New Honorary Doctors Appointed at Uppsala University - Nancy T. Ammerman
Congratulations to professor Nancy T. Ammerman for her Honorary Doctors Appoinment at Uppsala University!
Ammerman has been an important part of the RVS Research School/ MF School of theology, religion and society for many years.
This is what the Uppsala university writes:
"The nine faculties at Uppsala University have decided on who they wish to appoint as honorary doctors this academic year. The new honorary doctors include researchers in fields as diverse as string theory, maternal healthcare, evolutionary biology, the European history of ideas, prostata cancer and preschool pedagogy.
Honorary doctor, or doctor honoris causa, is a title awarded to those who have made an outstanding scientific contribution or otherwise promoted research at the university. It is always the faculties themselves who appoint honorary doctors, rather than the vice-chancellor or university management in general.
Faculty of Theology: Nancy T. Ammerman is professor of sociology of religion at the Sociology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Theology at Boston University. Professor Ammerman is a prominent researcher in the field of “lived religion”, which argues for the study of how religion is expressed in daily life, rather than attempting to understand its individual and societal significance through dogma and organisations. Her books Everyday Religion:Observing Modern Religious Lives and Sacred Stories and Spiritual Tribes:Finding Religion in Everyday Life are central works in the field’s theoretical and methodological development and are used in many research topics within theology and religious sciences. Professor Ammerman is the recipient of several awards for the contribution her previous studies of fundamentalist Christian congregations in the United States have made to understanding the internal dynamics and societal role of these movements. She served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion from 2004-2005, Chair of the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association from 2000-2001 and President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion from 1995-1996."
Leadership in faith-based organizations. Congratulations to Stephen Sirris!
RVS member Stephen Sirris defended his thesis "Managers negotiating identities. Hybridizing professionalism and managerialism in faith-based health organizations and in religious organizations” at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Friday 18 October.
The thesis explores how reforms as institutional change have an impact within organizations. When managerial roles are developed, questions of identity are raised and the balance of profession and management is re-constructed. The thesis is based on a multiple, embedded case study in a faith-based hospital and in a diocese within the Church of Norway. It theorizes on how managers negotiate identities in the midst of their everyday work.
RVS 2020: New Call for Application
The research school Religion Values Society (RVS) is recruting 10-15 new PhD-student members, who are working empirically and contemporary with the fields of religion and/or values and society and are in a PhD-program at one of the RVS member institutions.
On education and media influence. We congratulate Audun Toft!
RVS member Audun Toft defended his thesis "Conflict and Entertainment: Media Influence on Religious Education in Upper Secondary School in Norway" at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society Friday 13 September.
His thesis explores media influence on religious education (RE) through a case study of an upper secondary school in Norway. Approaching the question of media presence and use in the RE classroom through a mediatization perspective, the thesis studies how various media impact on the conditions for teaching and learning about religion. In addition to a general focus on media and RE, the thesis has a particular focus on contested issues concerning religion and on RE lessons about Islam. The research for the thesis was conducted as part of the Scandinavian research project “Engaging with Conflict in Mediatized Religious Environments” (COMREL)