- 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:
- 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 "Retelling stories from the archive: Assessing cognitive approaches to historiography" (pdf) aims on a systematic assessment of cognitive models as historiograpic tools.
- The project "How religion became popular: The reconfiguration of religion in the modern breakthrough" (pdf) analyses the interplay between fiction and religion in the process of the scientification of the concept of religion in the late 19th Century.
- The project "Teaching ‘religion’ in public education: changing understandings, historical premises, and contemporary strategies" (pdf) is about the ways ‘religion’ is handled in public education, introducing a historical and comparative perspective to the contemporary debates
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