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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.

Registration is required from all conference participants.

Registration will open fall 2023.

We welcome abstract submissions for presentations in the form of paper presentations, poster presentations, and symposium sessions. Please specify the type of presentation in your submission. Abstracts should be 250 words. Please include name, affiliation and corresponding details for the author and possible co-authors together with a short biography.

Paper submission will open in August 2023.

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.

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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

Marie Strand Skånland, Associate professor in music and health, head of research
Martin Jakobsen, Associate professor in theology
Lars Mandelkow, Assistant professor in psychology


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

Pictures from the previous conference

Head of organizing committee