Keynote Speakers



Image result for professor werner jeanrond theologyAfter six years at Oxford University (England), Werner Jeanrond has now moved to Norway to become a Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Oslo. He was formerly Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University (Scotland) and the University of Lund (Sweden). He is the author of seven books, including The Theology of Love, which will be a key text for the conference. His internationally-influential research has focused on relationality and hospitality toward others in the Christian tradition.




Image result for kevin hart professor virginiaKevin Hart is a Professor at the University of Virginia (US), working at the intersection of literature, theology and phenomenology. He was formerly Professor of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Notre Dame (US) and Monash University (Australia). He is the author of seventeen books of criticism and fourteen books of poetry. His work has been instrumental in bringing French phenomenology to the attention of English literature scholars.





Christian Refsum is Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. He has published broadly on poetry and on symbolist and modernist literature and film. His latest books are Kjærlighet som religion. Lidenskap og lengsel i film og litteratur på 2000-tallet (Universitetsforlaget, 2016) (Love as Religion: Passion and Longing in the Film and Literature of the 2000s) and Living Together: Roland Barthes, the Individual and the Community (co-edited with Knut Stene-Johansen and Johan Schimanski). (Transcript Verlag, 2018). He has also published a collection of short stories, two poetry collections and two novels.