- Popular religion and Folklore
- Cultural Studies, narratology and cognitive approaches
- Theory and method in the study of religions
- The cultural history of magic, witchcraft and occultism
- Atheism and secular thought in modernity
- Literature and religion in modernity
- Contemporary pilgrimage; religion and nature
BA Cultural History, BA Study of Religions, MA European Culture.
- KULH1001 - Europas Kulturhistorie: En Innføring
- KULH2001 - Europas Kulturhistorie: Forskningsperspektiver
- KULH1003 - The Cultural History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe
- KULH2009 - Folklore
- KULH4171 - Cognitive Cultural Studies
Ongoing research and cooperation
- Re-Storied Sites and Routes studies how places and routes with a religious or mythical past gain renewed significance. PI for the Norwegian work package. The project is funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism Baltic Research Program in Estonia.
- Stories of Heritage approaches the current pilgrimage revivals in the Nordic countries, studying the heritagisation of religion, the re-storying of landscapes, and environmentalist interpretations of oral traditions.
- The project "How religion became popular: The reconfiguration of religion in the modern breakthrough" analyses the interplay between fiction and religion in the process of the scientification of the concept of religion in the late 19th Century. A collaboration with the University of Basel.
- The Aesthetics of Religion Network: AESToR.net
Higher education and employment history
Dirk Johannsen studied History of Religions and Philosophy at the Universities of Hannover, Germany, and Varanasi, India, and received his PhD at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He worked as a researcher and research coordinator at the Universities of Fribourg and Basel, Switzerland, with additional teaching assignments at the Universities of Bern and Lucerne. Before coming to Oslo, he held a position as Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion at the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
Academic Degrees / Qualifications:
- CAS in Higher Education, University of Bern
- Dr. phil., University of Bayreuth
- Magister Artium, University of Hannover