Migrant churches and mission, cases from Norway. Congratulations Stian Sørlie Eriksen!
RVS PhD student Stian Sørlie Eriksen has completed a PhD on an innovative topic within migration reserach in Norway: migrant churches and the practice and understanding of mission. The title of his project is "Beyond ‘Reverse Mission’? Transnational Religion, Transforming Spirituality, and Transcultural Mission among Migrant Churches in Norway".
On religion, migration and youth in Norway. We congratulate Hildegunn Valen Kleive!
We congratulate RVS Ph.D. student Hildegunn Valen Kleive! She successfully defended her thesis 10 Mai 2019 at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society.
The title of the thesis is Not that religious. A study of young Tamil religiosity in North-Western Norway.
This is how she describes her work : "In this article based dissertation the aim is to shed light on how young Tamils, mainly Hindus,view their religion and how they practice it. Yet, the aim is more than describing views and practices, the dissertation also intend to suggest how it is generated, in other words why it appears as it does. In order to achieve these aims, I have analysed how the young Tamil Hindus relate to the materiality of religion, in which ways experiences living in North-Western Norway influences their religiosity and how public places of Hindu worship matters for them."
For more about her thesis and defense visit the MF webpage or Volda University College's page.
Call for abstract, the bi-annual BU-RVS seminar
The call for abstract is now out for the bi-annual BU-RVS seminar. Deadline is 30 April.
The 2019 joint seminar between Boston University (BU) and the Research School Religion, Values and Society (RVS) will investigate the field of religion, values and social practices. The ambition of this seminar is to analyze how theories of practice enable expanded understandings of religion and values.
Within the broad field of religion, values and society the seminar looks for empirical contributions to the analysis of religion and/or values as social and material, as practice and inter-acted, and as hybrid and negotiated. This means that the seminar is open to a broad range of issues.
The 2019 seminar will investigate religion and values as social practices. By “social practice” we refer to the broad and heterogeneous tradition which understands practice as a collective phenomenon, as something more than the sum of individual actions. Practices, not the human mind, are understood as the central phenomenon in human life (Schatzki 2001). Social here also includes the material, natural and embodied.
The seminar aims at exploring different theories of practice, at different ways of theorizing practice. The broad range of practice theories come from education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and so on. This means that a typical paper will start with one or more explicit practice theory/theories and use that theory in the empirical study of a case of religion or values.
Interdisciplinary approaches are useful in practice-research in order to clarify how sociological, psychological, educational, theological and philosophical aspects interplay in the making of religion and values. Different kinds of empirical methodologies are wanted, and the papers should have a theorizing aim. This means that the focus is contemporary and empirical-theoretical.
The full paper (6000 words) is due Oct 15.
Programme out for Autumn-seminar!
The full programme for the Autumn-seminar on Life Projectories and Cultural Values is now ready. Find it here
On atheism, gender and social media. We congratulate Evelina Lundmark with her defense!
RVS member Evelina Lundmark defended her thesis “This is the Face of an Atheist”: Performing Private Truths in Precarious Publics at the University of Uppsala 1st February 2019. For more about her work, visit this link