The Repstad Seminar: Studying Religion in Contemporary Society
This open seminar takes the scholarly work of our colleague professor Pål Repstad as its point of departure. As he is about to retire from his ordinary position at the University of Agder, we give him and ourselves this opportunity to discuss some of his main scholarly interests and perspectives. The seminar concentrates on a further clarification of the social science contribution to the understanding of religiousness in late modern societies. The symposium will also discuss the relevance of social science studies of religion for other scholarly disciplines.
Pål Repstad is professor in sociology of religion at University of Agder, Norway. He has written extensively on changes in contemporary religion, especially about religion in the Nordic countries. Books by him have been translated into Swedish, Danish, English, Bosnian, Turkish and Persian. He has been editor of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society for many years. His most well-known book in English is An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (2006, co-authored with Inger Furseth). He is an honorary doctor at Uppsala University.
Tuesday May 23, 2017
1025: Pål Repstad, University of Agder: Sociology of religion in contexts
1045: Jim Beckford, University of Warwick: Religious diversity: Sociological issues and perspectives
1215: Mia Lövheim, Uppsala University: Mediatization and religion: reflections on the usefulness of a difficult word
1245: Inger Furseth, University of Oslo: Religious complexity. Using complexity theory to understand multiple trends
1315: Anne Løvland, University of Agder: Social semiotics in the study of religion
1350: Ida Marie Høeg, University of Agder: Lived religion – a tool in theorizing varieties of religion, spirituality and non-religion? The case of new death rituals
1415: Jan-Olav Henriksen, MF Norwegian School of Theology/University of Agder and Paul Leer-Salvesen, University of Agder: Empirically informed theology
1500: Coffee Break
1530: Former Master and PhD candidates supervised by Pål Repstad present their work (10 minutes each):
Nils Justvik: Sports among Conservative Christians – from sin to a gift from God
Irene Trysnes: Camping with God. Roles and rituals at Christian summer festivals for young people
Tomas Rasmussen: Street Religion – Faith among Romanian beggars in Kristiansand
Kristina Grundetjern: The trek and the target. A pilgrimage in Norway
Bjarte Leer-Helgesen: Preaching to Mourners
Tale Steen-Johnsen: Is anyone listening? Religious leaders building peace in times of violent conflict
1645: Pål Repstad: Summing Up
1700: End of seminar
Pål Repstad has for many years been an eager collector of small commercial religious objects. After the seminar, an exhibition based on his collection will open in the university library, with a brief reflection from Pål about what such objects can tell us about contemporary religious trends. After that, there will be mingling and a dinner.
University of Agder, Campus Kristiansand
The University of Agder has agreements with the following hotels
- Thon Hotel Kristiansand
- Scandic Dyreparken Kristiansand
- Comfort Hotel, Kristiansand
- Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
- Radisson Blue Caledonien Krs
- Clarion Hotel Ernst
When booking be sure to mention that you will participate at a conference at the University of Agder to get a reduced price.
A low-cost alternative may be
- Sjøgløtt Hotell Kristiansand
Please register before April 1, 2017
There is no conference fee and the dinner is complementary of the University of Agder.
Contact and further information:
Hans Hodne, Head of Department
Telephone: 38 14 20 66
Mobile: 416 75 581