Exploring the non-religious in Norway. Congratulations to Skålvoll Urstad on his PhD-defence
The RVS congratulate RVS member Sivert Skålvoll Urstad on his succsesful defence of his thesis "Ikke religiøse i Norge. Sosiologiske analyser av individer uten religion."!
The thesis was defended at the University of Agder on 4 June. To read more about his thesis and findings see here.
Family therapy and spirituality: Congratulations Åse Holmberg!
RVS member Åse Holmberg defended her thesis "Making room for spirituality? Family therapists' and clients' perceptions and experiences about spirituality in family therapy" at VID, 30 May 2018.
RVS congratulate her!
You can find information on the defence as well as a link to her thesis on this page. And here is a summary of her main findings.
We welcome 12 new RVS members!
The RVS Research School opened up for new students with a call that ended February 15th. We recieved many good appliactions from the various member institutions. The applications have been evaluated by a comittee consisting of people from the University of Bergen, University of Uppsala, VID Spezialised University and the RVS secretariat. We are very happy to welcome 12 new interesting projects into the RVS.
Congratulations to RVS member Daniela Lucia Rapisarda!
Congratulations to Daniela who defended her thesis successfully 8 May, at MF. Her thesis has the title: ”Theology of Inculturation and Liberation In the People to People Peacemaking Process in Southern Sudan (1997-2002).” To read more about her project see here.
Call for applications 2018
Call for Applications 2018 (Deadline February 15th)
We live in a world and in societies where religion and values are changing. There is an increased emphasis on, and appreciation for, acquiring knowledge to understand these processes in their many forms and on their many levels. Currently, empirical studies of religion, values and society are spread across a number of institutions, in relatively small communities. The Research School Religion-Values-Society (RVS) is an initiative by the major Norwegian academic institutions within this field, as well as important institutions in Sweden and the United States, to bring together PhD-students and established scholars in order to develop better research and foster national and international cooperation, primarily through a strengthened and more comprehensive PhD education.
RVS welcomes members researching either religion or values (or both) in a contemporary and empirical perspective. The research school is now open to 5-6 new PhD-students members that are already enrolled in PhD programs at the participating institutions at RVS. These are: MF Norwegian School of Theology, the University of Agder, VID Specialized University, Volda University College, Umeå University, University of Oslo, University of Tromsø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bergen and Uppsala University, with Boston University as an international partner. With the new PhD-students, there will almost 60 PhD-student members in RVS.
RVS is a national research school, with a grant of over NOK 23 million over eight years from the Norwegian Research Council. This grant ensures that the costs connected to participating in RVS courses and seminars will be covered by the RVS for our members.
The RVS Research School offers both mandatory and voluntary courses. Members are eligible to participate in the annual summer school in Lesbos, Greece, which focuses on questions of methodology, theory and practical research in empirical studies, as well as one course each spring and fall that deal with a specific interdisciplinary theme related to religion and/or values, and society. These courses consist of lectures by top international scholars and group sessions that discuss the participants’ own projects and work. In addition, there will be an annual national PhD-seminar for all RVS-students and supervisors, two thematic courses each year, a bi-annual seminar in Boston with Boston University and one online group-session each semester.
Members are required to participate in the annual PhD seminars, the online group-sessions and at least one of the thematic spring/fall-courses each year, with the possibility to take part in more courses of course. This means that members will get a better and more comprehensive education, but the RVS is still an addition to the regular PhD-program at their institutions.
Institution & PhD-program:
Start date of PhD-project and Project Schedule:
Presentation of PhD-project (1-2 pages)
(including research question(s), data material, theoretical perspectives, methods and possible research contribution)