Prof. Jone SalomonsenProfessor of Gender Studies

    Research Profile

    Trained both as theologian and social anthropologist, Prof. Salomonsen’s research focuses on (women’s) theological agency and ritual performance at the intersection of institutional religion (Christian) and popular culture (Pagan/Traditional). Eethnographic fieldwork in USA and Norway, feminist Witchcraft and emerging new rites of Christian confirmation. Presently works in a South African township, learning about women’s post-traditional attempts at instigating social change by reinterpreting indigenous resources (symbol, narrative, ritual).

    Teaching Profile

    Her teaching areas include contemporary religion, method, ritual studies, constructive theology and feminist theory.

    Selected Publications

    “Shielding Girls at Risk of AIDS by Intertwining Zulu and Christian Ritual Heritage,” in: N. Richardson (ed.),  Broken Bodies and Healing Communities: Faith-based responses to HIV and AIDS in South African township. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2009.

    “The Power and Ambiguity of Symbols: Contemporary Religion and the Search for a Feminine Divine,” in: L. Sjørup (ed.), Pieties and Gender. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

    “Witches’ Initiation – A Feminist Cultural Therapeutic?” in: J. Lewis (ed.), Handbook in Contemporary Paganism. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

    “From Africa to the Americas and Back: Ritual Transport and Transformation at the Crossroads Between Indigenous and Christian Worship,” in: S. J. Stålsett (ed.),  Religion in a Globalised Age: Transfers and Transformations, Integration and Resistance.  Novus Forlag, 2008.

    “Initiation to Adulthood: The Challenge of Modernity, the Paradox of Ritual and the Gifts of Confirmation in a Norwegian Context,” in: T. E. Wyller/U. S. Nayar (ed.s): The Given Child: The Religion’s Contribution to Children`s Citizenship. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007.

    “Transformation of Religious Ritual in the Wake of World Christianity: Sacrifice and Possession from Africa to the Americas and back,” in: J. A. Jørgensen/K. B. Nielsen/N. H. Gregersen (ed.s), Spirit and Spirituality: Proceedings of the 15th Nordic Conference in Systematic Theology. Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, 2007.

    “Faith with a licence to kill? God unmediated by moral law in Knutby, Sweden,” Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning 2006.



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