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About the group

A main goal of the research group is to analyze and interpret Protestant tradition from the Reformation period through the early modern period and 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 into a broader international comparative discourse on religion, culture and society.

The group takes as its point of departure the fact that Norwegian society has been deeply influenced by Protestant religion in several respects. This influence not only is relevant for analyzing religious life but also for understanding broader sets of values, ethical standards, cultural traditions and political systems in Norway/Nordic societies. Contrary to most of traditional Norwegian research in this field, the group presupposes that Nordic Protestantism has to be investigated within an interdisciplinary and international context in order to be properly interpreted.

Recently completed research projects

Projects financed by the Norwegian Research Council:

Project financed by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area):

  • Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law (Research group leader is the Norwegian PI)

Projects in progress

  • The Nordic Pastor. A Profession in Historical Perspective.
  • Exporting Nordic sin: Value encounters in Danish and Norwegian missions 1720-1850.


The research group is engaged in a broad spectrum of international and national research cooperation.

The former group leader Tarald Rasmussen is a board member of the Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC).

The group members are active participants in the annual conferences of REFORC, the American Sixteenth Century Society, the American Academy of Religion and the Norwegian Historical Association (Norske historiedager) 

PhD candidates connected to the research group and their projects

  • Kaja Merete Haug Hagen - “’O holy cross, you are all our help and comfort”. Wonderworking Crosses and Crucifixes in Late Medieval and Early Modern Norway”. On 10 December Kaja defended her dissertation at the Faculty of Theology. Congratulations!
  • Sjur Atle Furali – The Decalogue and criminal legislation in early modern Denmark
  • Jon Petter Heesch - Deconstructing die Sichtungszeit- understanding Zinzendorfs Blood and Wounds theology
  • Helge Asbjørn Staxrud – Hunting for Witches
  • Frode Lagset – The theology of Tor Aukrust

Academic programmes and courses

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