How did pilgrimage become a contemporary phenomenon visible in the public space in Norway? In her thesis Pilgrimage Matters: Administrative and Semiotic Landscapes of Contemporary Pilgrimage Realisations in Norway, Hannah Kristine Lunde analyses the main developments of pilgrimage as a contemporary field in Norway from the 1990s to the present. Through a comparative perspective on the Sunniva Route to the island of Selja and the St Olav Ways to Trondheim, Lunde draws attention to how pilgrimage matters not only concern a growing number of individual pilgrims but also entails large-scale administrative projects ranging from local to transnational levels.
Grounded in extensive ethnological fieldwork and thorough document analysis, Lunde has studied how landscapes are made visible and visitable as pilgrimage routes, gaining historical depth through legends of saints and references to pilgrims seeking their shrines prior to the Protestant Reformation. The thesis contributes to new perspectives on how a range of stakeholders, including “pilgrimage bureaucrats” and “long-term pilgrims”, take part in developing pilgrimage accommodation and infrastructures for long-distance hikes and sea voyages, actualising historical shrines and patron saints as part of a heritagisation of religious history, renewed ecumenism and contemporary cultural heritage politics.
The defence is open to the public. It is also possible to follow the defence via livestream. Only those present in the auditorium can speak ex auditorio.
Designated topic: “The Uses of Visual Methodology in Cultural History and Pilgrimage Studies”
Time and place: 13 October, 4:15 p.m., Sophus Bugges hus, auditorium 2
The trial lecture is open to the public. It is also possible to follow the trial lecture via livestream.
Professor John Eade, University of Roehampton (first opponent)
Dr. Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch, Åbo akademi / Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (second opponent)
Professor Arne Bugge Amundsen, University of Oslo (committee administrator)
Chair of the defence
Head of research Jacob Høigilt
Professor Dirk Johannsen, University of Oslo
Professor Ane Ohrvik, University of Oslo
Professor Simon Coleman, University of Toronto