In September 2017 RVS hosted its autumn course on "Intercultural Encounters: Migration, Religion and Values". The course was held at VID Specialized University in Stavanger (Norway), and brought together senior academics from RVS member institutions, staff at VID, speakers and 27 RVS PhD students. The two intense days included paper workshops and lectures by renowned scholars of migration and intercultural studies from different disciplines. For the full program see here
The speakers at the course were:
Marta Bivand Erdal, Senior Researcher PRIO is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). She is a Human Geographer and conducts research in South Asia (mainly Pakistan), Norway and Poland. She combines research on migration and transnational practices, with research on living together in culturally and religiously diverse societies.
Afe Adogame, Professor Princeton Theological Seminary is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Christianity and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, a leading scholar of the African Diaspora. He holds a PhD in history of religions from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He focuses on interrogating new dynamics of religious experiences and expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on African Christianities and new indigenous religious movements; the interconnectedness between religion and migration, globalization, politics, economy, media and the civil society.
Steven Sandage, Professor Boston University is Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology at Boston University and Director of Research at the Danielsen Institute. He has received rewards for combining theology and psychology in research on topics like forgiveness, spiritual development, family therapy and relational development, and he is also a licensed psychologist practicing at the Danielsen Institute.