Sini Mikkola

Oh, behave! That is, how to be a human being in the sixteenth century? I am a doctor of theology and a church historian, interested in the rhetorical processes of building proper ways to be a human being in the Reformation era. My interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation (University of Helsinki 2017) examined Martin Luther’s construction of the ideal Christian by looking at his view on proper masculine and feminine ways of being, and by asking, how human bodiliness was linked to this construction. In my postdoctoral research, I am expanding my perspective to investigation of religious identity building processes of sixteenth century German writers, both female and male, by examining their autobiographical texts. During 2019 and 2020, I work as the university lecturer of church history at the University of Eastern Finland.