Confirmed Speakers

 

Prof. Dr. Amos Yong

Professor of Theology and Mission, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology, and Chief Academic Officer at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary) and Portland State University, both in Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. Licensed as a minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, he has also authored or edited over fifty-five volumes. More about A. Yong

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Heuser

Theologian and political scientist, Dr. theol. from the University of Heidelberg. Since 2012 Professor for Non-European Christianity at the University of Basel; since 2020: Dean of the Faculty of Theology; since 2019: President of the German Society for Mission Studies (DGMW). From 2008 to 2011: Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Missiology, Tumaini University Makumira / Tanzania; from 2005 to 2008: Incumbent of the Protestant Church in Hessen and Nassau for Ecumenism and Theological Education; from 1998 to 2005: Director of Studies at the University of Hamburg’s Mission Academy. Research interests: (global) Pentecostalism, African history of theology, mission and religion; African Independent Churches; migration churches in Germany and Switzerland; religion and development. Long-term field research stays in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana. More about A. Heuser

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Prof. Dr. Brenda Carranza

PhD in Social Sciences at UNICAMP/Brazil; Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the State University of Campinas (IFCH/UNICAMP; Coordinator of the Laboratory of Anthropology of Religion – LAR/UNICAMP; Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina; Secretary of the Mercosur Association of Social Scientists of Religion – ACSRM; Running research projects: Christian Zionism in Latin America; Religious life inserted in popular environments; Feminism and religion: an analysis of Pope Francis’ thought; Political emergence of religious groups in Latin America. Recent publications: Ultraconservadores católicos (2021); Evangélicos, novo ator político (Ed., 2020); Erosão das democracias latino-americanas (2020); Preferential Option for the Spirit (2020). More about B. Carranza

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Prof. Dr. Ebenezer Obadare

Professor of sociology at the University of Kansas and Fellow at the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa. He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics. His research interests are in religion and politics, and civil society and the state in Africa. His most recent book is Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria (Zed, 2018). His next book on Pentecostal pastors, politics, and sexuality in Nigeria will be published by University of Notre Dame Press. He is co-editor of Journal of Modern African Studies. More about E. Obadare

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Prof. Dr. Giovanni Maltese

Junior professor of Religious Studies and Global Christianity at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Hamburg, Germany, and executive director of the IMÖR. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. He held a postdoc position at the University of Bonn and was a visiting scholar at the Emory University, Atlanta, USA, at the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, and at the Silliman University, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Research foci: Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia, History of Religion in Southeast Asia, Theory and Method in Religious Studies, Secularity, Postsecularity in a Global History Context, Global Pentecostalism and Reformist Islam, Political Theology and Political Theory. More about G. Maltese

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Prof. Dr. Gunda Werner

Catholic theologian and since 2018 professor of Dogmatics at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, where she has been head of the Institute for Systematic Theology and Liturgy Science since 2019. She has also taught at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, as well as at Boston College, at the Fordham University, New York, and the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio. Her research focuses on public theology and its relevance for contemporary societies, as well as on the concrete representation of hidden patterns using the Kimberlé Crenshaw intersectional analysis. Further focuses are on communitization logics in modern and late modernity as well as in historical research in dogmatic theology. Her scientific work goes far beyond her professional activities. She is, inter alia, the first president of AGENDA Forum katholischer Theologinnen e. V. and in the leadership team of the International Research Group Kommunikative Theologie. Gunda Werner is committed to the promotion of young scientists and to increase the visibility of women in (theological) science. More about G. Werner

 

Prof. Dr. Jayeel S. Cornelio

Jayeel Cornelio is Associate Professor and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has held posts at Lancaster University, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. His writings on religious change in the Philippines have appeared in a number of leading journals including Social Compass, the Review of Faith & International Affairs, and Religion, State & Society. He is the author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion (2016) and lead editor of the Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society (2021). Jayeel is also an associate editor of the journal Social Sciences and Missions and a regular columnist for Rappler. More about J. Cornelio

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Prof. Dr. José Luis Pérez Guadalupe

PhD in Sociology, canonical licentiate in Theology, Masters in Anthropology and Criminology. He has authored a dozen books on religious movements, politics, public safety, and penal execution and is presently research professor at the Universidad del Pacífico’s Graduate School. Furthermore, he is the Vice President of the Institute of Christian Social Studies (IESC) and Advisor to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). Since 1987 he has worked in various areas in the Catholic Church: Director of the Diocese of Chosica’s Social Ministry and Institute of Pastoral Theology, Professor of the Faculty of Theology, consultant to the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, etc. In 2007 he participated in the Latin American Conference of Aparecida as invited layman. He has also served in public offices as President of the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (2011-2014) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Interior (2015-2016). More about J. L. Pérez Guadalupe

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Rev. Fr. Dr. Lawrence Nchekwube Nwankwo

A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, is currently the Diocesan Chancellor/Secretary of his diocese and a lecturer at the Department of Religion & Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He holds a doctorate degree in Systematic Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. His research interest is in African Christianity, Pentecostalism, popular religiosity, inculturation and liberation theologies in Africa and theological method in Africa. More about L. N. Nwankwo

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Archbishop Dr. Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, OFM

Metropolitan Archbishop of Manaus, Brazil. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome, where he was also a visiting professor from 2001 to 2003. He was ordained bishop in 2005, and since then has served in the Prelature of São Felix, in the Archdiocese of Brasilia and, since 2020, in the Archdiocese of Manaus. Among other offices, Dom Leonardo held the position of Secretary General of Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops for two terms, from 2011 to 2019. In the various functions he occupied, he stood out for the pursuit of an open dialogue between Church, society and public sphere in Brazil as well as for the defense of social minorities such as indigenous peoples. More about Archbishop Leonardo Steiner

 

Prof. Dr. Ruth Marshall

Associate Professor of Political Science and the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She studied philosophy and International Affairs and received her PhD in Politics from Oxford University. Prior to joining the Toronto University, in 2008, she spent eight years living and researching in West Africa. Among her research interests are: Religion, politics and public life, secularism and democratic theory, continental political philosophy, post-colonial theory, African Studies, citizenship, state politics and violence in West Africa, Evangelical Christianity, radical reformist Islam, and politics in the Global South, and Evangelicals and politics in the US. More about R. Marshal