Dirk Johannsen

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Academic Interests

  • Popular religion
  • Cultural Studies, narratology and cognitive approaches
  • Theory and method in the study of religion
  • The cultural history of magic, witchcraft and occultism
  • Atheism and secular thought in modernity
  • Literature and religion in modernity
  • Oral traditions
  • Contemporary pilgrimage; spiritual eco-tourism; religion and nature


BA Cultural History and Study of Religions, MA European Culture and Museology.

Regular spring term courses:

  • KULH2001 - Europas Kulturhistorie: Utvalgte Forskningsperspektiver
  • KULH1050 - Witchcraft and Magic in Europe
  • KULH2071 - Fortelling, tradisjon og kultur
  • KULH4171 - Cognitive Cultural Studies 

Regular fall term courses:

  • KULH1001 - Europas Kulturhistorie: En Innføring
  • KULH2090 - Arrangere Fortiden

Ongoing research


Project on the Scientification of Religion in the 19th and 20th century in Cooperation 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 completed his PhD at the University of Bayreuth in 2007. 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
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