Lived religion: practice, power and protest

Lived religion is by now an established field in religious studies. Foregrounding experience as the central analytical key for understanding, interpreting and living religion, the field of lived religion comprises of multiple approaches and methodologies as well as a wide variety of topics.

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In RVS fall 2021, we wish to explore the aspects of lived religion that pay attention to  power and protest not only as central and timely concerns, but also as a way of pushing the field forward. We wish to focus on religion as a doing and as a living, which also includes making (religion) livable.

Some questions to be explored: What are the various ways in which power operates in the field of lived religion? What are the ways in which power moves and shifts when religion becomes a doing? How do processes of polarization and techniques of polarizing interweave/emerge in lived religion? What are the ways in which a focus on lived religion informs possibilities (or alternatively, challenges) for protest? And, what is the nature of protest within the field of lived religion?

In attempts at making religion (more) livable, what is the role of protest, and how is power negotiated? Thematically, we wish to focus on lived religion in relation to the workings of gender and sexuality, as well as lived religion in relation to the later developments in the field of religion and ecology (religion in the Anthropocene, environmental humanities, the human and other-than or non-human). We also have a keen attention on creativity, the performative as well as ritual and ritualizing  dimensions of living and lived religion.

The seminar (key notes, responses and plenary sessions) is open for PhDs and faculty members of the Faculty of Theology. All other participation is through registration and membership of the RVS research school.

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Monday November 8

  • 09:00 Registration, coffee.
  • 10:00 Welcome: Lived religion, practice, protest and power. What is it? How to study it? Nina Hoel (chair of the seminar committee)
  • 10:15 Keynote 1: Enacting religious experience: Between active doing and submission. Michal Pagis
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Keynote 2: (The) Discipline and the Confessional: Power and Protest in the Practices of Religion and Scholarship. Melissa M. Wilcox [zoom]
  • 12:00 Responses by Ph.D. candidates 
    Discussion. Henriette Hanky, Espen Gilsvik & Nina Hoel
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Paper seminars in groups
  • 16:00 End of day’s program
  • 19:00 Dinner at “Der Peppern Gror”. NB! The newly opened in Bogstadveien 1.

Tuesday November 9

  • 09:15 Welcome, Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen (chair of the day)
  • 09:30 Keynote 3: Towards a Deleuzian Religious Studies Paul-Francois Tremlett [zoom]
  • 10:15 Coffee
  • 10:30 Responses: Ida Marie Høeg and Jone Salomonsen
  • 11:00 Discussion in groups & plenary
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Paper seminars in groups
  • 15:30 Snack
  • 19:30 Dinner at Südøst, Trondheimsveien 5.

Wednesday November 10

  • 09:15 Welcome, Jone Salomonsen (chair of the day)
  • 09:30 Keynote 4: Lived Islam, Gender and Power. Nina Hoel
  • 10:15 Response. Mia Lövheim
  • 10:30 Joint discussion
  • 11:00 Keynote 5: Remaking the land: Climate strikes and protest. Sarah M. Pike [zoom]
  • 11:45 Response: Jens-Ole Köhrsen og Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Panel discussion: Theoretical and methodological issues and challenges.
  • 14:30 Evaluation
  • 15:00 End
Published Oct. 27, 2021 1:33 PM - Last modified Oct. 27, 2021 3:08 PM