The Emergence of Nones: Authority – Diversity – Complexity

The first meeting in the Nordic research network: Complexity and Beyond in Studies of Religiosity in the Nordic Countries (CBSR).

The meeting takes place in Helsinki 14-16 October, 2021. Part of the meeting (14 October) is open to a larger audience.



PUBLIC conference day:  Accessible through Zoom, please register with Anita Ågren, (

  Venue: Church House, Eteläranta 8. 1st floor: Mikael.

 12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00 Peter B. Andersen: Opening of the seminar

Keynote lectures

Chair: Pamela Slotte

13:15   Prof. Inger Furseth: Religious complexity: conceptual challenges and the way ahead.

14:00   Prof. Lisbet Christoffersen: How the current Nordic legal systems structure being nones, compared to the legal structuring of minority- and majority religious individuals and groups.

14:45-15:15 Discussion

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

15:45   Prof. Kati Tervo-Niemelä: Raising the nones: transmission of (non)religious cultures in families

16:30   Prof. Björn Vikström: How religious communities adapt to the societal and legal changes

17:15–17:45 Discussion

The above is a hybrid event:  also with a Facebook event page.  

20:00   Dinner for invited participants: Hotel Scandic Grand Marina


Venue: Church House, 6th floor, room 612

 9:00 Workshop on the book project. Chair: Kati Tervo-Niemelä

  • Introducing the project. Peter Andersen and Peter Gundelach: Trajectories of change in religious life in the Nordic countries: Secularization and Complexity.
  • Discussions

9:45 - 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 - 12:00 Discussion and progress in the project. Chair: Kati Tervo-Niemelä

Continued discussion

  • The structure of the coming workshops and the products (PA & PG)
  • Perspectives and ideas from Finland (K. Ketola), Sweden (M. Klingenberg), Norway (P. K. Botvar), Iceland (G. A. Jónsdóttir) and Denmark (H. Christensen) with considerations of developing local and Nordic analyses.

12:00–13:00 Lunch break (Church House)

13:00   Short (~10 min) presentations of potential contributions. Chair: Peter Gundelach

Societal to the individual level including nones*)

  • Kimmo Ketola and Pietari Hannikainen
  • Anders Sjöborg
  • Maria Klingenberg
  • Anne Lundahl Mauritsen
  • Sivert Urstad
  • Teemu Taira
  • Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir
  • Steinunn Arnþrúður Björnsdóttir 

15:00–15:30 Coffee break

15:30   Short (~10 min) presentations of potential contributions, continued. Chair: Peter Andersen

Congregations, churches, minorities, large scale considerations and new conceptualisations*)

  • Pamela Slotte
  • Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen and Karen Marie Leth-Nielsen
  • Sara Evelina Lundmark
  • Pål Ketil Botvar
  • Astrid Krappe Trolle
  • Tim Jensen
  • Margit Warburg
  • Henrik Reintoft Christensen
  • Björn Vikström
  • Anders Sjöborg

*) We have distributed as to suggested themes, but the presentations are introducing to each other as collaborators and a brain storm on ideas, so do not take the overall titles  as a straitjacket

17:00–18:00 Summing up the plans: general discussion.

20:00 Dinner for workshop participants: Restaurant Savotta


Venue: Church House

 10:00–12:00 Network board meeting

  • Organizational matters
  • Presentation of plans for the next workshop
    • Agder
    • Themes
    • Structure
    • Whom to invite and how to expand the process

 12:00 Lunch (Vaelsa Ristorante)

13:00 End of workshop



Conference secretariat

Anita Ågren, (, Kimmo Ketola ( Peter Andersen (


The Church House (Eteläranta 8), Helsinki.

The grant will cover travel and accommodation expenses for invited participants in the workshop as well as the organization committee. People who finance their conference expenses themselves are welcome. Accommodation will be paid for directly by the grant. Your airplane tickets and ground transportation will be reimbursed from the NOS-HS grant administrated at the Faculty at Humanities, University of Copenhagen after you have been at the workshop in Helsinki. (Please note that we have negotiated special arrangements with some of you – they will stand).


Rooms are booked at the Scandic Grand Marina, Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki, FI 00160 

Transportation from the airport

There is the possibility to travel from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Helsinki city center by Airport Train, Airport Bus and by taxi. See more information about these options

Participants who are unable to get to Helsinki in the morning of the 14th,  may arrive at Helsinki on the 13th. Accommodation from the 13th to the 14th will be covered by the grant.