Researchers in FINYAR

Are you interested in getting in touch with someone who researches new religions and alternative spirituality? Below some of the researchers active in FINYAR are presented along with their special fields of research.


Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Associate professor, Program for Teacher Eduction, NTNU, Trondheim.


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En link to my publications is available at NTNUs web site

Publications in Christin


I have an MA in History of Religion from the University of Copenhagen, specializing in religion and science. After six years as a high school teacher in the subjects Religion and Danish, I received a PhD-scholarship in Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. This resulted in the thesis «Between Darwin and the Devil. Modern Satanism as Discourse, Milieu, and Self», submitted in 2011. The thesis examines Satanism from the sixties onwards through various strategies of articulation in a satanic milieu. As such, Satanism ceases to be a unified thing and becomes something constructed by various actors through the appeal to religion, science, popular culture, philosophy, and art. I have lectured and published extensively in modern Satanism, but I am also interested in the broader field of alternative religiosity in the West, secularism and non-religion, religion and science, religion and popular culture, and curriculum studies. I currently work as an associate professor at the Program for Teacher Education, NTNU, Trondheim.


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