Elena Kalmykova

Researcher at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre

Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3C
751 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Teologiska institutionen
Box 511
751 20 Uppsala

Short presentation

I am a philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests, mainly embodied approaches to religion. In my research I strive to bring together the best of both analytic and continental philosophic traditions and bridge the gap between theoretical and empirical studies of religion. In addition, I am very interested in sciences and use the data of cognitive science of religion in philosophical investigations.

Keywords: phenomenology philosophy of religion embodied approaches religious studies cognitive science of religion

I defended my PhD at Uppsala University, and since then worked in Sweden and in the UK (University of Birmingham, University of Leeds). I am a former Marie Curie Fellow (University of Birmingham, UK). My background is interdisciplinary, it comprises degrees in Oriental Studies, Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion.

My research interest lay in the following areas:

  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of mind

My recent project "Bridging Belief and Practice" was funded by European Commission and done in collaboration with researchers at University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, and Uppsala University. The project aimed at bridging the gap between the theoretical and empirical studies of religion, which up till now developed separately, as the studies of beliefs and the studies of practices.

Now I am using the findings and theoretical developments of "Bridging Belief and Practice" as a basis for a new interdisciplinary project. The idea of this new project is to investigate the embodied rationality by means of elucidating the under-theorised embodied grounds of human reasoning, and their relation to religious and ideological choices and decisions. The project will establish a collaboration between the researchers in philosophy, cognitive science and psychology of religion.

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Elena Kalmykova