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Sissel Undheim

Professor, Study of Religion
  • E-mailSissel.Undheim@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 23 24
  • Visitor Address
    Øysteins gate 3
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Didactics of religion

· Textbook-religion
· Multimodality and teaching religion
· Images and art in religious education
· Children, popular culture and religion

Religions in antiquity

· Roman religion
· Church Fathers
· Sacred virgins, virgin martyrs, male virgins
· Gender, sexuality, asceticism and sanctity



Borderline Virginities. Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late Antiquity. Routledge 2017


Religion i skolen. Didaktiske perspektiver på religions- og livssynsfaget. Marie von der Lippe og Sissel Undheim (red.), Universitetsforlaget 2017


Romersk religion. Verdens hellige skrifter. Sissel Undheim (red.) Bokklubben 2010


  • Show author(s) (2023). The Magic of the Multiverse: Easter Eggs, Superhuman Beings, and Metamodernism in Marvel’s Story Worlds. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Vestal Virgins Revived. Some Reflections on Dead Religions, Reception and Afterlives. Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religous Discourse. 120-140.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Double Martyrdom, Double Crown: Virgin Martyrs and Fourth-Century Ascetic Hierarchies. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Book review: Anne P. Alwis' Narrating Martyrdom. Rewriting Late-Antique Virgin Martyrs in Byzantium. Plekos: Elektronische Zeitschrift für Rezensionen und Berichte zur Erforschung der Spätantike.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Vestal Nun: The Afterlife and Reception of Vestal Virgins in Art and Literature in Late Antiquity and After. Journal of Early Christian History (JECH). 8-27.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Balansekunst med Beyoncé. Å spille på fordommer for å bryte dem ned? 31 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Vårt Land overser kirkemødrene. Avisa Vårt land. 28-29.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Helt seriøst!? Om populærkultur i KRLE og Religion og Etikk. Religion og livssyn : Tidsskrift for religionslærerforeningen i Norge. 20-29.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Made Up Prophecies: Metamodern Play with Religion, Spirituality and Monomyth in the LEGO Universe. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Consecrated Virgins as Living Reliquaries in Late Antiquity. RIHA Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Med tente lys inn i varmen. Lucia-tog i norske skoler og barnehager. DIN - Tidsskrift for religion og kultur. 166-197.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Ungdom og religion : tradisjon, nyskaping og individuelle valg. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Magical Bricks: Religion, Spirituality and Modern Magic in the Toy Box. ReligionGoingPublic.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Lego religion in the classroom. The potential use of children’s popular culture in the teaching of religion in kindergarten and primary school . Zeitschrift für Religionskunde - Revue de didactique des sciences des religions. 52-66.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The wise and the foolish virgins: Representations of Vestal virginity and pagan Chastity by Christian writers in late antiquity. Journal of Early Christian Studies. 383-409.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Religion i skolen : didaktiske perspektiver på religions- og livssynsfaget. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Kan populærkultur og døde religioner vekke liv i religionsfaget? 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hva skal vi med et felles religionsfag i skolen? 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hva skal vi med et felles religionsfag i skolen? 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Borderline Virginities. Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late Antiquity.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Aniconism and images in Norwegian RE textbooks: Representations and historical change. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The sacred power of Lego-Chi: mediatized spirituality in Lego, legends of Chima. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research. 66-86.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Spiritual Lego. Temples, rituals and new age in Ninjago and Chima. IIPC: International Institute of Popular Culture Publication Series. 48-58.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Jomfruhinnen finnes ikke. nrk.no/ytring.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Anne Stensvold: A history of pregnancy in Christianity. From original sin to contemporary abortion debates. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. 239-242.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Veiled visibility: Morality, Movement and Sacred Virginity in Late Antiquity. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Jörg Rüpke. Religion in Republican Rome: Rationalization and Ritual Change. (Empire and After). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. vi + 321 pp. ISBN 9780812243943 (hbk.). Numen. 481-483.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Bilder og bildeforbud i skolens religionsfag. En analyse av lærebøker for KRL og RLE. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Religionene i RLE - Multimodal religion (og ikke-religion) i RLE-læreverkene for småskoletrinnet. PluRel - en blogg om religion og samfunn (UiO).
  • Show author(s) (2013). RLE-religion. Religionsbegrepet i RLE-læreverkene for småskoletrinnet. Prismet. 251-265.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Approaches to the Visual in Religion. Edited by Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati and Christopher Rowland. Numen. 368-370.
  • Show author(s) (2013). 2000 år på 300 sider. Bokomtale, Christine Amadou: Vestens idéhistorie, bind 1. Antikken og Middelalderen ca.750 f.kr.-1350. Cappelen Damm Akademisk, Oslo 2012. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Christus Virgo: Representations of Christ as a Virgin in Early Christianity and Late Antiquity. Bulletin for the Study of Religion. 22-27.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Randsonejomfruer. Jomfruer og hellighet i senantikken. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Romersk Religion Verdens Hellige Skrifter. Bokklubben.
  • Show author(s) (2004). "Crimen incesti - vestalinnene og Roma". Klassisk Forum. 38-50.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Processions of light. Celebrating Saint Lucy in Norwegian schools and society.


Apocalypses and pixie dust. Religion and popular culture.

The Demigods Amongst Us: Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus and Contemporary Religious Change. Theology and the Riordanverse, edited by Nathan E. Fleeson and Carolyn M. Jones Medine.

Forthcoming 2023, Lexington

The magic of the multiverse. Easter eggs, superhuman beings and metamodernism in Marvel’s story worlds.  Comics and Religion, edited by Kees de Groot

Forthcoming 2023, Bloomsbury

See Comics, Culture, and Religion: Faith Imagined: Kees de Groot: Bloomsbury Academic