Risto Saarinen - Curriculum Vitae#

  • Dr. theol. (theology, Helsinki, 1988, Gottes Wirken auf uns)
  • Dr. phil. (philosophy, Helsinki, 1994, Weakness of the Will in Medieval Thought)
  • KAVAKU (Diplomatic training, Finnish Foreign Ministry, 1986)

Funded Projects:
  • 1998-2001 “Early Modern Thought” network funded by the European Science Foundation, member of the coordination committee.
  • 2001 – 2004 “Churches and European Integration” Project Funded by European Commission Research Directorate, member of the steering group.
  • 2002 – 2007 Team Leader of the “History of Mind” Centre of Excellence, funded by the Academy of Finland.
  • 2005-2007 Beyond Fideism, 3-year research grant for postgraduate students, University of Helsinki
  • 2006-2007 Senior Researcher one-year grant, Academy of Finland
  • 2007-2008 Senior Researcher one-year grant, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
    (with these grants I worked for two years at the Helsinki Collegium, writing my Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought)
  • 2008 – 2013 Team Leader of the “Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics” Centre of Excellence, funded by the Academy of Finland
  • 2012-2016 Leader of Academy of Finland four-year project “Ecumenical Recognition and Toleration of Otherness”.
  • 2014-2019 Head of Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition”

The Helsinki University TUHAT database lists 355 publications, of which 82 are refereed publications during last ten years.

Contributions to standard encyclopedic works include Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (engl. Religion Past and Present),Theologische Realenzyklopädie, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Dictionnaire critique de Théologie (engl. Routledge Encyclopedia of Theology), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Global Dictionary of Theology, Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, Sourcebook for the History of Philosophy of Mind, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

International Academic Boards:
  • Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie (Bretten, 2003-2009)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (Mainz, 2005-2015)
  • Forschungszentrum für Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie (FIIT Heidelberg, 2008-).
  • Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2010-13)

Editorial Boards:
  • Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (de Gruyter, Germany)
  • Dialog (Wiley-Blackwell, UK),
  • Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift (Humboldt-Univ. Berlin),
  • Pro ecclesia (Rowman & Littlefield, U.S.)
  • Reformed Historical Theology (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).

Other Organizations:
  • University of Helsinki (UH): Faculty of Theology, Vice-Dean for Research 2004-2006 and 2010- .
  • Finnish Theological Literature Society, chair 2010-.
  • Crisis Management Initiative, member since 2005.
  • Lutheran World Federation: Advisor to Council 2003-2010, Lutheran-Orthodox Global Joint Commission 1995-
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