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What’s in a good life? 2nd cross-sectional conference

What’s in a good life? 2nd cross-sectional conference

Welcome to the 2nd biannual cross-sectional conference What’s in a good life? located at Ansgar University College in Kristiansand, Norway 13-14 June 2024. The topic of the 2024-conference is relationships and we wish to explore the question What’s in relationships? from different perspectives and disciplines.

“What’s in a good life” is an open-ended question that reflects a humanistic approach to research within multiple fields. In this conference, we wish to shed light on the question from the fields of psychology, philosophy, theology, intercultural studies, music and arts. In addition to paper presentations from the individual fields, the conference will facilitate cross-sectional dialogues on the conference topic.

Please register here.

Registration is required from all conference participants.

Registration fee includes lunch both days, dinner Thursday night, coffee, and fruit.

Early bird rate

Registration & payment prior to 1 March 2024: NOK 2100,-.

Regular rate

Registration & payment from 1 March 2024: NOK 2500,-.

The registration fee will be refunded for cancellations submitted prior to 1 June 2024, except for an administrative cost of NOK 250.

Hilde Vinje is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Agder. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo, where she wrote her dissertation of the understanding of the good life in ancient philosophy. Her main research interests are within the history of philosophy, and she is particularly interested in questions concerning the philosophy of Aristotle. Her most recent publications  include articles exploring the notion of eudaimonia, as well as the Norwegian book Én svale gjør ingen sommer: Filosofi om lykke (‘One Swallow Does Not Make a Spring: Philosophy on Happiness’, 2022).
Kjetil Klette-Bøhler is Professor of Music at the University of South-East Norway. He researches the relationship between music, culture and politics with a particular focus on groove-based Afro-Latin musics from Cuba and Brazil. He also does research on cultural policy, musical pleasure and welfare sociology related to citizenship and social exclusion. Klette-Bøhler worked seven years as a researcher at NOVA: Norwegian Social Research (2015-2022). His latest books include Citizenship and Social Exclusion (Routledge 2023), and Festivalpolitikk i endring (Vigmostad & Bjørke, 2023). Klette-Bøhlers current book project Groove Politics: Pleasure and Participation in Cuban Dance Music explores musical pleasure in groove based musics as a mode of cultural politics. He is currently working on a larger film about jingles, musical pleasure and manipulation in election campaigns related to his current research project on Jingles and Politics, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Foto: Lars Kruse
Ulrik Nissen is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University. He is currently writing a monograph with the provisional working title The Responsive Body. The aim of the book is to argue for a normative concept of the responsiveness of the human body and show what this implies for both the origins, reality and end of the body. The book draws on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ethical theology, contemporary phenomenological thought, and theological bioethics. Nissen has also written Kærlighedens ansvar (2002), a book on how the Christian love shapes and forms our common human responsibility and responsivity, and The Polity of Christ. Studies on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Chalcedonian Christology and Ethics (Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2020).
Thursday 13 June
Welcome/artistic element
Parallel sessions
Coffee and mingle
Parallel sessions
Friday 14 June
Coffee and mingle
Artistic element
Parallel sessions
Parallel sessions
Coffee and mingle

The conference will take place at Ansgar University College, located at Hånes in Kristiansand, 15 minutes by car from Kjevik Airport. Our campus has been newly extended, and we welcome you to dine with an ocean view in our new cafeteria.

Street address: Fredrik Fransonsvei 4, Hånes


Ansgar Hotel is located within a 2-minutes walk from the Campus, with a beautiful view of the sea, and within a few minutes walk to the beach.

Use the discount code WIAGL24 for a 20% conference discount prior to 1 March 2024. We recommend that you book a triple room or a studio apartment for your stay.

Go to booking

There are several alternative hotels in the city centre, for example, Thon Hotel Parken, which is close to the bus station (use bus line M2/Hånes-Sørlandsparken).

Scandic Sørlandet is close to the zoo, but further away from the city centre (use bus line M2/Voiebyen).

By air: Kjevik Airport is 40 minutes by air from Oslo. From Kjevik, you will reach Ansgar University College in 15 minutes by taxi.

By train: Kristiansand city centre is a 4,5 hours train ride from Oslo Central Station. You can get to Ansgar University College by bus or car from the city centre in 20-25 minutes.

Bus (from Oslo): You can get to Krstiansand and Hånes by bus with Vy or Konkurrenten. (Approximately 4 hours from Oslo.) You should choose to get off at Håneskrysset and take the local bus M2 from there to Hånes senter.

Local bus: You will get to Ansgar University College with the local bus M2. From the bus stop Hånes senter there is a five-minutes’ walk down-hill to the Campus.

Scientific committee
Organizing commitee



Marie Strand Skånland, head of research at Ansgar University College: [email protected]

Pictures from the previous conference

Head of organizing committee