CoMReL is pleased to announce the launch of the Religion: Going Public blog

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. 


Religion: Going Public develops out of a collaboration between researchers in three research projects funded by Norwegian Research Council’s SAMKUL program: Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments (CoMRel), Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA), and Muslim Politics and Governance of Islam: Interactions of Structure and Culture in Multi-religious Europe.

Religion: Going Public brings together reader-friendly scholarly perspectives on contemporary religion in society. More specifically, the blog is bounded by SAMKUL’s overarching focus on cultural conditions underlying social change. Our emphasis is on the multiple ways that contemporary religion plays into societies and social change.

Geographically, our primary focus is on Norway, Scandinavia and Europe. Our goal is to provide socially relevant and stimulating research-based blog posts that speak to public debates about religion.  Religion: Going Public is developed, set up and run by a team of researchers: Helge Årsheim (GOBA), Mona Abdel-Fadil (CoMRel), Ragna Lillevik (Muslim Publics) and Audun Toft (CoMRel). The blog intends to provide scholarly communities, public administrators, decision makers and the general public with insights founded on on-going research about religion in contemporary societies.

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Published Jan. 20, 2016 1:37 PM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2016 2:18 PM