among the books that he has published are Political Orthodoxies: The Unorthodoxies of the Church Coerced (Minneapolis, Fortress, 2018); Scaffolds of the Church: Towards Poststructural Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR, Cascade, 2017); Meta-Ecclesiology, Chronicles on Church Awareness (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Will, Action and Freedom. Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century (Leiden - Boston, Brill, 2008).

Ziba Mir-Hosseini (Free-lance academic)

Keynote Lecturer 2020

Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and Islamic feminism, and a founding member of the Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.

She has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships (most recently at NYU Law School); currently she is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, SOAS, University of London.

She has published books on Islamic family law in Iran and Morocco, Iranian clerical discourses on gender, Islamic reformist thinkers, and the revival of zina laws, and most recently the co-edited Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law (2013) and Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition (2015). She co-directed two award-winning feature-length documentary films on Iran: Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Runaway (2001).

She received the American Academy of Religion’s 2015 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

Susanne Schröter (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

Keynote Lecturer 2020

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter is Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Goethe University Frankfurt and Director of the Frankfurt Research Center on Global Islam.

She previously taught at Yale University, the Universities of Mainz and Trier and held the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau. She regularly advises political institutions and civil society organisations on questions of extremism prevention, integration and the politics of Islam. At Frankfurt Susanne Schröter leads a long-term project on the transformation of normative orders in the Islamic world. 
Her publications include: Christianity in Indonesia. Perspectives of power, Berlin 2010; Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia. Women’s rights movements, religious resurgence and local traditions, Leiden 2013; and Islamic feminism. National and transnational dimensions, in: Cesari, Jocelyne/José Casanova eds., Islam, gender and democracy, Oxford 2017, pp.115-138.
In German language recently appeared her books: Gott näher als der eigenen Halsschlagader. Fromme Muslime in Deutschland (God closer than your own carotid artery. Pious Muslims in Germany, Frankfurt 2016; Normenkonflikte in pluralistischen Gesellschaften (Norm conflicts in pluralistic societies), Frankfurt 2017; and Politischer Islam. Stresstest für Deutschland (Political Islam. Stress test for Germany), Gütersloh 2019.

Kristina Stoeckl (Universität Innsbruck)

Keynote Lecturer 2020

Kristina Stoeckl is a Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Innsbruck and principal investigator of the European Research Council funded project “Postsecular Conflicts” (2016-2021).

She holds a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence) and in the past has held research and teaching positions at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Vienna, the Central European University, the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Institute for Human Sciences IWM (Vienna).

Her research areas are sociology of religion and social and political theory, with a focus on Orthodox Christianity, religion-state relations in Russia and problems of political liberalism and religion.

After her monograph The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights (2014), she is currently working on a book about the role of Russia in the global culture wars.


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