This Symposium, organized by Fjellhaug International University College (FIUC), aims to focus on issues such as social control, religious compulsion, religious persecution, multireligious coexistence, Christian mission, and religious freedom.

You can register for the symposium here

Christof Sauer (Prof. FTH Giessen/ETF Leuven)

Todd Huizinga (Religious Freedom Institute)

Frode Ulvund (Prof. University of Bergen)

Ingunn Folkestad Breistein (Prof. Ansgar University College)

Other researchers are encouraged to present papers. The symposium welcomes research related to this topic from both various theological disciplines and other fields of research.

Wednesday, 22. September

10.00-10.30 Arrival and Coffee

10.30-11.00 Welcome and overview by Frank Ole Thoresen (rector FIUC)

11.00-12.00 Plenary paper “Religious persecution: Definitions, scales and spectrums” by Christof Sauer

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Plenary paper “Global Religious Freedom, the United Nations and the West” by Todd Huizinga

14.00-14.30 Coffee Break

14.30-16.00 Papers

16.30-17.30 Dinner

Thursday, 23. September

08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-09.30 Morning Prayer (optional)

09.45-10.45 Plenary paper “Toleration, Discrimination, and Exclusion: Religious Otherness within the Scandinavian Nation States, c. 1790–1960” by Frode Ulvund

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.15 Plenary paper «Religious Freedom and Free Churches: Heritage and present Challenges» by Ingunn F. Breistein

12.15-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Papers

14.30-15.00 Closing Plenary

Call for Papers

Freedom of religion and beliefs is an integral part of international declarations and conventions. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 18, states:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or beliefs in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Still, all over the world people are deprived of this right. In some contexts, violently, in other contexts, through religious restriction and social hostilities. In cooperation with researchers from other research institutions, Fjellhaug International University College (FIUC) wants to focus on this Human Rights issue by furthering research on freedom of religion and beliefs.

The topic Religious freedom and forced faith focuses the attention on such issues as social control, religious compulsion, religious persecution, multireligious coexistence, Christian mission and religious freedom.

The symposium welcomes research related to this topic from both various theological disciplines and other fields of research.

You are given 20 minutes to present your paper followed by response and conversation. The presentation and conversation will be in English. The symposium will primarily be for researchers, academically interested practitioners are also invited.

Please send your abstract (200-300 words) before 1. August 2021 to forskning@fjellhaug.no You will be notified of acceptance before 6. August 2021.

Practical Information presenters

Each researcher is given 20 minutes to present his/her paper

The presentation will be followed by responses and comments in plenum. Depending on number of participants and papers each paper is given between 30 and 45 minutes. If there are many papers some of the paper sessions will be divided in groups.

An abstract of the paper will be made available for the symposium participants.

The presentation and the responses will be in English

Big screen and sound system are available. Presenters can use their own PC.

The presenters are free to publish their papers where they find it expedient.

However the International Journal for Religious Freedom warmly invites presenters to submit suitable papers for double blind peer review. The „Guidelines for authors“ are here: https://www.iirf.eu/journal-books/iirf-journal/

The symposium will primarily be for researchers, academically interested practitioners are also invited.

Questions, please contact forskning@fjellhaug.no

Location

The symposium will take place at Fjellhaug International University College, campus Oslo, Sinsenveien 15, 0572 Oslo, Norway (link to location in Google maps).

Symposium Fees

There is no fee for the symposium.

Fjellhaug offer meals that can be bought separately.

Lunch 80nok

Dinner 140nok

Breakfast 50nok

Accommodation

A few rooms are available at Campus Fjellhaug. With single occupation the rooms (including breakfast) cost 550nok, and doble occupation 750nok.

Several hotels in different price ranges are available within reasonable travel distance, for instance:

Thon Hotel Linne

Statsråd Mathiesens vei 12, 0598 Oslo - directions to Fjellhaug.

Available via Subway (T-bane) from Vollebekk station to Løren Station (five minutes, plus fifteen minutes walking to and from stations).

PS:Hotel

Vulkan 22, 0175 Oslo - directions to Fjellhaug.

Available by foot (2,7 km) or via bus or tram (25-30 minutes door to door).

Scandic Vulkan

Maridalsveien 13A, 0175 Oslo - directions to Fjellhaug.

Available by foot (2,7 km) or via bus or tram (25-30 minutes door to door).


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post@fjellhaug.no
Sinsenveien 15
0572 Oslo