Forskningsparken II (map)
Under the CoMRel workshop at the Metochi Study Centre on Lesbos in May 2016, the project advisor Marie Gillespie met the photographer Knut Bry. They engaged with the refugee situation at the Greek island. At the CoMRel concluding conference in Oslo two years later they presented a book, Communities of Solidarity, and a video with images from the book, available for all who would like to support this work of solidarity.
Mona Abdel-Fadil has published her study of "Identity Politics in a Mediatized Religious Environment on Facebook: Yes to Wearing the Cross Whenever and Wherever I Choose", in Journal of Religion in Europe.
An article on Interfaith Dialogue in Christian Norway: Enactment of Inclusive Religiosity as Civilized Behavior, based on Louise Lund Liebmann's research in the CoMRel project, is published in Journal of Religion in Europe.
The CoMRel researchers Stig Hjarvard and Mattias Pape Rosenfeldt has published a study on the comedy show Det slører stadig [Still Veiled] in Danish Television. Read their article Giving Satirical Voice to Religious Conflict in the Nordic Journal of Religion and Society.
A study of Religion Between Politics and Media: Conflicting Attitudes to Islam in Scandinavia is published in Journal of Religion in Europe. The study builds on the CoMRel survey. The article is written in cooperation between Knut Lundby, Stig Hjarvard, Mia Lövheim and Haakon H. Jernsletten.
The Religion: Going Public blog discusses various aspects of contemporary religion in the public sphere, and aims to disseminate on-going research findings to wider audiences and engage with and inform public debates on religion.
CoMRel-researcher Pål Repstad, together with Anne Løvland, has published an article on "Religious symbols in public spaces: Asking people in and out of context" with data from the CoMRel survey.
The SAMKUL board has awarded CoMRel additional funding for a series of seminars on "New Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies." The first will take place at the Sigtuna Foundation from 31 October to 2 November 2016. CoMRel cooperates on this outreach initiative with the two other SAMKUL projects Formatting Religion and Muslim Politics.
Professor Liv Ingeborg Lied at the Norwegian School of Theology, participating in CoMRel, is appointed to the new SAMKUL board.
CoMRel presented preliminary results at NordMedia 2015.
Louise Lund Liebmann is the new CoMRel postdoc to work on community studies (subproject 2) from the University of Agder. She has background in history of religions from Copenhagen University.
Professor Birgit Meyer, on CoMRel's Advisory Board, has received the most prestigious academic award in the Netherlands, the Spinoza Prize.
TNS Gallup has undertaken a survey for CoMRel with 1000 respondents in each of the Scandinavian countries. The data are now being analyzed.
Audun Toft is named Ph.d-fellow in the CoMRel project from February 2015. He will be based at MF Norwegian School of Theology. MF also funds this scholarship.
Mona Abdel-Fadil will be postdoc researcher in the CoMRel project from January 2015, based at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.