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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

Big portrait of a man and many things around like light, pictures, Dalai Lama. Photo.
Photo: Cecilie Endresen

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

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Published Feb. 26, 2018 12:52 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2022 12:52 PM