Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks (INREL)

INREL studies articulations of indigenous religion(s) in different contexts around the world and explores the relations between local actualizations and globalizing discourses of indigeneity and religion.

Our approach consists of contemporary case studies, close collaboration, careful comparison, and critical analysis. The research group is headed by professor Siv Ellen Kraft and professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology.

Since 2015, most of our activities have been organized around an international research project, also called INREL, funded by The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO), and led by professor Kraft. Click here to read more about the project.

In August 2020, we embark on the new collaborative research project “The Governmateriality of Indigenous Religion(s)” (GOVMAT), funded by The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO), and led by professor Tafjord. Click here to learn about the concept of governmateriality.


We are hiring a second postdoc in the GOVMAT project. Deadline for applications: June 16th.

Siv Ellen Kraft has been elected as member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Forthcoming book on Routledge: Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks co-authored by Siv Ellen Kraft, Bjørn Ola Tafjord, Gregory D. Alles, Greg Johnson, and Arkotong Longkumer.

Guest lecture "Narrating the Migrant" by Mona Baker, professor of translation studies from the University of Manchester and PI of the project Genealogies of Knowledge: 3 March, 10:15-12:00, Auditorium Nedre Lysthus

Open INREL lecture on Kurdish Alevism by Dr. Ahmet Kerim Gültekin from Leipzig University: 27 February, 12:15-14:00, SVHUM C1007.

INREL seminar with Laura Cervantes Gamboa, professor of anthropology from the University of Costa Rica: 10 February, 14:15-16:00, Tårnrommet.

Liudmila Nikanorova defended her PhD thesis "Religion and Indigeneity at Yhyakh" at UiT The Arctic University of Norway on 9 September 2019.