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Wednesday 26.10



From 11.00

Registration (AIAS Hall)


Welcome. Opening of conference (AIAS Auditorium)


Introduction to the topic of the conference, Prof. dr. Ulla Schmidt, Aarhus University (AIAS Auditorium) 

13.00 – 13.45

Lunch (AIAS Hall) 

13.45 – 15.15

Keynote lecture 1, Prof. dr. Frank Hillebrandt, FernUniversität Hagen

“Praxis and practices, viewed from the perspective of theory of social practices”

Discussion (Chair: Ulla Schmidt) (AIAS Auditorium)

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee break (AIAS Hall) 

15.45 – 17.05

Papers (40 min. pr paper, incl. discussion)

AIAS Auditorium
Chair: Kristine Helboe Johansen


Torsen Cress:
Materiality and devotion. Investigating religious practices with Theodore Schatzki



Morten Holmqvist / Astrid Sandsmark


Intervention research design in religious practices

17.30 – 18.30

Dinner (AIAS Hall)

18.30 – 19.50

Papers (40 min. pr paper, incl. discussion)

Building 1231, room 220
Chair: Hans Stifoss-Hansen

Building 1231, room 224
Chair: Peter Lodberg


Jette B. Rønkilde:
The concept of theology in qualitative empirical theology

Tone S. Kaufman:
From the outside, within or inbetween? Normative dimensions in practical theology


Kati Tervo-Niemelä:
Creating and finding meaningfulness in religious praxis – a mixed method approach

Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen:
Towards a non-prescriptive understanding of normativity in practical theological research


Thursday 27.10


09.00 – 10.30 Keynote lecture 2, Prof. dr. Geir Afdal, Norwegian School of Theology

“Studies of religious practices as theology. From empirical to impure theology"

Discussion (Chair: Hans Raun Iversen) (AIAS Auditorium)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break (AIAS Hall)

11.00 – 13.00

Papers (40 min. pr paper, incl. discussion)

Building 1231, room 214
Chair: Elisabet Pettersson

Building 1231, room 216
Chair: Kirsten D. Felter


Hans Stifoss-Hanssen/Lars J. Danbolt:
An empirical research project in theology: Pastoral care

Pekka Mesto:
"Reforming eucharistic practices in Orthodox Chruch in Finland since 1970: A modern example of lex credendi shaping lex orandi


Marianne Gaarden:
Implications of the empirical turn for theological teaching and education

Hans Austnaberg:
Validity of worldviews? Paul G. Hiebert as anthropologist and missiologist

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch (AIAS Hall)

14.00 – 15.30

Keynote lecture 3, Prof. dr. Claire Wolfteich, Boston University, School of Theology

“The study of practices: Investigations in Practical Theology and Spirituality Studies"

Discussion (Chair: Kirstine Helboe Johansen)
NB! Building 1231, 424 (auditorium 4th floor)

15.30 – 16.15

Coffee break [Venue to be announced]

16.15 – 17.35

Papers (40 min. pr paper, incl. discussion)

Building 1170, room 240
Chair: Jette B. Rønkilde

Building 1170, room 248
Chair: Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen


Jan Nylund:
The construction of the “I” in the Lord’s Prayer: A social constructive discourse analysis

Frederik Saxegaard:
Exploring passage points between practice theories and practical theologies


Sr. Maura Behrenfeld:
Abstract art as embodied medium for engagement in "natural religiosi-ty"

Hans Raun Iversen:
From empirical theology to the practicipartory turn and practice as research



Conference dinner at the Godsbanen



Friday 28.10


09.00 – 11.00

Papers (40 min. pr paper, incl. discussion)

Building 1231, room 214
Chair: Kirstine Helboe Johansen

Building 1231, room 216
Chair: Tone Kaufman


Sivert Angel:
Homiletic research as a study of rhetorical praxis

Karen M. Meetad:
The pastor: A leader of the Sunday Service


Linn S. Rystad:
Narratives in use in preaching – a sociocultural and dialogical  approach

Kirsten Donekov Felter:
Office or personal calling? Negotiations of ministry among Danish Folk Church Pastors


Sini Hulmi:
Participants of worship as makers of sermon – a case study

Terese B. Kessel:
"When one is sick, we are all sick." African diakonia as a model for European diakonia?


11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break (AIAS Hall) 

11.30 – 13.00

Praxis and practice studies of religion: a challenge to theology and practical theology

Invited inputs from:

  • Sociology of religion: Prof. MSO Lene Kühle (Aarhus University)
  • Systematic theology: Prof. dr. Jan-Olav Henriksen (Norwegian School of Theology)
  • Practical theology: Prof. Kati Tervo-Niemelä (University of Helsinki)

Plenary discussion (Chair: Ulla Schmidt) (AIAS Auditorium) 

13.00 – 13.45

Lunch (AIAS hall) 

13.45 – 15.00

Nordic Network for Practical Theology, founding meeting (AIAS meeting room)