Exploring Practices in Theological Research

Welcome to the second Nordic Conference organized by the Nordic Network for Theology and Practice! December 10-12, 2018.


10.12.2018 - 12:00 to 12.12.2018 - 16:00

Nordic Conference,
December 10-12, 2018

MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Oslo

Venue: MF, Gydas vei 4, 0302 OSLO

Registration fee:
Professionals: 1500,- NOK includes participation in all sessions, lunch on Dec. 10-12, dinner on the 10-11.
PhD students: 1200,-  NOK
Registration after October 15: 1800,-  NOK (everyone)

Conference language: English

Registration form

Contact email for the conference: practices@mf.no

"Practice" is a buzzword in practical theological work, yet it is often unclear what scholars actually mean when using this concept. During our meeting we would, therefore, like to explore and discuss various traditions of and approaches to practice theory, and how such theories are used in practical theological research and work. Closely related to practice theory is the term "practices". Empirical studies of various kinds play an increasingly important role in many of the theological disciplines, and in practical theology in particular. This turn is partly intertwined with the more comprehensive “practice turn,” which has developed in scientific theory and disciplines within the last five to six decades.

The 2018 conference of the Nordic Network for Theology and Practice seeks to continue the conversation about practice and practices that were initiated during the previous conference in Aarhus in 2016. The “empirical turn” has provided a richer understanding of the practical, social and material side of religious life as a topic for theological reflection. It has also suggested that theological reflection and knowledge is not separate from actual practices, but embedded in them. At the same time, profound questions for practical theology, and other theological research disciplines have appeared. We, thus, seek to deepen the understanding of practices and practice theory in practical theological research by inviting speakers and papers that explore and discuss various approaches to practice theory and religious practice.

In this conference, we discuss and reflect on these questions through key note lectures, paper presentations, roundtables/panels and informal conversations. We invite scholars from practical theology, and other disciplines interested in these questions, to join us. The conference targets a Nordic audience in particular but welcomes participants from other countries as well.

We offer an associate gathering for colleagues who primarily work with pastoral education and the training of other ecclesial professionals in the Nordic countries. See https://www.mf.no/om-mf/arrangementer/educating-ministry-professionals-n... for more information