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I am a university lecturer, associate professor (docent) and researcher in church history at Åbo Akademi University. In my original research I have studied the history and legacy of the Christian mission and European colonialism in Africa; in particular, in Tanzania and Namibia. Lately, I have focused on issues relating to cultural memory and religious as well as political uses of the past. In this work, I have especially focused on Protestantism, pietism, and the Christian mission in Finland and Africa, as well as on the "re-building" of cultural memory sites in the former GDR. At present my main focus interest is the university church in Leipzig: a church that the GDR regime demolished and which was later rebuilt to be inaugurated in 2017. I study the rebuilding process through a lens of memory, heritage, and activism.
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Chairperson, Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture
1 Jul 2022 → 30 Jun 2025
Management committee member, COST Action - Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change
2021 → 2025
Board member, Centre for the Study of Christian Cultures (University of Turku)
2017 → …
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Vikström, B., Slotte, P., Groop, K., Lindqvist, P. & Rosenius, M., 3 Jan 2023, In: Studia Theologica. 77, 1, p. 77-101 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile32 Downloads (Pure)
Groop, K. & Dahlbacka, J., 1 Sept 2023, In: Approaching Religion. 13, 2, p. 1-5
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › ScientificOpen Access
Groop, K. (ed.), Dahlbacka, J. (ed.), Illman, R. (ed.), Bugge Amundsen, A., Stengs, I., Gunner, G., Nordbäck, C., Seits, I., Holmes, J., Andersson, E. J. & Hellöre, L-L., 1 Sept 2023, Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History. 136 p. (Approaching Religion)
Research output: Book/Journal/Report › Edited Book/Edited Journal › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile30 Downloads (Pure)
A university church going online: Traditionality and experimentality in YouTube worship services at the university church in LeipzigGroop, K. S., 2022, Creating Through Mind and Emotions. Ming Kong, M., do Rosário Monteiro, M. & Pereira Neto, M. J. (eds.). Routledge, (PHI).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Groop, K., 12 Oct 2022, In: Katsomukset.fi.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › General publicOpen Access
COST Action - Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change (External organisation)
Kim Groop (Chair)14 Oct 2021 → 13 Oct 2025
Activity: Membership › Membership of board