Memorial Lectures

The Faculty of Theology has 3 bi-annual memorial lectures: the Dahl Lecture, the Mowinckel Lecture and the Aasta Hansteen Lecture of Gender and Religion.


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The Aasta Hansteen Lecture

The Aasta Hansteen Lecture on Gender and Religion is named after an early Norwegian feminist and activist. Aasta Hansteen (1824-1908) had the courage of a pioneer to engage in critical discourse on gender, culture and theology to help promote women’s rights both in Scandinavia and North America. In memory of Aasta Hansteen and her spiritual kin, an internationally distinguished scholar is bi-annually invited to the Faculty of Theology to give a lecture and a seminar on seminal topics and theories in the academic fields of gender and religion, and feminist theology and philosophy. The lecture series was inaugurated in September 2011 as part of celebrating 200 years of academic theology at the University of Oslo.

Previous Aasta Hansteen Lectures

The Dahl Lecture

The Faculty of Theology presents every other year an international lecture in honour of  Nils Alstrup Dahl. He was a professor at the University of Oslo and at Yale University, USA, and Norway’s most international New Testament scholar in the 20th century. His publications ranged widely thematically, and in time, from 1936 until 2000, and his ideas are still discussed. Dahl played a role in initiating the new Historical Jesus research in the 1950s. Dahl was born 25th of June 1911 and died July 2nd in 2001.

The Mowinckel Lecture

Sigmund Mowinckel (1884–1965) was one of his time’s leading biblical scholars – and one of very few Norwegian theologians in the 20th century that could claim to have a really international name. As professor at the University of Oslo (1922–1954) and through a comprehensive academic production, Sigmund Olaf Plytt Mowinckel offered contributions of lasting value for the understanding of different types of biblical Hebrew literature, such as historical  narrative, prophetical books and poetical texts. The work that first brought Mowinckel his international fame were his six volumes in the series of  Psalmenstudien (“Psalm Studies”, 1921–24). This row of studies, published in the provincial town of Oslo, Norway, turned out to exert lasting influence upon the academic study of the biblical Book of Psalms. For a more comprehensive account of Mowinckel’s life and work, please consult S. Hjelde, Sigmund Mowinckel und seine Zeit, Leben Und Werk Eines Norwegischen Alttestamentlers (Forschungen Zum Alten Testament), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006.

During the celebration of Mowinckels 100th birthday, a symposion was offered at the Faculty of Theology (27 September 1984). Subsequently, the annual Mowinckel lecture was established and arranged every year. From the year 2001, the Mowinckel lecture alternates with the Dahl-lecture (after the New Testament professor Nils Alstrup Dahl), so that each is offered every second year. During the first some 30 years the invited Mowinckel lecturers were recognized, well-established international researchers. Moe recently, the faculty decided to let the Mowinckel lecture reflect the efforts of the biblical scholars at TF to formulate biblical research so as to be relevant to the 21st Century intellectual and cultural climate. Currently, therefore, we also invite younger scholars that we see as coming intellectual notabilities, and with research that we find relevant for our ongoing efforts to develop biblical studies as something more than a museal enterprise.

A list of recent Mowinckel lecuteres is found here. Normally, the Mowinckel lectures are subsequently published in the journal of Studia Theologica.