An International Workshop: Emotions, embodiments, spirituality – exploring the intricate intersections and developing methodology  


28th November at 1300-1730, Faculty of Theology, Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, Faculty Hall.

Organized by The Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies & CoCo research project funded by The Academy of Finland, PI prof. Anne Birgitta Pessi

Participation is free of charge.

In addition to the program below, we welcome short presentations (10-15 mins) particularly, but not exclusively, from doctoral students. Send us your topic via the registration form.


Welcome to be inspired and to inspire others!


Please register using this link

by 10th November (if you want to present your work)

by 20th November (if you prefer to participate only)




Welcome (13-13:15)

Anne Birgitta Pessi & Henrietta Grönlund

A visiting lecture with creative examples (13:15-14:15)

”HeArtS – health, arts, and sustainability – and embodied experience” by prof Eva Bojner Horwitz, a specialist of psychosomatic medicine and creative arts, from Karolinska Universitet & Royal College of Music, Stockholm

Coffee (14:15-14:45)

Presentations and discussion (14:45-16:15)

Dr Oscar Ortiz-Nieminen & Prof. Terhi Utriainen, University of Helsinki & photographer Hanne Kiiveri presenting the project ”Whose Angels?”

Dos., University lecturer Nina Nikki & doctoral student Harri Söderholm, University of Helsinki presenting the project EXPRECCE Experimenting the Rise of Early Christianity in Cultural Evolution: Martyrs, Manuscripts, and Hostility towards Outgroups

Dr Pärttyli Rinne, Aalto University: Body Maps of Loves

Dr Ville Husgafvel, Univrsity of Helsinki: Mindfulness-based ecosocial education. A preliminary outline

Dr Meri-Anna Paloniemi, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland: On an art exhibition on Lestadionism and gender

Dos., Dr Jenni Spännäri and flamenco coreographer/dancer, MTh Anne Riikola-Sarkkila: Fé & Väreily – Faith & Ripples. Explorations of spirituality in dance works and research

Dor., Dr Ruth illman, The Donner Institute, University of Helsinki: Embodied Judaism and the waters of the mikveh

Refreshments and snacks (16:30-16:45)

Novel angles and ways-forward discussion (16:45-17:30)

Short presentations (around 15 mins) particularly, but not exclusively, from doctoral students