Department of the Study of Religion

  • of the largest research environments in the world in this field


The Department of the Study of Religion is concerned with religion in its comprehensive sense. The studies cover all major world religions and other religions and phenomena essential to the history of religion, past and present. This is reflected in the academic staff's research competences, which not only include a broad spectrum of empirical skills but also a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from fields including history, philology, history of literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and phenomenology of religion. The separate degree programmes within Arabic and Islamic Studies have Islam and the Arab world's languages, culture and society as their speciality.


Research environment

The Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University is one of the largest research environments in the world in this field, including strong research competences in Norse religion, contemporary religion, Islamic studies, cognition and experimental studies. The environment is interdisciplinary in its organisation and working methods, and the programme's researchers are involved in a wide range of research projects with colleagues from other fields, such as biblical studies and church history within theology, the humanities in general, the social science and the natural science.


Degree programmes

The Studies of Religion Programme offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in the Study of Religion and a supplementary subject in Religion, Politics and Society in collaboration with political science. In addition a number of elective subjects are offered.

Academic staff

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Ahlin, LarsAssociate, 527
Albinus, LarsAssociate, 524
Borup, JørnAssociate professor, head of, 528
Christensen, Henrik ReintoftAssociate, 525
Christiansen, Johanne Louise VirenfeldtResearch, 519
Corboz, ElvireAssistant, 534
Effersøe, DortePart-time
Fibiger, Marianne QvortrupAssociate, 529
Geertz, Armin W.Jens Christian Skou Senior, 111
Jensen, Hans Jørgen, 531
Jensen, Jeppe SindingAssociate, 525
Kühle, LeneProfessor with Special, 533
Larsen, Malik Christian ReimerResearch, 330
Moestrup, Elisabeth A.Teaching Associate, 324
Mørch, ErikAssistant
Nielbo, Kristoffer LaigaardAssociate, 326
Nielsen, Klaus BoProject Staff, 524
Nielsen, Marie VejrupAssociate, 518
Olesen, Bjarne WernickeAssistant, 528
Petersen, Anders KlostergaardProfessor with Special, 531
Riexinger, Martin ThomasAssociate, 520
Schjødt, Jens PeterAssociate, 523
Schjødt, UffeAssociate, 522
Schleicher, MarianneAssociate, 526
Sedgwick, MarkProfessor with Special, 522
Shaboun, Alia AshrafTeaching Assistant, 326
Sørensen, JesperAssociate professor, research programme, 527
Thorstensen, Jens Christian H.Assistant


2017.03.16 | Knowledge exchange, Religionsvidenskab

Peaceful co-existence between religions: how can this be achieved?

The experiences gained in both Indonesia and Denmark with regard to tolerance and co-existence between various religious and ethnic groups are to be discussed at a public round-table debate at Aarhus University on Monday 20 March.

Associate professor Jesper Sørensen.

2017.01.24 | Religionsvidenskab

New research programme director at the Department of the Study of Religion

Jesper Sørensen is new research programme director from 1 January 2017

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Tue 28 Mar
14:00-16:00 | Room 515 (Capitol) in building 1451, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3
Moving Beyond the Vitriol: Using the Cognitive Sciences to Better Understand Atheism and Religious Martyrdom
Guest lecture by Dr. Jon Lanman, Assistant Director, Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University, Belfast
Thu 30 Mar
12:00-13:00 | Room 515, bldg. 1451
CANCELLED! Census Experimentation: Alternative standards for experimentation in the Humanities
Religion, Cognition and Culture lunch meeting with Uffe Schjødt, the Department of the Study of Religion, AU
Thu 30 Mar
14:00-17:00 | Meeting room 2, bldg. 1421, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Ella Paldam's PhD defence: Contemporary Chumash religion:
The revitalization of indigenous tradition in Native California

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