Dirk Johannsen

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Phone +47 22844076
Room 434
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • 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.

Regular courses:

  • 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

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
Tags: Cultural history, Popular Religion, Witchcraft and magic, Narrative cultures, Fairytales and legends, Cognitive Anthropology, Environment and religion, Environmental Humanities
Published Oct. 15, 2013 12:45 PM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2021 11:18 AM