In early 2020, the rapid spread of Covid- 19-virus shook the world, posing immediate restrictions on human behaviour and mobility. What was the role of religion in the responses? How did religious actors, scholars, and humanitarians, respond? Do religious actors carry special responsibilities, and what challenge did they face? How did they balance diverse interests – health related, social, and theological – and make difficult, sometimes unpopular, choices?

In this seminar we will explore the role of religious authority and institutions, including as humanitarian actors, during the pandemic - in Indonesia, Pakistan, but also in Norway and elsewhere.

We are inviting for a seminar - or round table - to present some findings from our studies from Indonesia and Pakistan, and open for a broader conversation about these issues, 'around the table'.
Humanitarian organizations, faith communities in Oslo, and scholars with an interest in the topic are invited to the event.

We hope you would be interested in taking part in this conversation. We will start with a light lunch served from 11.30, followed by the seminar from 12 -13.

The seminar is by invitation only.
We kindly request you to RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Seminar programme
Time: Tuesday 15 November 11.30 – 13.00
Venue: PRIO, Peace Room, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo
Chair: Arne Strand, CMI
Professor Amelia Fauzia, UIN Jakarta
Kaja Borchgrevink, PRIO
Round table conversation

Prof Amelia Fauzia, Islamic University Jakarta, is professor of Islamic history specializing in Muslim philanthropy. She is a visiting fellow at PRIO this fall.