Ringo Ringvee (MTh, University of Helsinki; PhD, University of Tartu) holds an academic position of Professor extraordinarius of Comparative Religion at the Theological Institute of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. He holds a post of adviser at the Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior of Estonia. He is also affiliated with the University of Tartu as a member in research group for religious studies at the Center of Excellence in Cultural Theory. He has published articles on the relations between the state and religious associations in the Baltic States as well as contemporary religious situation in Estonia.
His recent publications include “Religion and Nation-Building in Estonia: Some Perspectives on Secular Society,” in G. Simons and D. Westerlund (eds.). Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries, Ashgate (2015), ‘Religion: Not declining but changing: What do the population censuses and surveys say about religion in Estonia?’ Religion, 2014 (44(3)), ‘The State, New Religious Movements, and Legislation on Religion: A Case Study of Three Baltic States.’ in David M. Kirkham (ed.). State Responses to Minority Religions. Ashgate (2013), ‘Regulating Religion in a Neoliberal Context: The Transformation of Estonia,’ in T. Martikainen and F. Gauthier (eds.). Religion in the Neoliberal Age: Political Economy and Modes of Governance, Ashgate (2013).
Conference abstract "The Baltics and Religion - Differences and/or Similarities?"
From geographical, economical and political perspective three Baltic countries may look quite similar and forming kind of a single entity. Nothing of this, however, holds true if to look to religion in these three countries. The differences concerning religion in all of its aspects are huge between these three Baltic States. The questions that are addressed in the speech are: What are these differences and what are the reasons behind these differences? And is there still something similar between Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia?