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Dr Srdjan Sremac is a lecturer at the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the co-director of the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. Srdjan co-edits a book series Lived Religion and Societal Challenges published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is widely published with 18 (co-) authored or edited books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters.

Prof. Dr Manuela Kalsky is Professor of Religion and Society at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (Edward Schillebeeckx Chair for Theology and Society) and director of the Theological Research Centre of the Dutch Dominicans (DSTS). In spring 2016 she was a visiting professor at the Academy of World Religions (Hamburg University). As a well known scholar, she is also regularly involved in the public debate in the Netherlands on the role of religion(s) in a multicultural and multireligious society and has published numerous articles on related themes.

Besides her research activities, Manuela Kalsky is president of the board of New We, which she initiated in 2009. This organisation has the aim of strengthening social cohesion in order to live together with people from different cultures and religions.


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Dr. Katya

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Dr Katja Tolstaja is the founder and director of the Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern Christianity (INaSEC), and is Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at the Vrije Universtiteit, Amsterdam. She specializes in the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church and the impact of the Soviet legacy on post-Soviet Russian Orthodoxy. As NWO-Veni laureate (2009-2012) she studied the transformation and (re-)invention of Orthodox theology and practice in Russia and Ukraine. She is currently working to initiate Theology after Gulag as a model for coming to terms with the traumatic Soviet past.

As a research associate for the Chair of Mennonite (Peace) Theology and Ethics Fulco am responsible for the introductory bachelor courses in both Mennonite Theology and Ethics. Fulco represents the Centre by providing support to Mennonite congregations on a national level that want to strengthen their peace commitment, or want to reflect on their identity as a peace church.

Fulco provides practical support to the activities of the Center and of the Mennonite Seminary within the Vrije Universiteit. As the first contact person of the Mennonite Seminary for international students and PhD-candidates  Fulco provides them with information about our programs and he functions as an intermediate in contacting the right persons to organize studying in Amsterdam. 

Apart from these activities Fulco conduct a PhD-research himself about the understanding of the atonement in Western Church history. The Historic Peace Churches’ witness to the nonviolent character of God as God reveals himself in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But how can God be both nonviolent and reconcile humanity through a violent event as Jesus’ death on the cross? Fulco investigates both the well-known atonement motifs of the western Christian tradition as well as some recent alternative views by theologians who opt for a “nonviolent atonement”.