Research groups

ATTR research group focuses on the methods, processes, and history of the interpretation of texts that have been or are perceived of as authoritative in distinct social and institutional settings.

It is an interdisciplinary group for open for PhDs and researchers who are working within the fields of Theology, Law and the Humanities, and who are affiliated with ATTR or employed at the Faculty of Theology. The Research group is led by Prof. Hugo Lundhaug.

The research group studies Biblical texts, not only limited to the canonical scriptures, and these texts’ formative time. Our researchers also look at the material culture which history has handed over to us from the early centuries.

The research group Coptic Texts and Manuscripts consists of both permanent academic staff, postdocs, and PhD-students at the Faculty of Theology, as well as external collaborators, working on Coptic texts and manuscripts from the entire period of Coptic literary production.

The research group Eastern Christian Daily Office studies the daily liturgical (non-eucharistic) services of Eastern Churches. It consists of scholars of the University of Oslo as well as Nordic and international scholars. It is led by Professor Stig Frøyshov of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, and is based there. The research group continues and expands the research group ‘Hymnography of Constantinople’, begun in 2017. Its activity includes reading groups, seminars/workshops and ongoing scholarly exchanges, as well as the development of research projects.

The spatial turn is part of normative studies in the humanities and social sciences as well as in theology. This research  group is studying practices, contemporary and also historical, from a spatialized perspective (Foucault/Lefebvre), but also phenomenological traditions).  In the next years the research group will focus, theologically and ethically, on  resistance developing out of the lived practice in spaces.

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Studies and research in the field of Interreligious Studies focus on the relation between different religions and world views – varying from conflict to dialogue – in the wider perspective of religion and society. The relational perspective is a defining feature of the approach processes of change in religiously pluralist societies an important part of the horizon. Research in the field include text-based as well as empirical approaches.

The field of study includes the relation between religion and secularity as well as Islamic theology - which is dealt with in an interreligious perspective. 

For interreligious studies and research on interreligious relations, see additional entry in Norwegian.

Cf. horizon document (from 2000).

A main goal of the research group is to analyze and interpret Protestant tradition from the Reformation period through the 19th and 20th centuries to the current multi-religious context within a Nordic and an international context, bringing research on Norway and the Nordic countries out of isolation due to a tendency to publish results in native languages and into a broader international comparative discourse on religion, culture and society.

Werner G. Jeanrond (left) and Marius Timmann Mjaaland (right). Photo: Faculty of Theology.

Research in Systematic Theology concerns the central questions of Christian faith in our multi-religious and globalising world. Moreover, it discusses appropriate methods for a critical and self-critical Christian theology for the benefit of its three major publics, i.e. church, society, and academy.