The INREL-Project

Director of the INREL Project: Siv Ellen Kraft.

The research group by the same name (INREL) is organized by Siv Ellen Kraft and Bjørn Ola Tafjord and consists of seven senior researchers, based on universities in Tromsø, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Tennessee, Princeton and Edinburgh, and three PhD students. The core group is responsible for the NFR-funded research project Indigenous Religion (s): Local Grounds, Global Networks.

Siv Ellen Kraft

Professor, religionshistoriker
Campus Tromsø


Bjørn Ola Tafjord

Campus Tromsø

May-Lisbeth Brew

Stipendiat i religionsvitenskap
Campus Tromsø

Nikanorova, Liudmila

Stipendiat i religionsvitenskap
Campus Tromsø

Jennings, Helen

Stipendiat i religionsvitenskap
Campus Tromsø

Research areas:
Siv Ellen Kraft: Norway / Sapmi.
Bjørn Ola Tafjord: Costa Rica.
May-Lisbeth Brew: Argentina.
Liudmila Nikanorova: Russia (Sakha / Yakutia). 
Helen Jennings: Canada (British Columbia).

The PhD students in the project participate in the  Research School Religion Values ​​Society (RVS) .

International Core Group

Afe Adogame

Professor of Christianity and Society
Princeton Theological Seminary
Research area: Nigeria and the Diaspora
(609) 430-2788

Arkotong Longkumer

Researcher and teacher
University of Edinburgh
Research area: India (Nagaland)

(410) 492-7095

Greg Alles

Professor of Religious Studies
McDaniel College
Research area: India (Gujarat)
(410) 857-2460

Rosalind IJ Hackett

Professor and Head, Department of Religious Studies,
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Research Area: Nigeria and Ghana
(865) 974-2466

Greg Johnson

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
Research Area: USA (Hawaii and the Midwest)
(303) 492-7095

Local Group

Trude Fonneland , Professor, Tromsø Museum. Phone: (+47) 776 46630. Email:

Roald Kristiansen , Associate Professor, Department of History and Religious Studies. Phone: (+47) 776 45533. E-mail:

Rune Blix Hagen , Associate Professor, Department of History and Religious Studies. Phone: (+47) 776 44130. E-mail:

Kjersti Fjørtoft , Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy. Phone (+47) 776 45915. E-mail:

Annamari Vitikainen , Postdoc, Department of Philosophy. Phone: (+47) 776 23330. E-mail:

Nils Oskal, Professor , Department of Philosophy.

Monica Grini , Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Culture. Phone: (+47) 776 45171. E-mail:

Anne Britt Flemmen , Professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communiy Planning. Phone: (+47) 776 44339. E-mail:

Carlos Cabanillas , Associate Professor, Department of Language and Culture. Phone: (+47) 776 45661. E-mail:

Roxana Mihaela Sarion , PhD student, Department of Language and Culture. Phone: (+47) 776 46284. E-mail:

Torjer Olsen , Associate Professor, Center for Sami Studies. Phone: (+47) 776 46912. E-mail:

Bengt Ove Andreassen , Associate Professor, Department of Education. Phone: (+47) 776 60469. E-mail:

Jorun Bræck Ramstad , Associate Professor, Department of Archeology and Social Anthropology. Phone: (+47) 776 45282. E-mail:


Associate fellows

Jelena Porsanger , Associate Professor, Sami University of Applied Sciences, Phone: (+47) 78 44 84 80, Email: . Homepage

Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme , Postdoc, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Phone: (+47) 22 85 40 42, Email: Homepage:  http: // com / sai / english / people / ACA / jhremme / index.html

Olle Sundström , Senior Lecturer, Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University Phone: (+46) 90 786 76 27 E-mail: Homepage: sock / english / staff-directory? languageID = 1 & uid = olsu0001 

John Ødemark , Associate Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo Phone: (+47) 22 85 68 56 E-mail: Homepage:  http: //www.hf.