Governing religion - interfaith dialogue

"Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters" is the full title of the CoMRel seminar arranged by postdoc Louise Lund Liebmann at the University of Agder 30 March. CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

Louise Lund Liebmann

The concept of interfaith dialogue has been introduced by scholars of different religions. The aim has been to find solutions from within religions to handle encounters with religious ‘others’. As such, interfaith dialogue has increasingly become a tool to solve problems of integration and geopolitical conflicts. Thus the focus has changed from religion as the solution to an ontologically given differentiation, to religion being the problem that must be transgressed to meet on equal terms. This seminar aimed at PhD-students critically engaged with the ways in which interfaith dialogue constitutes a means to govern religion and the religious, and it explores which forms of religion that are produced from these organized cultural encounters and raises questions as to which roles local government, migration and media play.

The seminar is organized by the research project “Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments” (CoMRel) and University of Agder.


Morning session 9.00-12.00: Keynote presentations

Assistant professor Mar Griera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain: The interfaith movement and the local governance of religious diversity.

Associate professor Lise Paulsen Galal, Roskilde University, Denmark: Interfaith dialogue as organized and moral encounters.

Commentators: David Herbert, Kingston University London/University of Agder & Magdelena Nordin, Lund University.


Afternoon session 12.30-17.00

12.30-13.15 Presentation by Louise Lund Liebmann, Postdoc at University of Agder, Norway: Interfaith dialogue in Christian Norway: the government of Islam.

13.30-17.00 The rest of the seminar will take the form of a workshop and provide an opportunity to present on-going Ph.D.-projects (app. 30-45 min. each) and receive comments from the lectures, commentators and fellow Ph.D.-students.


The seminar is free of charge. Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided as well as mandatory reading for the seminar (app. 3 texts). The seminar is open for all, but preregistration is necessary. Deadline for registration: March 7 2016 to Louise Lund Liebmann ( For those PhD-students who want to present a paper: please add an abstract of 200 words. Notification of paper acceptance will be given shortly after the deadline. The seminar organizers are currently awaiting ECTS approval from the Ph.D. committee at University of Agder.  

Published Jan. 18, 2016 4:16 PM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2016 11:03 AM