Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Utriainen, Terhi
Organisation Åbo universitet
Projektets titel Learning from new religion and spirituality (LeNeRe)
Beslutnr 325148
Beslutsdatum 24.05.2019
Finansierings period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Finansiering 480 000
Beskrivning av projektet
The value of life-long learning has expanded beyond the contexts of formal education, increasingly informing various spheres of culture. In contemporary pluralistic and individualistic societies, even religious learning is no longer confined to homes, schools, and the transmission of tradition. More and more individuals choose to independently acquaint themselves with previously unfamiliar religious and spiritual traditions. Our ethnographically oriented research project investigates the learning trajectories of adult residents of Finland who engage in a new religious or spiritual practice. We are particularly interested in how these people evaluate the transferable potential of the skills and notions adopted, and the resulting significance of their learning in their lives, outside the religious or spiritual context in question. The project produces new knowledge on religions as sites of learning and traces dynamics between the “religious” and “secular” domains of contemporary culture.