In the Autumn of 2008, the University of Oslo established seven inter facultary research areas, including PluRel – Religion in Pluralist Societies. PluRel is to develop and communicate knowledge concerning the outcome of religions and worldviews being met and challenged by other value traditions and changed social conditions.
Throghout the ages faith and spirituality have put their mark upon and have themselves been marked by encounters, exchanges, and tensions between cultures. In today's world, religious change entails renegotiating a series of relations, practices, and values. PluRel aims to explore this field of changes in society, religion, and value traditions both in historical and contemporary perspectives. Giving a more precise definition of this field – we call it the PluRel field – is part of our research agenda. Our current attempt at doing so is available here. (pdf)
The network is headed by prof. Oddbjørn Leirvik (who took over after prof. Terje Stordalen in 2011). As of June 2010, around 100 researchers on different levels of qualification have registered their research interests and projects in PluRel. These researchers are attached to six different faculties (Humanities, Theology, Law, Education, Social Sciences, and Medicine) and also to the University Cultural Museum. They choose for themselves different levels of engagement in PluRel. Many of them are connected to one of the some 20 research groups or projects making up the backbone of PluRel research.
Most of our current activities are reflected in the dynamic list of events in this website. See also complete list of activities (conferences and seminars), 2009-2012.