Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers are presented below.
Tone Stangeland Kaufman

Tone Stangeland Kaufman is professor of practical theology at the MF vitenskapelig høyskole in Oslo, Norway. Her research interests are within Christian Spirituality, Homiletics, Pastoral Learning and Theology, Ethnographic Ecclesiology, and Youth Ministry. She is particularly interested in methodological issues related to empirical research in theology and ecclesiology with an emphasis on normativity and reflexivity. She has recently co-edited (together with Jonas Ideström) and authored in What Really Matters: Scandinavian Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (Pickwick, 2018). 


Henk de Roest

Henk de Roest is professor of practical theology at the Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands, loc. Groningen. Earlier he held the chair of practical theology at Leiden University and served twelve years as minister in parishes north of Amsterdam. In 1998 he defended his dissertation on the relationship between the philosophy of Jürgen Habermas and the discipline of practical theology. He is editor-in-chief of Ecclesial Practices. Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography. He has recently published on Collaborative Practical Theology (Brill, 2019).

Riikka Myllys

Riikka Myllys is a ThD, who in her dissertation Spirituality in the Loop studied craft-making as Finnish women’s everyday lived religion. Her academic interests lie in religion, agency, everyday life, leisure time, and gender. Nowadays she is part of a research collaboration which studies young people’s everyday utopias. She has also worked as a project leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Marjukka Laiho

Marjukka Laiho is a doctoral student in sociology of religion at the University of Eastern Finland. Her dissertation studies and develops the methodology of ‘lived theology’, focusing empirically on the cosmopolitan Lutheran theologizing of young adults in Finland. Laiho has background in political science (M.Soc.Sc.) and theology (M.Th.). She embraces critical and co-research methodologies and is actively involved in the Co-Research Network in Finland.