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Matti Kotiranta, Professor of Church History, ThD


 
 
 
 
 


Contact information:
• School of Theology
  Philosophical Faculty
  University of Eastern Finland
  PB 111,
  FI-80101 Joensuu,
  Finland
• phone
    +358 294 45 2400
• email
    matti.kotiranta (at) uef.fi

 

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Personal information

  • Born: 1958
  • Spouse: Eeva Martikainen († 2010), Professor of Modern Theology 1996-2001 (University of Helsinki), Professor of Systematic Theology (UEF) 2002-2010.
  • Hobbies: Music, literature and piano playing

Research interests

  • Russian intellectual history and Russian Religious philosophy of the 19th century
  • Neo-Palamite and Neo-Patristic Theology
  • Church and State relations and issues of Religious freedom
  • Byzantine studies
  • Hagiography, cult tradition, monasteries
  • Orthodox Church, especially in Finland and Eastern Europe

Research projects

  • The components of citizenship and its judicial and religious premises.

Supervised academic theses

Doctoral dissertations

  • Juha Riikonen, Kirkko politiikan syleilyssä. Suomen ortodoksisen arkkipiispakunnan ja Moskovan patriarkaatin välinen kanoninen erimielisyys 1945-1957. (Church in the Embrace of Politics. The Canonical Controversy between the Finnish Orthodox Church and the Moscow Patriarchate, 1945-1957). (University of Joensuu) 2007.
  • Irina Karvonen, Pyhän Aleksanteri Syväriläisen koulukunta – 1500-luvun luostarihistoriaa vai 1800-luvun venäläiskansallista tulkintaa. (The School of St Aleksanteri Syväriläinen: a monastery history of the 16th century or a 19th-century Russian nationalist interpretation? (University of Eastern Finland) 2013.
  • Jörg Weber, Die Idee von der gottheitlichen Mystagogie Jesu im Herzen des vollkommenen Menschen Zur Grundlegung der christlichen Theosophie im Corpus Areopagiticum. (University of Eastern Finland) 2013.
  • Maria Takala-Roszczenko, The 'Latin' within the 'Greek: The Feast of the Holy Eucharist in the Context of Ruthenian Eastern Rite Liturgical Evolution in the 16th–18th Centuries. (University of Eastern Finland) 2013.

Master's theses (in Joensuu)

  • Orthodox theology is here

Publications

Highlights

 

 
 


 
 

 

Forthcoming books and articles

Articles in scientific refereed books

  • Matti Kotiranta: "Religion and the Secular State in Finland" (48 pages), in: Religion and the Secular State / La Religion et l'Etat laïque: Reports prepared for and issued upon the occasion of the XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, held 25–31 July 2010 in Washington under the direction of Javier Martínez-Torrón and W. Cole Durham, publishing date of the article autumn 2014.
  • Matti Kotiranta: Law and Religion in Finland in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Law and Religion. Ed. by Mariya Mitova, publishing date of the article late autumn 2014.

Academic degrees

  • 1986            Master of Theology, University of Helsinki
  • 1994            Licentiate of Theology, University of Helsinki
  • 1995            Doctor of Theology, University of Helsinki
  • 2001            Docent of Dogmatics, University of Helsinki
  • 2004–2009 Professor of Church History, University of Joensuu
  • 2010–          Professor of Church History, University of Eastern Finland

Previous and Current Academic Positions

  • 1990–1991 Junior Research Fellow, The Academy of Finland
  • 1994–1995 Acting Assistant of Department of Orthodoxy and East European Church Studies,
                         University of Helsinki
  • 1995–2004 Assistant of Department of Orthodoxy and East European Church Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2001          Adjunct professor of Dogmatics at University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, Department of
                         Systematic Theology (Dogmatiikan dosentti)
  • 2004–        Professor of Church History, University of Joensuu
  • 2007–2009 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Theology
  • 2010–2013 Head of the School of Theology
  • 2014        Head of the School of Theology

Scientific Expert Positions and Board Memberships

  • 1995–2010 Editor-in-Chief of Orthodoxy (Ortodoksia). Published by Finnish Orthodox Clergy Association
                         together with East European Church Studies, University of Helsinki.
  • 1995–2004 Editor-in-Chief of Reception (Reseptio). Published by the Church Office for Foreign Affairs
                         of the Ev.-Lutheran Church of Finland together with East European Church Studies,
                         University of Helsinki.
  • 1996–        Board Member, The Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies.
  • 1998–2007 Chair, The Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies.
  • 1998–2005 Editor-in-Chief of _The Reports from the Department of Orthodoxy and East European
                         Church Studies{_}.
  • 1998–        Referee in Byzantium and the North, Acta Byzantina Fennica.
  • 1998–2000 Member of the Editorial Board of the University Magazine Yliopistolainen (University
                         of Helsinki).
  • 1999–        Member of the Editorial Board of the Byzantium and the North, Acta Byzantina Fennica.
  • 1999–        Chair, The Working Group of East European Matters of Evangelical-Lutheran Church
                         of Finland.
  • 2001–        Board Member, The EU Advisory Committee of the Church Government of the
                         Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
  • 2004–2005 Author of 4th edition of RGG (Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart vierte Auflage)
  • 2006–2008 Board Member of the committee Church Code 2010. Committee of the Church
                         Governement of Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.
  • 2002–        Permanent Member of the European Consortium for Church-State Research. Headquarters
                         at the Istituto di Diritto Internazionale of the University of Milan.
  • 2011          President of the European Consortium for Church-State Research.

 

 


Positions of Trust

Academic Positions of Trust

  • 1998–2004 Board Member in executive board of the master's programme of the Aleksanteri Institute,
                         the Finnish national Centre of Russian and East European Studies (founded in 1996).
  • 1998–        Board Member in executive board of the graduate school of the Aleksanteri Institute,
                         the Finnish national Centre of Russian and East European Studies (founded in 1996).
  • 1997–        Editorial Board Member of Kikimora Publications of the Aleksanteri Institute, the
                         Finnish national Centre of Russian and East European Studies.
  • 1998–2004 Supervisor and cordinator of the master's programme (Modul 5: Culture, Identity and Ideas)
                         of the Aleksanteri Institute in the Faculty of Theology.

Positions of Trust in the Church and Participation in International Ecumenical Dialogues

  • 1986–1992 Member in (Finnish) Secretery of The Theological Conversations between the Evangelical-
                         Lutheran Church of Finland and the Russian Orthodox Church.
                             ° Mikkeli 1986
                             ° Pühtitsa ja Leningrad 1989
                             ° Järvenpää 1992
  • 1998          Delegate at the Finnish Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Dialogue, Lappeenranta, Finland
  • 1997          Delegate of the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church in EEA 2 Assembly, Graz, Austria.
  • 1997          Delegate of the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church in CEC Assembly, Graz, Austria.
  • 2005          Delegate of the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Eastern-Orthodox-Porvoo
                         Consultation Järvenpää 01.12.2005 - 04.12.2005
  • 2005          Delegate at the Finnish Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Dialogue, Sinappi (Turku), Finland.
  • 2011          Delegate at the Finnish Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Dialogue, Siikaniemi (Lahti), Finland.
  • 2014          Delegate at the Finnish Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Dialogue, Moscow (30.8.-5.9.2014), Russia.

Participation in International Conferences

  • 1994 Fachtagung der Luther-Akademie Ratzeburg (30th November - 4 th December 1994), Der Heilige Geist: ökumenische und reformatorische Untersuchungen. Paper: "The perichoresis of the persons of the Trinity: a response to Bruce Marshall's paper "Action and person: do Palamas and Aquinas agree about the Spirit?" published in: Veröffentlichungen der Luther-Akademie Ratzeburg; 25. Erlangen 1996. pp. 215-224.
  • 1996 XIX International Congress of Byzantine Studies, University of Copenhagen, lecturer (18th – 24th August 1996). Paper: "The Palamite idea of perichoresis of the persons of the trinity in the light of contemporary neo-Palamite analysis" published in: Byzantium and the North. Acta Byzantina Fennica IX (1997-1998). Helsinki 1999. pp. 59-69.
  • 1997 Russian Orthodoxy or European integration. – Russia through the kaleidoscope:
    A seminar which was held in the Alexander Institute, 29th August 1997.
  • 1998 The eleventh theological conversations between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Russian Orthodox Church (19th October 1998) Paper: Kirkko, valtio ja uskonnonvapaus Suomessa" [Church, State and Freedom of Religion in Finland] published in: Ortodoksia 48 (1999), pp. 183-206.
  • 1999 The international Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief; The international Comission on Freedom of Conscience. Consultation on Religious Pluralism in Northern Europe: Emerging issues (18 th – 19 th March 1999, Vilnus). Paper: "Church and State Relations in Finland"
  • 1999 Internationales Symposion der VELKD, Höör/Schweden, (27th - 31th May 1999). Paper: "Kirche, Staat und Religionsfreiheit
    in Finnland" published in: Zeitschrift für evangelisches Kirchenrecht 45 (2000) : 1, S. 1-24.
  • 2001 XXe Congrès international des Études byzantines. Paris. Paper: "The Image of Byzantim of the Neopatristic School and its Conception of the Homogeneity of Byzantine Patristic Tradition – Fact or Fiction?"
  • 2002 The international Congress The Portrayal of Religion in Europe: The Media and the Arts, Cardiff/England. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit. (21 th - 24 th November 2002, University of Cardiff/Wales). Paper: "The Fundamental Norms Regulating the Legal Status of Media and Religion. The Finnish Legal Framework." The Article was published in 2005 by prof. Norman Doe (editor.), Cardiff.
  • 2003 The international Congress Church State Studies in the European Union, Oviedo/Spain. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research-unit. (27 th -30 th November 2003). Paper: The Teaching and Study of Church-State Relations in the Nordic Countries, in U.K. and in Ireland. The Article was published in 2005 by prof. Prof. Dr. Richard Puza (editor.), Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Lehrstuhl für Kirchenrecht, Tübingen.
  • 2005 The international Congress Religious Entities as Legal Persons in the European Union, Åkersberg/Sweden. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research-unit. (27 th -30 th November 2005). Paper: Religious Entities as Legal Persons in Finland. The Article was published in spring 2008 by Church Counsellor Lars Friedner (editor.), Uppsala.
  • 2006 The international Congress Financing Churches and Religious Associations in the European Union, Messina/Italy. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit. (16 th -19 th November 2006). Paper: Financing Churches and Religious Associations in Finland. The Article was published by Peeters in 2009.
  • 2007 The international Congress Article 9 of the Convention for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Nicosia /Cyprus. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit. (15 th - 18 th November 2007). The Article was published by Peeters in 2010.
  • 2008 The international Congress Religion and Criminal Law, Järvenpää/Finland. (2.-5.10.2008). Religion and Criminal Law. Proceedings of the Conference organised by Professor Matti Kotiranta Järvenpää 2 th -5 th October. ISBN: 978-9042925014.
  • 2009 The international Congress Immigration, National and Regional Laws and Freedom of Religion. Madrid. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit. (12 th - 15 th November 2009).
  • 2010 The international Congress Religion in Public Education. Trier. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit.(11 th - 14 th November 2010). Paper: Religious Education in Finland, pp. 139-154. The Article was published in 2011.
  • 2011 The international Congress Religion and Discrimination Law in the European Union. Oxford. Arranger of the Congress: European Consortium for Church and State Research -unit. (29th September – 2nd October 2011).
  • 2013 The international Congress La formation des cadres religieux en Europe : Histoire, status actuels, évolutions récentes.Johan Wolfgang von Goethe-Stiftung, Château de Klingenthal, France. (14– 17 Novemre 2013).

 

 

 

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