A webinar on contemporary Christian-cultural values in a migration context – a publication

New publication on religion and migration from the Christian-cultural perspective, commented by two leading international scholars in the field. The publication addresses what kind of society we represent and what we aim to be in the future.

The Nordhost research project invites all to participate, as listeners and as discussants.

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Image may contain: Green, Blue, Publication, Organism, Font.About the Publication

Traditional notions and practices of hospitality are tightly interwoven with religion and religious traditional values. However, different groupings are challenging the religious, taking it into specific other, often political arenas. This publication reconstructs the connection between religion and migration, drawing on post-colonial perspectives to shed light on what religion can contribute to migrant encounters.

The book is available: at Routledge. A 20% Discount Available - enter the code SOC21 at checkout*

Contributing Authors:

  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen (UIO)
  • Werner Jeanrond (UIO)
  • Hans-Joachim Sander (University of Salzburg)
  • Ulrich Schmiedel (University of Edinburgh)
  • Federico Settler (University of Kwazulu-Natal)
  • Arne Johan Vetlesen (UIO)
  • Kaspar Villadsen (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Bernhard Waldenfels (Ruhr University)
  • Rasmus Willig (Roskilde University)
  • Maartje van der Woude (Leiden Law School)
  • Trygve Wyller (UIO)


  • 3:30 pm Welcome
    Trygve Wyller, University of Oslo
  • 3:35 pm Book presentations, Contemporary Christian-cultural values in a migration context
    Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia Rønsdal
  • 3:45 pm Migration – a Christianity test case - Daisy Machado (Professor, Union Theological Seminary, New York)
  • 4:05 pm Nordic Christianity – profiled by migration? - Mattias Martinson (Professor, Department of Theology, Uppsala University)
  • 4:25 pm Open discussion for all participants.


Image may contain: Necklace, Forehead, Nose, Cheek, Smile.Dr. Daisy L. Machado

Professor of American Religious History at Union Theological Seminary where she also served as dean of academic affairs, the second woman and first Latina to occupy this position. An ordained minister who also lived and taught in Texas for twenty years, she continues to take her seminary students to the Texas/Mexico border on immersion trips to examine the lived reality of this complicated borderland.


Image may contain: Clothing, Forehead, Glasses, Outerwear, Shirt.Dr. Mattias Martinson

Professor of Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews at University of Uppsala (Sweden). His main research interests are philosophical and cultural theology, critical theory and continental philosophy where his research focus lies in combining Christian faith, traditional western philosophy and postmodern cultural theory. Martinson is currently the Deputy Vice Rector of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was until recently the Dean of the Faculty of Theology between 2014 and 2020.


Image may contain: Glasses, Glasses, Face, Smile, Lip.Dr. Cecilia Nahnfeldt

Doctor of Theology and Docent of Gender Studies, currently Head of Research at the Church of Sweden’s research unit in Uppsala (Sweden).
Her research areas include Lutheran theology, migration, gender studies focusing on employment and gender equality, and social and nonprofit educational innovation. She is currently involved in a research project on nonprofit innovation in the wake of societal challenges.


Image may contain: Necklace, Forehead, Nose, Hair, Lip.Dr. Kaia Rønsdal

Dr. Kaia Rønsdal is Associate Professor in the field of Leadership, Dialogue and Care in Plural Contexts at the Faculty of Theology, UiO. Her main research interests include religion and migration, dialogue, spatial theory, urbanity, phenomenology, and theological ethics. Her current work is dedicated to exploring the concept of hospitality and grassroots dialogue movements in the Nordic borderlands.

About NordHost

NordHost: Nordic Hospitalities in a Context of Migration and Refugee Crisis (2017-2020) is an international, interdisciplinary research group funded by UIO: Nordic. The group explored Nordic civil society practices that oppose and challenge the existing border regimes and examine what kind of values are emerging within such practices. Previous research indicates that some of these practices are ground for creating alternative identities, where not only hosts, but also migrants themselves act beyond the host/guest binary and seem to become more active subjects and agents.

Publications from the project

  • Bendixsen, Synnøve K. N./Wyller Trygve (eds). 2019. Contested Hospitalities in a Time of Migration: Religious and Secular Counterspaces in the Nordic Region, (Religion, Resistance, Hospitalities), Routledge
  • Nahnfeldt, Cecilia/Rønsdal, Kaia S. (eds). 2021. Contemporary Christian-Cultural Values: Migration Encounters in the Nordic Region, (Religion, Resistance, Hospitalities), Routledge
Published June 2, 2021 7:49 PM - Last modified June 16, 2021 7:29 PM