Themes: Nations and nationalism, Politics of identity, Globalization, Norwegian welfare state, Religion and nationalism, Pilgrimage
Regions: Norway and broader Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe
Alexander Bielicki received his PhD from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo in 2012, having previously studied at the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. Anthropology) and Central European University (M.A. Nationalism Studies).
Prior to 2013 his research focused primarily on religion and nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe. His doctoral dissertation, “A Nation in Worship? Constructing Nationhood and Devotion at the Slovak National Pilgrimage to Šaštín,” explores connections between the constructions of national identity and religious identity at this annual celebration.
Since 2013 he has been the Program Director and lead instructor for HECUA’s The New Norway program at the University of Oslo, based at the International Summer School. In addition to teaching the core courses of The New Norway program, Bielicki works actively with community partners in the NGO sector and in Norwegian politics to build experiential learning opportunities for students through field excursions and volunteer placements.
- The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity and the Politics of Belonging
- The Norwegian Welfare State
- The Peace Scholars seminar
- Norwegian Society, Cultures and Institutions