Sofia Sjö, from Åbo Akademi University in Finland, will be the CRS guest researcher in April and May.
Sofia Sjö is a researcher in the project Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG), an international project led by the Professor Peter Nynäs from Åbo Academy University in Finland. The project investigates values and worldviews of university students in thirteen countries. Sjö’s expertise is within religion, media and popular culture, as well as religion and gender issues. In her doctoral thesis Sjö dealt with messiah myths and gender structure in science fiction movies and TV series. Her later research was focused on Nordic movies and religious changes in the Nordic context. Sjö also researches digital religion and religious socialization. Her research was published in a number of international journals and collection books. Together with Kennet Granholm and Marcus Moberg, Sjö edited the volume Religion, Media and Social Change.
Elena Kalmykova, postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow, is guest researcher at the CRS in February and March 2018
Elena Kalmykova is a postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow, with a main interest in phenomenology and embodied approaches to religion. Through her research work she is striving to bring together the best of both analytic and continental philosophic traditions. In addition, she is interested in sciences and use the data of cognitive science of religion and neuroscience in philosophical investigations.
Her current project "Bridging Belief and Practice" aims to bridge the gap between theoretical and empirical studies of religion. With an interdisciplinary background as BC in Oriental Studies, MS in Religious Studies and PhD in Philosophy of Religion she has a firsthand knowledge of the disparate practices and methods of both empirical studies of religion and philosophy of religion, which she applies in this work.
Mark Emerton is an Employment Judge. He was called to the Bar whilst serving as a naval officer. He practiced as a Royal Navy and civilian lawyer.
He left the Royal Navy in 2002, having reached the rank of Commander, in order to take up an appointment as a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission. This is an independent statutory body investigating miscarriages of justice, with the power to refer cases to the Court of Appeal. In 2009 Mark was appointed as a salaried Judge, initially based in London, and now in Hampshire. His caseload covers a wide range of individual and collective employment (labour) law issues, and workplace discrimination. He is also a judicial mediator.
Mark has a long-standing interest in lecturing, training and research. He is involved in judicial training, and the legal education of student barristers. His main research interest is law and religion (although he maintains an interest in employment law, discrimination, human rights, criminal law and professional regulation). A member of the Committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, he manages the society’s lecture programme and is a book reviewer for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He has presented papers at international conferences and is contributing to forthcoming law-and-religion books. Having completed an LLM in Canon Law, Mark is studying for a part-time PhD on religious courts at Cardiff University, where he also lectures to LLM students. Mark was recently invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the University of Portsmouth School of Law, and will be contributing to research and giving seminars to students on employment law and the British legal system.