News from 2015
4th Interdisciplinary Religion and Society Research Directors Colloquium
On the 6-8th of December the 4th Interdisciplinary Religion and Society Research Directors Colloquium takes place at Uppsala University.
Mattias Gardell’s novel Raskrigaren has received a lot of media attention
Raskrigaren is a story about the serial killer Peter Mangs. The book includes a great deal of interviews with Peter Mangs, extract from the extensive police investigation and interviews with relatives and the people who survived Mangs attacks.
Well-attended book release
Impact-researcher Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon’s book Frivilligarbete inom och för kyrkan was launched on the 15th of December.
Colloquium attracted great interest
Between the 6th and 8th of December 2015, sociologist of religion and lawyers from all over the world gathered for the 4th research directors’ Colloquium at the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS). It resulted in some intensive days for exchange of ideas and deep scientific discussions.
CRS-Impact of Religion Newsletter No. 4 2015
The CRS-Impact of Religion Newsletter No. 4 2015 is now available online.
16th of December, Book release Borders and the Changing Bounderies of Knowledge
On the 16th of December Impact-researcher Önver Cetrez’s book Borders and the Changing Bounderies of Knowledge is launched. Önver Cetrez wrote the book together with Inga Brandell and Marie Carlson.
Book release Frivilligarbete inom och för kyrkan, by Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon
On the 15th of December Impact-researcher Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon’s book Frivilligarbete inom och för kyrkan is launched.
Collaboration with the Center for Religion and Media (NYC)
On the 3 of December Oriol Poveda, PhD student in sociology of religion, gave a successful lecture at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University.
New doctoral researchers in the Impact programme
5 New doctoral researchers in the Impact programme
Doctoral students at CRS
Ernils Larsson and Johannes Zeiler are doctoral students at the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University but are now situated at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS).
“My work entails a lot of human connections”
Josephine Sundqvist is a sociologist of religion in the Impact programme and has during the past years been based in Tanzania where she is writing her thesis about the religious organizations’ role within the local health care sector.
Difficult to create a room for everyone
– It’s difficult to create a room open for different religions and cultures, and at the same time making it meaningful, says researcher Maria Liljas.
The report about Islam says a lot
Impact researcher Marta Axner has, on behalf of the Equality Ombudsman in Sweden (DO), conducted a media analysis about how the Muslims are described in the Swedish media. The report has been criticized by a journalist in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Here is Marta Axner (together with Prof. Mia Lövheim) answer to the criticism.
Dr. Ramani Hettiarachchi visiting researcher at CRS
With start in November, for a period of six months, Dr. and senior lecturer Ramani Hettiarachchi from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka is visiting CRS.
Faculties educate public officals on Human Rights
The Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University will teach the Swedish public servants about human rights.
Impact-researcher gets research funds from the Swedish Research Council
Research that provokes strong feelings
Should a midwife be allowed to refuse to perform an abortion because it’s against her religious beliefs? And can a doctor deny a patient blood transfusion? Kavot Zillén, Impact-researcher and PhD student in international law, is facing those kind of questions in her research about medical staff’s religious- and freedom of conscience.
Well-attended book release
On the 4th of November the seminar about Stephen LeDrew’s new book The Evolution of Atheism toke place at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Center (CRS).
Research about religion and migration
Many Impact-researchers deal with religion and migration related issues; here are some examples of what is going on right now.
New book by Impact-researcher Mattias Gardell
The book is a documentary novel titled Raskrigaren and it’s about the serial killer Peter Mangs. It includes a big number of interviews with Peter Mangs and with his victims as well as abstracts from the police investigation.
The narrative has to be plausible
The narrative is crucial when it comes to the credibility ratings in asylum procedures related to religion or sexual orientation as basis for protection. The procedure is difficult and demanding for the decision-maker.
SIM and CRS create a platform for collaboration within the field of religion and development
On the 16th of October, at the seminar titled "Re-launch of SIM", the future collaboration between SIM and CRS was discussed.
The concept of identity is problematic in asylum procedures
Rebecca Thorburn Stern, Associate Professor in International Law and Impact-researcher, together with researcher Hanna Wikström from University of Gothenburg, investigate the credibility ratings in asylum procedures in which religion or sexual orientation is claimed as a base for protection.
Karin Borevi new deputy theme leader in Impact of Religion
Karin Borevi, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Södertörn College, joins the Impact of Religion as deputy theme leader (Theme 1).
Stand up for the human rights, says Impact researcher
Associate professor Anna-Sara Lind in DN debatt, 16 September.
Ketevan Mosashvili visiting researcher at CRS
With start in September, for a period of three months, the Georgian doctoral student Ketevan Mosashvili from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilsi State University is visiting CRS.
CRS-Impact of Religion Newsletter No. 2 2015
New researchers in the Impact programme
The scientific board of the Impact of Religion programme has associated two new researchers to the programme.
Seminar on the role of religion attracted interest
About 30 people listened when the research project NOREL presented its results for Sweden on April 15th.
Impact researcher discusses the ethics of the handling of spent nuclear fuel
New publication by Professor Emeritus Carl-Reinhold Bråkenhielm.
Pia Karlsson Minganti new deputy theme leader in Impact of Religion
Ethnologist from Södertörn joins the Scientific board.
”Religion has been politicised”
Interview with PhD Jonas Lindberg in Kyrkans tidning.
“Religion returns into politics”
Interview with Impact and NOREL researcher Jonas Lindberg in Swedish radio.
A European Dialogue Forum
Sigtunastiftelsen, 18-20 May.
Cusanus. Science and Faith – A Platform for Dialogue and Education in Sweden
A new project within the Impact of Religion programme aims to widen the discussion and increase knowledge about the relationship between science and religion.
”Increasing importance of religion in politics”
Interview with doctoral student Jonas Lindberg in the Christian newspaper Dagen.
Impact researcher studied secularism as a mode of identity
New article by Per-Erik Nilsson.
CRS/Impact newsletter No 1 2015 now published
Thomas Jakobsen visiting researcher at CRS
Doctoral student from Aalborg, Denmark.
Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox
New publication by Impact senior advisor Grace Davie.
When Charlie is trivialised
UNT publishes article by five Impact researchers on the terror attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Researchers present a map of the social contributions of faith communities
New report by Anders Bäckström and Ulrika Svalfors.
Mia Lövheim visiting professor
Professor Lövheim spends two months in Canterbury and London.
Negative and Positive Freedom of Religion: The Ambiguous Relation of Religion and Human Rights in Sweden
New book chapter by Anders Sjöborg.
Impact researcher interviewed on Swedish radio
Pia Karlsson Minganti about young Muslims, "Islamic Rage boy" and humor.
Seminar on welfare achievements on religious grounds attracted many participants
Whether churches and religious congregations should engage in welfare services is a complex issue.
Swedish RE fails to live up to political intentions
New book chapter by Anders Sjöborg.
If ”we” are Charlie Hebdo, ”we” must also be the Kouachi brothers
Impact researcher Per-Erik Nilsson reflects on the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the debate that has followed.
Religion was Politicised in Danish and Norwegian Parliaments 1988-2009
New article by Jonas Lindberg.