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Nordic Variations of Protestant Governance

NOS-HS Workshop III: Police, Law and Religion in the Nordic Countries after the Reformation – New Perspectives

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Thursday 15 September 2022, at 12:00 - Friday 16 September 2022, at 14:00


University of Oslo, Faculty of law

Program for NOS-HS Workshop III: 

15. September

12.00-13.00    Lunch

13.00-14.30    Key-note lecture: Professor Karl Härter, Max Planck Institute for legal history and legal theory (Frankfurt): The policing of religious diversity and deviance through early modern administrative law (police ordinances)

14.30-15.00    Coffee break

15.00-16.30    Andreas Mazetti Peterson (Uppsala): Conflicting Models of Independence and Unity in the State during the Interdict Controversy of 1606 and 1607

Paolo Astorri and Lars Nørgaard (Copenhagen): The Limits of “potestas”: Church and state in Henning Arnisaeus (1576-1636), Dietrich Reinking (1590-1664), and Hans Wandal (1624-1675)

16.30-17.00    Coffee break

17.00-18.30    Jørgen Mührmann-Lund (Aarhus): Policing religious minorities in Copenhagen 1682 1731

Per Kristian Aschim (Oslo): Religious tolerance and policy: The Norwegian Dissenters Act (1845) and contemporary theory of Religion and State

20.00              Dinner

16. September

09.00-11.00    Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde (Oslo): Policing the Norwegian realm in the Middle Ages: Competence from God and communal order

Maria Nørby Pedersen (Aarhus): Caring for the poor: A Christian and Kingly responsibility in early modern Denmark

Geir Heivoll (Oslo): Policing Christian morals: State, police and ecclesiastical practices in Denmark and Norway 1730-1850

11.00-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-13.00    Lars Kvestad (Bergen): Norwegian judicial activism through the lens of trust and religion in the 18th and 19th centuries

Sjur Atle Furali (Oslo): The Parish Priest's Assistants in the Danish Code

13.00-14.00     Lunch and departure


The Conference will take place at the University of Oslo, Faculty of law from the 15th to the 16th of September, 2022