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.
Christof Sauer (Prof. ETF Leuven /FTH Giessen)
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 FIH)
11.00-12.00 Plenary paper “…” by Christof Sauer
13.00-14.00 Plenary paper “Global Religious Freedom, the United Nations and the West” by Todd Huizinga
14.00-14.30 Coffee Break
Thursday, 23. September
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
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. June 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org You will be notified of acceptance before 1 July 2021.
Practical Information presenters
Each researcher is given 15-20 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.
The symposium will primarily be for researchers, academically interested practitioners are also invited.
Questions, please contact email@example.com
The symposium will take place at Fjellhaug International University College, campus Oslo, Sinsenveien 15, 0572 Oslo, Norway.
There is no fee for the symposium.
Fjellhaug offer meals that can be bought separately.
A few rooms are available at Campus Fjellhaug. With single occupation the rooms (including breakfast) cost 550nok, and doble occupation 750nok
You can register for the symposium here. (opens April 1)