The confirmed speakers for the 9th ISERT Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 13-15 June 2018.
Kimmo Ketola (b. 1965) is a Finnish scholar of religion who has specialized in the study of religious communities and religious change in Finland and other Nordic countries with strong Lutheran heritage. He received his education at the Department of Comparative Religion in the University of Helsinki (Ph.D. in 2002). He is currently working as a Senior Researcher at the Church Research Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. He has published several books on contemporary religiosity, including three English language monographs: Religion in Finland (co-authored, 2005), The Founder of the Hare Krishnas as Seen by Devotees (2008), and Facing Diversity: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland from 2004 to 2007 (co-authored, 2009). He has also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to edited books, most recently in Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries, edited by Inger Furseth (2017).
Sonia Roccas is a Professor at the Open University of Israel. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a post doctoral fellow at Ohio State University. She spent Sabbatical years at the University of Pennsylvania (2001) and at the University of Kent (2008). She served as Dean of Academic Studies, at The Open University of Israel (2009-2012), and as the founding director of the MA program in Social Psychology (2012-2016). She also served as associate editor at the European Journal of Social Psychology and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Her research focuses on psychological processes as they relate to social identities and to value priorities. In both fields she investigates the interplay between personal, situational, and cultural factors. Her research on the psychology of religion focuses on the relationships of values to religiosity and to reactions to people who marry outside their religious group. Her work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Personality and Social Psychology Review.
Carl Sterkens is an Associate Professor in empirical and practical religious studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. (Bio will be updated soon).
Ruard Ganzevoort is a long-time member and since 2014 president of ISERT. He is professor of practical theology and dean of the faculty of theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is widely published in the field of empirical theology and psychology of religion with a special focus on trauma and religious coping. He was president of the International Academy of Practical Theology and is the founding editor of the Palgrave book-series Lived Religion and Societal Challenges. Besides his academic work, he is a senator in the Dutch national parliament.