Christian Cultures Past and Present

Christian Cultures Past and Present

Launching seminar of the Centre for the Study of Christian Cultures

19 May 2017
12 p.m.-16 p.m.
Logomo (Köydenpunojankatu 14, 20100 Turku)

The Centre for the Study of Christian Cultures (CSCC) is a new multidisciplinary research centre focusing on the study of diverse forms of Christianity in different parts of the world and their interlinkages to other aspects of human life such as politics, ideologies, arts, culture and economy. The centre is based at the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. It aims to support and develop research on Christian cultures at the University of Turku and in Finland at large, and foster international research collaboration in its specific field.

The half-day seminar “Christian Cultures Past and Present” is the launching event of the research centre. The programme consists of keynote lectures and projects and research presentations. We have the pleasure to have two distinguished scholars as keynote speakers: professor Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen (University of Turku) and professor David Thurfjell (Södertörn Högskola, Stockholm). The CSCC cordially invites researchers interested in the study of Christian cultures to participate in the seminar and network with other researchers in this field.

Seminar guests also have the possibility to participate in the events of Kirkkopäivät, which is held in Logomo on 19-20 May 2017. For more information and tickets to Kirkkopäivät events, see Lunch (at own cost) is available before the seminar at Logomo Kitchen but owing to the Kirkkopäivät it needs to be booked beforehand by 15 May at (the number of lunches available is limited).

More information on the CSCC can be found at


12:00     Opening words
12:10     David Thjurfell (Södertörn Högskola, Stockholm): The Religious Ambiguities of Post-Christian Swedes: A Language-historical Approach
12:50     Session I: Research presentations
14:00     Coffee
14:20     Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen (University of Turku): Natural Sciences in Service of the Sacred: The Turku Cathedral Relic Collection Project
15:00     Session II: Research presentations
16:00     Closing of seminar

Order of presentations

Session I (English, 12:50-14:00)

  • Kati Mikkola: Popular Perspectives on Secularization and Religiosity in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Finland
  • Katja Ritari: Constructions of Conversion Narratives and the Formation of Christian Identities in Early Medieval Ireland
  • Anna-Stina Hägglund: Birgittine Monasteries in the Baltic Sea Region During the 15th Century
  • Stefan Schröder: Historicizing the Crusades: Strategies of Historiographical Writing and Functions of the Past in the Late Middle Ages
  • Rose-Marie Peake: The Idealised Magdalene and the Saintly Wound Licker: Unruly Sexual Bodies in Catholic Reformation France
  • Julian Reid: Iconography and Iconoclasm in the Historical Development of Christianity
  • Veli-Matti Salminen: Lutheranism in Finland: belief, societal participation and tradition
  • Laura Hanna Kokkonen: Religion in the Consumer Culture: Branding the Church
  • Tuija Hovi: Neo-Pentecostal Impacts on the Christian Scene in Finland
  • Teemu Mantsinen: Research on Apostasy, Leaving Religion
  • Jere Kyyrö and Teemu Mantsinen: Finnish Eastern Orthodox Processions in Karelia
  • Heidi Jokinen: What is violence? Enhancing Peaceful Coexistence in a Multicultural
    Society by Recognizing Modes of Violence
  • Nina Maskulin: Religion, Film and Media: Teenagers, Religion and Reception of Apocalyptic Film ‘2012’
  • Jan Hellberg: Performed Meanings and Localisation in the Music Culture of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia

Session II  (Finnish and English, 15:00–16:00)

  • Jopi Harri: ”Me veisaamme Herralle, sillä Hän on ylen korkea: hevoset ja miehet Hän mereen syöksi.” Oodit ja kanonit ortodoksisessa aamupalveluksessa
  • Hanna-Riitta Toivanen-Kola: Albanian uusbysanttilainen kirkkoarkkitehtuuri diktatuurin ajan jälkeen ja sen varhaiset lähtökohdat
  • Ringa Takanen: Laupeus ja inhimillisyys – Alttaritaulujen ikonografian murros ja yhteiskunnallinen muutos Suomessa vuosina 1869–1920
  • Anna Haapalainen: Institutionalized Religion and Change
  • Kim Groop: Contested Church Spaces and Fragmented Memory Communities
  • Minna Opas: Religious Imaginaries and Modernisation in Indigenous Amazonia
  • Elina Vuola: Embodied Religion: Changing Meanings of Body and Gender in Contemporary Forms of Religious Identity in Finland
  • Päivi Räisänen-Schröder and Sini Mikkola: Academic Blog: Reformaation rajapinnoilla – Crossing Reformation Boundaries
  • Outi Lehtipuu: Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the First Millennium
  • Lotta Valve and Antti Laato: SRB: Raamatun tulkintahistorian tutkimuksen verkosto


  • Pamela Slotte: Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law (ProNoLa)