Marius van Hoogstraten
Marius van Hoogstraten (1985, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In his research, he is investigating what happens to post-metaphysical philosophy of religion (focusing on John D. Caputo and Richard Kearney) when it comes into contact with themes and discussions in Theology of Religions / Interreligious Studies. In addition to his PhD research, Marius works as a research associate at the Academy of World Religions at the University of Hamburg and was until recently intensively involved in organizing for Mennonite World Conference. He lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wife Hannah.
Heidi Zitting is currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her main theological subject is systematic and ecumenical theology and her dissertation focuses on Lutheran understandings of episcopé, especially in the Lutheran World Federation and in Evangelical–Lutheran Church of Finland. Heidi is also a member of Finnish Lutheran–Pentecostal ecumenical dialogue. Her main interests are in the ecumenical movement and in the theology of ministry. While completing her masters in the Faculty of Theology Heidi studied also in the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences and thus has a profession of an elementary school teacher. In 2010 she was ordained as minister of the Lutheran church.
Johanna Hestermann (born 1988 in Marburg/Germany) ist a PhD Student at the Ecumenical Institute at the University of Heidelberg. She previously studied Protestant Theology at Humboldt University in Berlin, at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow/UK and finally at the Faculty of Theology in Heidelberg. Last year, she graduated with a degree from the Protestant Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck (EKKW). At the moment she is doing her research in the context of an interdisciplinary Graduate Research Programme on „Global Religious History from a Regional Perspective. Historicising and Decentralising Religious Identities in the 19th and early 20th Century.“ Her own project is about the discourses on the self-understanding of the early Evangelical Alliance (1846 - c. 1875). She focusses on the different notions of Christian Union discussed within this proto-ecumenical movement, and tries to show in which sense concepts as „Christianity“ and „Evangelicalism“ developed in the context of international exchange. In 2013 Johanna was a participant of the first Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), an ecumenical study programme in Seoul and Busan accompanying the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Korea.
Ilija Jovic (born in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a PhD student at Georg-August University Gottingen. He previously obtained a M.A. degree at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade, spent two study semesters at the University of Applied Science for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg and one study semester at Saint Epherem Ecumenical Research Institute in India. He obtained a M.A. at the Faculty of Theology at the Georg-August University of Gottingen. His main research area is ecumenical theology with particular focus on the dialogue between Protestant and Orthodox Churches. In his doctoral research project he investigates discourses of ethical, social and political consequences of the Trinitarian concept.
His dissertation focuses on the South Indian theologian Geevarghese Mar Osthathios and his distinctive contribution to the on-going development of Orthodox theology concerning social issues.