Tomas Sundnes Drønen

Academic degreePhD
PositionProrector for Education/
Professor of Global Studies and Religion
Phone+47 51 51 62 15

Specialised competency:

African Christianity, Intercultural communication, Globalization, History of Mission

General (teaching) competency:

Religions in Africa, Intercultural communication, Globalization, History of Mission, Qualitative Methods

Selected publications:


  • La voie de l'islam et la voie du Christ : la croix et le croissant en Afrique de l'Ouest, (with Jean Koulagna), Meiganga: ILTM 2002, 182 p.
  • Communication and Conversion in Northern Cameroon: The Dii people and Norwegian Missionaries, 1934-60, Leiden: Brill 2009, 244 p.
  • Forståelsens gylne øyeblikk. Festskrift til Øyvind Dahl. (ed. with Kjetil Fretheim and Marianne Skjortnes), Tapir Akademisk Forlag 2011, 243 p.
  • Med hjertet på flere steder. Om barn, misjon og flerkulturell oppvekst, (ed. with Marianne Skjortnes) Trondheim: Tapir Akademisk Forlag 2010, 393 s.
  • Communication and Conversion in Northern Cameroon: The Dii people and Norwegian Missionaries, 1934-60, Leiden: Brill 2009, 244 s.
  • La voie de l'islam et la voie du Christ : la croix et le croissant en Afrique de l'Ouest, (with Jean Koulagna) Meiganga: ILTM 2002, 182 s.


  • "Tayyi and Gud: The Anthropology of God in Africa" Nordic Journal of Religion in Society vol. 25, 1/2012: 83-99.
  • "What are Missiologists Studying and for what Purpose?" Swedish Missiological Themes vol. 99, 4/2011: 365-375.
  • "Intercultural Communication and Religious Change: The Dii, Norwegian Missionaries, and Ferdinand de Saussure", Studia Theologica vol. 63, 1/2009: 3-18.
  • "Misjonshistorie: fagets akademiske egenart og forhold til samfunnsvitenskapelige metoder", Norwegian Journal of Missiology vol. 63, 1/2009: 3-18.
  • "'And it is really thanks to you that we are saved...' An African Discourse on Conversion and the Creation of a Modern Myth", Exchange, vol. 36, 2007: 156-183.
  • "A Missionary Discourse on Conversion: Norwegian Missionaries in Adamawa, Northern Cameroon 1934-1960", Mission Studies, vol. 24, 1/2007: 99-124.
  • "Omvendelse fra islam til kristendom i Vest-Afrika: et sosiologisk perspektiv", Norwegian Journal of Missiologyvol. 61, 2-3/2007: 205-223.
  • "Scientific Revolution and Religious Conversion - A Closer Look at Thomas Kuhn's Theory of Paradigm-Shift", Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, vol. 18, 3/2006: 232-254.
  • "Anthropological Historical Research in Africa - How Do We Ask?", History in Africa, vol. 33,2006: 137-153.
  • "The Role of Religion in Social Change: The Arrival of Christianity among the Dii People in Adamawa, Northern Cameroon (1934-1960)", Swedish Missiological Themes, vol. 93, 4/2005: 479-503.
  • "Dar al-islam i Meiganga, Kamerun", Norwegian Journal of Missiology, vol. 55, 1/2001: 17-34.
  • "Islam and Ethnicity in Northern Cameroon", Swedish Missiological Themes, vol. 86, 1/1998: 45-68.
  • "The Roots of the Islamic Resurgence", Ung teologi, vol. 29, 1/1996: 89-100.

Professional Boards and Committees:

  • Leader of the research group Religion, Culture and Globalization, collaboration between School of Mission and Theology and the University in Stavanger, 2012-.
  • Project manager for the explorative network: "Religion and Development. Nordic Perspectives on Involvement in Africa." Funded by NOS-HS 2010-2013. In collaboration with Norwgian School of Economics, Bergen, and the University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Member of the academic resource-group for the project "Religion and Development" administrated by the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, 2010-2012.
  • Leader of the research-group Religion and Culture Globally and Locally Negotiated MHS, 2008-2012.
  • Member of the editorial bord of Journal of Intercultural Communication,

Curriculum vitae