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 Coptic Texts and Manuscripts consists of both permanent academic staff and PhD-students at the Faculty of Theology, as well as external collaborators, working on Coptic texts and manuscripts.

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.

Who were the first Christians? What did they think and write? How did they live, and what do their perspectives mean for us today? These and many other questions are posed in the research group New Testament and Early Christian Studies.

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.

The central set of questions this group will systematically investigate over the next three years is who likely produced the book of Deuteronomy, when, where and why, in light of its ideology? These issues remain debated or under-explored in biblical scholarship.  A fresh re-examination of each by an international team of scholars with different strengths and theoretical and methodological approaches should yield interesting and perhaps novel suggestions.