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The main field of interest of the research group for religious minorities and religious diversity is majority and minority relations. These topics are explored in the thematic intersection between globalization, migration and media. The group members are conducting research on central issues such as individualisation, gender constructions and integration processes, but also concerning political and legal issues such as national minorities, minority rights and identity politics.

Background and projects

The research group, active researchers from different research projects concerning religious minorities and religious diversity meet to exchange and discuss relevant research questions, empirical findings and theoretical approaches. The projects deal with religion in the public sphere, media and religion in social conflicts, migrant communities and media, church and Ethiopian state relations in the media, Jewish identity in Norway today, minority history and educational texts, religious dialogue as political tools, nonreligion, meditation and mind-body consciousness, radicalization and violent extremism, Christian identity construction among young people in low- and free churches and ethnic boundaries and transnational activities among young Muslims.

The research group Religious Minorities and Religious Diversity launches seminaries that enable a comprehensive and multidimensional view on critical issues. The discussions help the researcher to develop and expand their research project, and in particular, where the topic is related to the same research question. The research group has turn out to be a creative community. There is a lot of process-related cooperation between the members, and several of the members are working with the same theories, strategies and methods. All the members are emphasizing the importance of working towards an international research contribution and international publications.

The research group has developed cooperation with visiting scholars to hold lectures on specific issues that are brought up for examination. PhD-candidates and MA-students are also involved in the group as members. They get a response to paper from senior researchers and fellow PhD-candidates. To be enrolled in the research group, the PhD-candidates are required to be admitted to the department’s PhD-program. Furthermore, their research project has to be in the field of religious minorities and religious diversity and have a contemporary, empirical and societal perspective.

Members in the group

Associate members

Ann Kristin Gresaker, forsker II, KIFO Institutt for kirke-, religions- og livssynsforskning
Gwynyth Marshall Øverland, PhD, pensjonist
Hildegunn Schuff, PhD-kandidat, Ansgar teologiske høgskole
Solveig Omland, PhD, Avdelingsleder, NLA Mediehøgskolen Gimlekollen
Kjetil Grødum, forskningsleder og ass.dir Stiftelsen Arkivet
Hege Kristin Ringnes, Universitetet i Oslo
David Herbert, Kingston University
Roald Zeiffert, Høyskolen for ledelse og teologi

Students in the group

G. Birgitte Jaksholt, Masterstudent UIA
Ane Steinsland-Tønnessen, UIA
Sigrun Heimdal Blaavarp, UIA
Stig Andre Storli, UIA
Marte Andersenm UIA
Elena Saltvedt, UIA
Hanne Tharaldsen Åsmundsen, UIA