Background and activities

I am the Vice-Dean of Research at the Faculty until 2025. As Vice-Dean Research I have the following responsibilities in close collaboration with the Rectorate, Faculty management and Departments: 

  • Build research and development as core activities through strategic leadership
  • Lead and develop doctoral education
  • Lead the faculty Research Committee and other arenas for research and innovation
  • represent the faculty in research contexts locally, nationally and internationally
Key words are research culture, research strategy, research politics, research ethics, research funding and internationalization horizontally and vertically throughout the organization.
My background is in Religious Studies. My work is primarily in the fields of Religious Education, theory and methodology, and contemporary religion in the West. I am specialized in modern Satanism and alternative currents, RE as theory and practice, and the study of religion in general.
Current fields of interest include
  • Conspiracy thinking in school and society (I co-manage the research group KONSPISK)
  • Science as replacement religion, including teacher values in school, secularity and non-religion, secular apocalypses
  • the academization of Religious Education
  • transgressive art and religion
  • religion and popular culture

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database


  • Bergane, Jean; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2021) Alt henger sammen! Konspirasjonsteorier og hva vi kan gjøre for å forebygge dem.


  • Løset, Sveinung; Oestvang, Janne; Pedersen, Eilif; Mathisen, Karina; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard; Kummen, Jon; Pukstad, Brita; Lohndal, Terje; Penner, Angelina; Christensen, Idd Andrea. (2020) Rapport om utvidelse av forskerlinjer ved NTNU. 2020.



  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2018) Megapolisomancy: Metaphor and Magic in the Metropolis. Magick, Mysticism and Art . Academia Ordo Templi Orientis; Hotel Oriente, Barcelona. 2018-06-24 - 2018-06-24.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard; Nielsen, Carsten Viggo. (2018) Røre i andedammen: Receptionen af dansk ondskabskult 1973-2018. Chaos symposium 2018 . Chaos-redaktionen; Lunds universitet. 2018-05-04 - 2018-05-05.



  • Dyrendal, Asbjørn; Lewis, James R; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2016) The Invention of Satanism. Oxford University Press. 2016. ISBN 9780195181104.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2016) Satanism in Denmark. Western Esotericism in Scandinavia.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard; Holt, Cimminnee. (2016) Modern Religious Satanism: A Negotiation of Tensions. Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements vol.2.


  • Ödlund, Christine; Börjesson, Johan; Arnesen, Trond; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Planteprat. Panel/samtale. Om planters kommunikasjon og økologi vs økokrise vs teosofi. Helaften med kunstneren Christine Ödlund. Panel/samtale med forskere. [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Gråmølna.; Trondheim. 2015-01-09.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Contemporary Satanism. The Occult World.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Educating the public: Making sense of popular science television in Norway. IAHR XXI World Congress . International Association for the History of Religions; Erfurt Universitet. 2015-08-23 - 2015-08-29.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) «I fucking love science»: Naturvitenskap som identitetsmarkør på sociale medier. Ungdomsseminariet i Trondheim . SiPP (NTNU), YES (NTNU) og ALT (HiST); PLU, Moholt. 2015-09-24 - 2015-09-24.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Natur og kultur i klasserommet: Gjensidighet i naturfag og religionsfag?. Et religionsfag for fremtiden . IHKR; Universitetet i Bergen. 2015-10-14 - 2015-10-15.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Satanisme i Norge? Å ja, black metal….
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2015) Vantroens fremtid? Om et ikke-troens trosmangfold. Humanist : tidsskrift for livssynsdebatt.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard; Dyrendal, Asbjørn. (2015) Old Nick on the 'Net: On Satanic Politics. OUPblog.


  • Faxneld, Per; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Cult of Carnality: Sexuality, Eroticism and Gender in Contemporary Satanism. Sexuality and New Religious Movements.
  • Lewis, James R.; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Controversial New Religions. Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN 9780199315314.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Art, Anarchy and Apostasy – en samtale mellom Martin Palmer og Jesper Aagaard Petersen. Art, Anarchy and Apostasy [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Rozemin Keshvani; TKM Gråmølna. 2014-04-04.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Carnal, Chthonian, Complicated: The Matter of Modern Satanism. Controversial New Religions.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Operation Mindfuck, Viking Edition. HERE TO GO II . Metamorf/TEKS; Dokkhuset, Trondheim. 2014-05-30 - 2014-05-31.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Operation Mindfuck, Viking Edition: How Fear of the Satanic and Cartoon Exoticism Fueled the Prank of the Century. Here To Go 2014: Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric.
  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2014) Sataniske pikesmykker?.









  • Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. (2002) Binary Satanism: The Construction of Community in a Digital World. Syzygy (Stanford, Calif.). vol. 11.