Dr. Mirella C.M. Klomp

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Mirella Klomp (the Netherlands, 1979) is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. Rituality, music, food and meals, and the body are her main research topics. She is an acclaimed expert on 'The Passion' and other contemporary Passions staged in the public sphere in the Netherlands.

Mirella Klomp studied theology at VU University in Amsterdam and the Evangelical-Lutheran Seminary in Utrecht (MA 2005). She continued her studies at VU University (MRes with distinction 2006), meanwhile preparing a research proposal for her PhD studies.

During her PhD studies (2006-2008), she specialized in Liturgical ethnography, conducting qualitative empirical research on the sound of worship in two migrant churches in Amsterdam. She took her PhD from the Protestant Theological University (2009). Her dissertation The Sound of Worship was published as the 26th volume of the internationally renowned Liturgia Condenda Series (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2011).

Afterwards she worked as a post-doc researcher in the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University, focusing on ritual-musical practices in the public domain (2010-2012). Again, she engaged in extensive ethnographic fieldwork, focusing on 'The Passion' and other contemporary Passion performances in concert halls and on city squares.

She returned to PThU in 2013 as senior researcher with her project Passio resurrexit. In 2017 she was appointed as Assistant Professor in Practical Theology at PThU. In 2018 she obtained her University Teaching Certificate.

Mirella Klomp is research fellow of Dr Cas Wepener, professor of Liturgical and Homiletical Studies at the Department of Practical Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria, South-Africa. And she has been an ordained minister in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands since 2012.

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