I have worked mainly with magic and ritual practice in late antiquity, but hope to proceed on how scholars use and deal with ancient artefacts with and without a known provenance. I also examine diversity and representation in religious education. I teach quite broadly within religious studies, with an emphasis on philology and history of religion, and also in teachers education.
My research deals with history of religion, theoretical development, religious practices, ritual, popular religion, magic and material culture.
In religious studies I teach holy scripture, reception and theoretical perspective, as well as religion and society. In teachers education I teach in religious education for teachers, in topics like Christianity, world religions, religion and society, religious studies and secular worldviews.
01/2019 – Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Agder (Norway)
08/2018 – 12/2018 Associate Professor, Religious Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Norway)
09/2017 – 07/2018 Assistant Professor, Religious Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Norway)
09/2012 – 08/2017 Research Fellow, Religious Studies, MF Norwegian School of Theology (Norway)
10/2011 – 03/2012 Research Fellow, Institute for Pre- and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg (Germany) Collaborative Research Centre 933 “Material Text Cultures”
Member of the networks:
Claimed Pasts (UiA)
Holy scripture and authoritative texts (UiA)
NTNU RE Research Group (NTNU)
The Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the First Millennium (Nordic PhD-network)
Dembra LU (Norwegian network for working with democracy and against racism and discrimination in education)
Jødedom i KRLE etter fagfornyelsen: Holocaust-religion og proto-kristendom, eller religiøst mangfold og levende tradisjon? med Morten Beckmann og Martin Smith-Gahrsen, UiA (2020- )
Healing, belief and placebo: Medical and religious plurality in late antiquity, with Ágnes T. Mihálykó (UiO/University of Vienna) (2018- )
Regular contributor: Ukens spørsmål, Morgenbladet
20.07.2018 "Seeing the forest but missing the trees.” Marginalia Review of Books
12.01.2018 “Doktoren svarer: Magiske skåler på Menighetsfakultetet.” Morgenbladet (2): 21.
04.08.2017 “Forlik og ulovlege oldtidssaker.” Dag og Tid.
05/2016 “Ikonoklasme – kamp om historia.” Syn og Segn 122(2): 48-56.
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