The platform offers regular seminars, workshops and lectures. To sign up for our seminar series, please contact Dr Tornike Metreveli: tornike.metrevelictr.luse

Autumn 2021

Three Populist Online Seminars - Autumn 2021

September 28, 16h15-18h00
Right-wing Populism and Religion - a Case of Banal religion?
— Andreas Mebus, Copenhagen

Meeting ID: 675 7986 2136

October 14, 16h15-18h00
On People in Populism and Religion
— Ervik Cejvan, Lund

NB The previously announced seminar with Marc Boss is postponed due to personal reasons. 

Meeting ID: 675 7986 2136    

November 25, 16h15-18h00
Populist Discourse, Authenticity and Violence
— Patrik Fridlund, Lund

Meeting ID: 675 7986 2136  

These seminars form a series of seminars on populism and Christianity focusing on the theoretical, philosophical and theological aspects of populism. The worldview and the conception of politics — political community, political processes and political decision-making — are typically issues that characterise populist thought. One fundamental conviction is that precisely this kind of questions is necessary to deal with if we want to deepen the dialogue about how society is organised beyond straightforward descriptions and explanations of certain facts. Descriptions and certain facts cannot exclusively account for all the questions society constantly poses, let alone the answers. Both senior and junior scholars, as well as doctoral students and beginners are welcome to the seminars. In order to reach as many as possible, the main language is English, but in the future occasional seminars in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, French or German, are not precluded, if that is appropriate.

Seminar Series on Christianity and Nationalism - Autumn 2021

Time: Tuesdays at 16.15-18.00



7 Sept

‘I Will Shake All Nations’: Theological Perspectives on Nationalism and  Universalism

Since the beginning of Christianity, Christian theology has struggled to articulate the difference of the Christian message and practice in relationship to the universal visions of political communities. With the crisis of representation and the heightened tensions between apparently ‘particularist’ nationalism and ‘abstract’ cosmopolitanism, how can theology formulate anew a universalism that is neither irreducibly particularist nor without place, context, or identity? And how can such an approach shed light on contemporary debates about nationalism?

This seminar is a joint seminar with the online academic network Resonans:

Ragnar Misje Bergem is a postdoctoral fellow in systematic theology at the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society.

Mårten Björk is a postdoctoral researcher in systematic theology at the CTR, Lund University.        

5 Oct

For the life of the World: A Theological Perspective on the Social Ethos Using the Philosophy of Giorgio Agamben

This seminar will discuss the relationship between economy and theology in Giorgio Agamben’s thinking. In particular, it will focus on the image of the empty throne (hetoimasia tou thronou) as a symbol of Glory, and as a the point of contact between theology and politics. The theology of the empty throne allows us to make the transition to a theology that concerns the world (the economic aspect is implicit). According to Agamben, the fracture between the immanent Trinity and the economic Trinity, between theologia and oikonomia finds its true reconciliation in the logic of inoperosità. Finally, this notion of inoperosità is a concept, drawn from theology, which Agamben uses for his political and economic philosophy.

Barbara Hallensleben is Professor of Dogmatics and Theology of Ecumenism and Director of the Study Centre St. Nicholas for the Eastern Churches.

Guido Vergauwen is Professor Emeritus of Fundamental Theology and former Rector of the University of Fribourg.

Stefan Constantinescu is postdoctoral researcher and Co-Director of the Study Centre St. Nicholas for the Eastern Churches.

9 Nov           

Religion and Radical Right-Wing populism in Contemporary American Politics

This seminar will focus on the entanglement of Evangelicalism, conspiracy theories, and radical right-wing populism in contemporary United States politics. The papers will address Trump’s appeal to a particular religious audience, and the interface between Trump’s critique of his political opponents and his audience’s receptivity to certain types of religious language.

Aron Engberg is a lecturer in Mission Studies and Ecumenics and a postdoctoral researcher at CTR. His research concerns the relationship between Evangelical Christianity, language ideology and politics in various contexts.

Aaron Goldman is a postdoctoral researcher at the CTR. His research focuses on the intersection of ethics, theology, and conceptions of critique in Early Modern to Post-Enlightenment European philosophy and religious thought.

7 Dec           

Hate Speech, the Finnish Law, and Christian Conservatives

In current Finnish legislation, ‘excitation against a group of people’ is criminalized. Hate speech against ethnic, sexual, religious, and certain other minorities falls under this category. The seminar brings attention to cases in which religious conservatives are being considered as violating this law. It also aims at discussing the possibility to develop a theoretical scale of less and more harmful hate speech, starting from unfair criticism and vituperation and ending with criminalized variants. While the freedom of speech protects many kinds of morally questionable utterances, it is important to develop a scale that can provide some ethical evaluation of such speech.

Risto Saarinen is Professor of Ecumenics at the University of Helsinki since 2001. He has published extensively on the Reformation, ecumenical theology and history of philosophy, for instance, Recognition and Religion (Oxford 2016), Luther and the Gift (Mohr Siebeck 2017) and On Hope (in Finnish 2020). He received the lifetime award of Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2020. 

The Conversation Series on Christianity, Nationalism and Populism - Autumn 2021

Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine

Conversation with Professor Catherine Wanner

November 23 @ 16:00 (CET)

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Hosted by: Dr. Tornike Metreveli Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR 

Catherine Wanner is a Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research employs ethnographic and archival methods and centers broadly on the politics of religion, secularism, and increasingly on human rights in the former Soviet Union. Her most prominent two books “Burden of Dreams:  History and Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine” (Penn State Press, 1998), a multi-sited ethnographic study of how the nationalist paradigm influenced historiography and cultural politics in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and “Communities of the Converted:  Ukrainians and Global Evangelism” (Cornell University Press, 2007), an analysis of how Soviet-era evangelical religious practices and communities in Ukraine have changed since the collapse of socialism won numerous prestigious prizes. Her most recent monograph is a study of the politics of religion and vernacular religious practices in Ukraine, entitled Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine. 


Studying Lived Religion: Contexts and Practices

Conversation with Professor Nancy T. Ammerman

October 8 @ 19:30 (CET)

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Hosted by: Dr. Tornike Metreveli, Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR

Nancy T Ammerman is one of the most influential sociologists in the study of lived religion. Her most recent research published in her edited 2006 book Everyday Religion Observing Modern Religious Lives (Oxford University Press) and her 2013 book, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes Finding Religion in Everyday Life, (Oxford University Press) explored the
ways religion and spirituality are part of the everyday world of work, home, health, and public life Following on that research, she has articulated an invitation to “re think religion” based on sociological theories of practice and a body of research on “lived religion”. Pulling all of this together is her book Studying Lived Religion Contexts and Practices, which will be
out from NYU Press in October 2021. Along with Grace Davie, she was Coordinating Lead Author for “Religions and Social Progress Critical Assessments and Creative Partnerships” in the Report of the International Panel for Social Progress (Cambridge University Press 2018).


Nationalism in the neoliberal order: Old wine in new bottles?

Conversation with Professor Christian Joppke

September 30 @ 18:00 (CET)

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Hosted by: Dr. Tornike Metreveli Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR

Christian Joppke holds a chair in sociology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. A student of eminent Jürgen Habermas during his student years in Germany, he later received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He authored more than 100 publications in major sociology journals and is one of the most widely cited sociologists. His books are published by major academic (Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge) and are considered as classics in the field of migration studies. Joppke’s present research cover social movements and the state, citizenship and immigration, most recently religion and politics, especially Islam in Western societies. His most recent scholarship, also published widely in core journals and presses, such as his book Neoliberal Nationalism: Immigration and the Rise of the Populist Right (Cambridge 2021), deals with the complex interaction between nationalism and neoliberalism.

Spring 2021

The Conversation Series on Christianity, Nationalism and Populism - Spring 2021

The Conversation Series on Christianity, Nationalism and Populism: Theorizing Religion in ‘Post-Truth’ Times

Conversation with Professors Jayne Svenungsson, Patrik Fridlund and Paul Linjamaa. June 15, at Zoom 18.00-20.00.

Hosted by: Dr.Tornike Metreveli Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR

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The Conversation Series on Christianity, Nationalism and Populism: Transnationalism and Religion

Conversation with Professor José Casanova. April 22, at Zoom 18.00-20.00

Hosted by: Dr.Tornike Metreveli Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR

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The Conversation Series on Christianity, Nationalism and Populism: Eastern Orthodoxy in Wars of 21st Century

Conversation with Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun. March 31, at Zoom 17.00-19.00.

Hosted by: Dr. Tornike Metreveli Postdoctoral Researcher, CTR

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