Religion and Politics (RelPol)
A multi-disciplinary research initiative with participants from across the department, including the Study of Religion, Culture Studies and Middle East and Asia Area Studies.
About the group
The Religion and Politics (RelPol) initiative asserts that in our increasingly globalised world the domains of religion and politics are mutually constitutive and shape each other in ever-novel ways. The outcomes are unpredictable and sometimes violent.
RelPol focuses on the interface of religion and politics, and brings the humanities to the fore in a field of great social concern. The participants cover a range of methodological and theoretical approaches and emphasise contextually grounded knowledge to shed new light on acute and complex religio-political issues.
The initiative grew out of a collaborative effort to launch an interdisciplinary research and teaching initiative I 2017 (Faglige prioriteringer III). In 2018-19 we arranged weekly meetings discussing individual projects and provide a forum where ph.d. students could present their projects for discussion. This activity stopped when the Covid pandemic put a stop to all physical gatherings.
In 2020-21 the collaboration was restricted to joint teaching of the interdisciplinary MA course (10 credits) in Religion and Politics. Our current plan is to develop a closer research-teaching collaboration involving both post graduate students and ph.d. candidates in regular sessions with a view to develop our joint and individual research efforts.
Projects and research groups
- Value Politics
- Leadership and popular participation in Asian democracies
- Mobile Muslims
- Stories of Heritage
- Cosmopolitan Alternatives
- Rebel Governance
- Sacred Heritage