Lena Lybæk

Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies
Campus Drammen (5311)
My particular research interests are human rights, cultural and religious diversity and human values. Related areas are human dignity/human rights, moral foundations of human rights, universal and particular values and rights, religious perspectives on human rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities. I am interested in how human beings create meaningful existences, and how these are expressed in narratives, actions and practices. theoretically and methodologically I draw on post-structural, interpretive and hermeneutical traditions.

Responsibilities

Competences

HUMAN RIGHTS:

  • Human rights of persons with disabilities
  • Human rights and religions
  • Human rights and multiculturalism
  • Freedom of religion
  • Right to education and Human rights education
  • Women's rights
  • Human rights and feminism

RELIGION AND ETHICS IN SCHOOLS

  • KRLE
  • The religious freedom of children
  • Teaching religion in public schools
  • Religious and cultural diversity in education

RELIGION

  • Biblical studies
  • The New Testament
  • Freedom of religion
  • Religion and diaspora
  • Religion and migration
  • Religion and human rights
  • Women

EDUCATION

  • Multicultural education
  • Intercultural education
  • Right to inclusive education
  • Right to education
  • Internationalisation in education

MULTICULTURALISM

  • Multicultural education
  • Multiculturalism and interculturalism
  • Backlash on multiculturalism
  • Women and multiculturalism
  • Religion and multiculturalism

CV

Education:
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Durham, UK)
 

Current projects

  • Dignity and persons with cognitive disabilities
  • Shaping culture: the effect of international human rights agencies on local cultures.
  • Human rights and reconciliation in a post-conflict, multicultural society (With University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka).
  • Individual researcher project: "Preserving and developing Yarsan culture and identity in the Scandinavian Diaspora."

Previous projects: 

  • Coordinator and supervisor of development projects connected to education for newly arrived youth in 11 schools in Buskerud municipality, in coopertion with National Center for Multicultural education.
  • "Cultural and religious complexity, human rights, and teaching in multicultural contexts”, in cooperation with the National institute of Education in Sri Lanka;
  • "Inclusive education, intercultural competence, and democratic citizenship in teacher education. A joint action project between the University of Duhok and Buskerud University College, Norway.";
  • ITEPS - International Teacher Education for Primary schools; Development of partnership research projects with local schools.

Publications