The Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

in the First Millennium


This is a joint initiative from senior scholars and PhD-students to promote cooperation between Nordic research institutions in the field of religious studies dealing with the formation and development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the first millennium C.E. The network will build on the results already achieved by the former Nordic Network for the Study of the Religious Roots of Europe. By thus continuing to facilitate for PhD-courses and scholarly exchange, we work towards improving the quality and impact of Nordic research in this field of study and support the development of long-term cooperation. 



The primary activity of the Network will be organising annual PhD-courses in the form of excursions, to take place in the autumn term and dealing with topics relevant to the respective destinations. The courses shall contain some form of seminar, so as to be applicable to the PhD-students’ doctoral training. More details about the framework for courses are given in the Course Manual.

Each course will be organised by senior faculty from one or two of the participating institutions. The Network committee is committed to help spread information and recruit for the course in their respective countries. Courses are open to relevant PhD-students from all Nordic institutions of higher education, and also advanced MA-students or junior faculty.

The courses planned for 2015 to 2021 are:

2015 – Rome (Aarhus University)

2017 – Ethiopia (Lund University and University of Helsinki)

2018 – Andalusia (MF Norwegian School of Theology and University of Oslo)

2020 – Jerusalem/Galilee (Aarhus University)

2021 – Greece/Turkey (University of Helsinki)



While each course is organised locally, the Network has a coordinator and a steering committee to coordinate the activities of the Network. The committee shall consist of one senior scholar and one PhD-student from each of the participating institutions, amongst whom it will choose a coordinator.

The current participating institutions are:

Aarhus University, Denmark

Lund University, Sweden

MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society Norway

University of Agder, Norway 

University of Helsinki, Finland

Uppsala University, Sweden


Current coordinator and steering committee


Nils Hallvard Korsvoll (University of Agder)

Steering Committee

Vilja Alanko (University of Helsinki)

Anders-Christian Jacobsen (Aarhus University)

Natalie Lantz (Uppsala University)

Outi Lehtipuu (University of Helsinki)

Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society)

Andreas Westergren (Lund University)

Karin Zetterholm (Lund University)