Yvonne Maria Werner

Affiliated with the university, Dr phil., professor, Dr theol. hc

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In my doctoral thesis, I studied Swedish-German trade relations around 1900, and I have also analysed the management of suicide in the early modern era. But my research is mainly dealing with the re-establishment of the Catholic Church and Nordic Catholicism Scandinavia in the 19th and 20th century with focus on culture, identity, gender, mmission and conversion. On the basis of mission reports from Catholic priests and members of religious orders and congregations, conversion stories and instructions from the Roman ecclesiastical authorities, I have studied the Catholic mission and conversion, identity constructions and cultural encounters between the Catholic and the Protestant. Until the theological reorientation of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, the Catholic activities aimed at winning converts and to create a Catholic ‘milieu’ with churches, associations, schools, hospitals, periodicals etc. The majority of the Catholic priests and women religious at work in Scandinavia came from Catholic Europe, whereas the Catholic parishes were predominantly made up by Scandinavian converts. In several of my works, I have examined the role played by Catholic sisters in these missionary activities and illustrated that female consecrated life can be seen as an alternative strategy of emancipation. Further, I have studied Catholicism and masculinity, taking my starting point in theories on feminisation, masculinisation and confessionalisation of Christianity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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