Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I have been employed by Lund University from 1994-2005 as professor in Missiology and Ecumenical Studies, and is presently professor emeritus at LU (Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, CTR). Previously I worked as Ecumenical Lecturer (Lutheran World Federation) at Birmingham University (England) and I have been employed at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.I have also worked for periods as visitingprofessor in Tokyo and Beijing. After retirement I served Fall term as professor in residence at Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem. 2010-11 I worked as visiting scholar at Nanzan University, Nagoya Japan, being connected to Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture. My main objects of research has been inter-religious dialogue, primarily among inter-Abrahamittic faiths and Christian dialogue with Buddhism and Shinto. Presently I am concluding a study of Shinto and I work on a project of Buddhist Christian Dialogue in Japan,Korea and Myanmar.Writings on inter-religious relations.


About the research

My research leading up to the doctorate 1988(Uppsala University)focused on historiography, where I compared Western and Japanese interpretations of Early Protestant history in Japan. Later I have directed most efforts towards issues of inter-religious diaogue. A central effort in that respect has been the project "God in Global Dialogue", financed by Swedish Institute for Humanist Studies, jointly conducted with professor Werner Jeanrond 1997-2005. Presently my research has been connected to Japanese institutions where I 2010-2013 has been a research fellow at Nanzan Institute for religion and Culture. My present project on Buddhist Christian dialogue is moreover related to University of Lund,employment as professor emeritus. The European Network for Buddhist Christian Studies (ENBCS)provides further fora for continued work with inter-religious dialogue. I have recently (2013) carried out research-excursions to Korea, Japan and Myanmar in connection with the policies of ENBCS.
For decades I have been involved in a study of Japanese Shinto. It is an academic study, however, with existential implications. A manuscript on "Shinto and The Other" is in its concluding phase.
Presently living in Southern Norway, I make use of an additionl connection as researcher at the Senior Centre of Agder University. Here I conduct studies in local history of Church and Religion. A contribution in that respect was an inter-Nordic study of regional Church History (Åmli) in 19th century.

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Aasulv Lande

Professor Emeritus
Church and Mission Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

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