NOREMPO 3rd Workshop

The 3rd NOREMPO seminar titled “Actors, connections and contestations: Christianity, populism and media in a Nordic context”, was held in Sigtunastiftelsen, Sigtuna, on October 24-26 2022.


Program of the 3rd Workshop

October 24th

14-14.30 Welcome and introductions

14.30-15.30 Keynote 1: Hannah Strømmen: A Bite-Size
Bible: Britain First on Social Media. (Zoom)

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Roundtable 1: What media and related
strategies are employed by various populist actors, and how do they work to
connect with audiences? Tine Ustad Figenschou & Karoline Andrea
Ihlebæk, Niko Pyrhönen 

19.00 Dinner


October 25th

9.00-10.30 Keynote 2 Marie Demker: Conceptualizing religion as a threat against national identity: an overview of the Swedish case

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Roundtable 2: Who are the key Nordic actors and groups that produce and circulate populist discourses embedded in Christian or
other religious ideas, values and symbols? Katja Valaskivi, Sturla Stålsett, Linnea Jensdotter, Thomas Poletti Lundström 

12.30-14.00 Lunch break 

14.00-15.30 Panel: How do the Churches and the Christian public sphere respond to the “hijacking” of Christian ideas, values and symbols by populist actors? Discussion with debate editors from Nordic Christian newspapers

15.30-16.00 Coffee break 

16.00-18.30 Roundtable 3: What are the interconnections between various actors in social media, in formal politics and in various religious denominations and populist movements? Fiza Vasudeva, Magnus Hagevi, Tuomas Äystö

19.00 Dinner


October 26th

9.00-10.30 Roundtable 4: Discussion in groups on ideas for publications, applications, conference sessions etc (encouragement to send in ideas, proposals)

10.30-11.00 Coffee break, check out

11.00-12.00 Summing up from the group discussion and planning

12.00 Lunch and end of seminar – departure