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Heini í Skorini
PhD, associate Professor, Programme Leader
Faculty of History and Social Sciences
Telephone +298 292610
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  • About
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications
  • CV
  • Other activities
Teaching
  • Human Rights, Religion and Politics
  • How to write an MA thesis
  • Methodology
  • International Relations
  • Politics and Administration in Small States and Islands
Research interests

My main research area lies in the intersection between International Relations, religion and human rights. My Ph.D. thesis, published as a book in 2020 by Routledge University Press, examines freedom of expression, blasphemy and human rights within the field of International Relations.

Also, I am increasingly conducting research within the field of media studies as part of the Nordic Media Research Network based at Roskilde Universitetscenter (Denmark) led by Prof. Ida Willig and Prof. Mark Ørsten.

Furthermore, I am currently collecting new and comparative data on social, political and religious attitudes in the Faroe Islands which has various purposes. One project aims to examine popular attitudes to science and experts with regard to Covid-19 and other policy-relevant scientific issues (such as climate change, sustainability, vaccines etc.). This project is connected to the HOPE-project at Aarhus University (HOPE meaning "How Democracies Cope with Covid"). Within the field of social epistemology, the ambition is to gain a better understanding of human reasoning in different cultural, geographical and political contexts.

Data gathering on religious attitudes in the Faroe Islands is done in the context of the World Value Survey in order to compare the Faroe Islands with the rest of Scandiavia, Europe and the wider world.

Finally, we are launching a new project within International Relations and the Arctic Region. The purpose is to exam how small states and microstates navigate internationally in the midst of rising tensions between the US, Russia and China.

Latest publications
  • Ravn-Højgaard, Signe; Jóhannsdóttir, Valgerður; Karlsson, Ragnar; Olavson, Rógvi; Skorini, Heini í (2021):"Particularities of Media Systems in the West Nordic Countries". In Nordicom Review,  Special Issue, Vol. 42, pp. 102-123.
  • Skorini, Heini (2021). "Færøerne". In Covid-19 och de nordiska nyhetsmediarna (ed. Jonas Ohlsson, Mark Blach-Ørsten & Ida Willig). Nordisk Ministerråd.
  • Skorini, Heini (2020): "Science as a Political Battlefield: How Cultural Values Shape People's Attitudes to Science". In Political Identity and Democratic Citizenship in Turbulent Times (ed. Niels Nørgaard Kristensen), pp. 29-53, IGI Global.
  • Skorini, Heini (2020): Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations: The Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms. Routledge University Press. United Kingdom.
  • Skorini, Heini (2019): “The OIC and Freedom of Expression: Justifying Religious Censorship Norms with Human Rights Language”, in The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Human Rights: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, ed. Marie Juul Petersen and Turan Kayaoglu, University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Petersen, Marie Juul, and Skorini, Heini (2017): “Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: protecting individuals or protecting religions?” Religion and the Public Sphere, London School of Economics and Politics, LSE Research Online.
  • Skorini, Heini (2017): “Human Rights Language as a Double-Edged Sword: Examining the Clash on Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions in the UN System”, Ph.D. thesis, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • Skorini, Heini and Juul Petersen, Marie (2016): “Hate speech and holy prophets: tracing the OIC’s strategies to protect religion at the UN. In Religion, State and the United Nations, (ed. Anne Stensvold), Routledge.

Selected Academic Presentations:

  • February 2020: “Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations”. Dansk PEN and the Society of Foreign Policy. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • February 2020: “Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations”. King’s College London, Department of War Studies, London, United Kingdom.
  • 2018: “Tommy Robinson, Free Speech and Multiculturalism”. The Free Press Society, conference in the Danish Parliament, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2018: “OIC's Strategy in the United Nations: How Hate Speech and Other Human Rights Concepts Can Promote Religious Censorship”. The Free Debate Society, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “Don't Attack my Religion! The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms”. Conference on Religions and Human Rights. University of Padova, Italy.
  • 2016: “Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions: Examining the Clash in the UN”. Conference in the Danish Parliament on Art, Blasphemy and Democracy. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “American Free Speech Ideals at Home and Abroad”. The Free Debate Society. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “Protecting Religion or Protecting Individuals: Between Free Speech and Hate
    Speech”. Conference in memory of professor Kári á Rógvi. The University of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn.
  • 2015: “Hate Speech and Holy Prophets”. Workshop at the University of Oslo, Norway.
  • 2014: “Human Rights and Islam”. Opponent at the International Studies Association’s Human Rights Section’s Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2014: “Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religion: Examining the Clash in the UN”. Conference in International Relations at Cumberland Lodge, King’s College, University of
    London, United Kingdom.

Selected Media Articles:

  • ”Islam er og forbliver politik”. Weekendavisen #41 | 1.sektion | 14. Oktober - 20. Oktober 2016
  • ”Det amerikanske paradoks”. Weekendavisen #25 | Ideer | 24. Juni - 30. Juni 2016
  • ”Frihed fra synd”. Weekendavisen #23 | 1.sektion | 10. Juni - 16. Juni 2016
  • ”Ateisme er terrorisme”. Weekendavisen #30 | Kultur | 24. Juli - 30. Juli 2015
  • ”En hugorm med læbestift”. Weekendavisen #25 | 1.sektion | 19. Juni - 25. Juni 2015
  • ”Hellig sperm”. Weekendavisen #14 | Kultur | 1. April - 7. April 2015
  • ”Den islamiske renæssance”. Weekendavisen #6 | Ideer | 6. Februar - 12. Februar 2015
  • ”Kulturer er ikke fængselsceller”. Weekendavisen #34 | 1.sektion | 22. August - 28. August 2014
  • ”Pamela Anderson versus Færøerne”. Weekendavisen #37 | 1.sektion | 12. September - 18. September 2014
  • ”Receptionisten og relativismen”. Weekendavisen #26 | Bøger | 27. Juni - 3. Juli 2014
  • ”Den gudløse glidebane”. Weekendavisen #50 | 1.sektion | 13. December - 19. December2013
  • ”Nordisk trekantsdrama”. Weekendavisen #28 | 1.sektion | 12. Juli - 18. Juli 2013
  • ”Et eller andet oppe nordpå”. Weekendavisen #21 | 1.sektion | 24. Maj - 30. Maj 2013
  • ”Med sharia skal man land bygge”. Weekendavisen #11 | 1.sektion | 15. Marts - 21. Marts 2013
  • ”Den frie tales klub”. Weekendavisen #39 | 1.sektion | 28. September - 4. Oktober 2012
  • ”Den nordatlantiske makrelkrig”. Weekendavisen #10 | 1.sektion | 9. Marts - 15. Marts 2012
  • ”Flugten fra Færøerne”. Weekendavisen #52 | 1.sektion | 30. December - 5. Januar 2012
Overview
  • Human Rights, Religion and Politics
  • How to write an MA thesis
  • Methodology
  • International Relations
  • Politics and Administration in Small States and Islands
Description of research

My main research area lies in the intersection between International Relations, religion and human rights. My Ph.D. thesis, published as a book in 2020 by Routledge University Press, examines freedom of expression, blasphemy and human rights within the field of International Relations.

Also, I am increasingly conducting research within the field of media studies as part of the Nordic Media Research Network based at Roskilde Universitetscenter (Denmark) led by Prof. Ida Willig and Prof. Mark Ørsten.

Furthermore, I am currently collecting new and comparative data on social, political and religious attitudes in the Faroe Islands which has various purposes. One project aims to examine popular attitudes to science and experts with regard to Covid-19 and other policy-relevant scientific issues (such as climate change, sustainability, vaccines etc.). This project is connected to the HOPE-project at Aarhus University (HOPE meaning "How Democracies Cope with Covid"). Within the field of social epistemology, the ambition is to gain a better understanding of human reasoning in different cultural, geographical and political contexts.

Data gathering on religious attitudes in the Faroe Islands is done in the context of the World Value Survey in order to compare the Faroe Islands with the rest of Scandiavia, Europe and the wider world.

Finally, we are launching a new project within International Relations and the Arctic Region. The purpose is to exam how small states and microstates navigate internationally in the midst of rising tensions between the US, Russia and China.

Overview
  • Ravn-Højgaard, Signe; Jóhannsdóttir, Valgerður; Karlsson, Ragnar; Olavson, Rógvi; Skorini, Heini í (2021):"Particularities of Media Systems in the West Nordic Countries". In Nordicom Review,  Special Issue, Vol. 42, pp. 102-123.
  • Skorini, Heini (2021). "Færøerne". In Covid-19 och de nordiska nyhetsmediarna (ed. Jonas Ohlsson, Mark Blach-Ørsten & Ida Willig). Nordisk Ministerråd.
  • Skorini, Heini (2020): "Science as a Political Battlefield: How Cultural Values Shape People's Attitudes to Science". In Political Identity and Democratic Citizenship in Turbulent Times (ed. Niels Nørgaard Kristensen), pp. 29-53, IGI Global.
  • Skorini, Heini (2020): Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations: The Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms. Routledge University Press. United Kingdom.
  • Skorini, Heini (2019): “The OIC and Freedom of Expression: Justifying Religious Censorship Norms with Human Rights Language”, in The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Human Rights: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, ed. Marie Juul Petersen and Turan Kayaoglu, University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Petersen, Marie Juul, and Skorini, Heini (2017): “Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: protecting individuals or protecting religions?” Religion and the Public Sphere, London School of Economics and Politics, LSE Research Online.
  • Skorini, Heini (2017): “Human Rights Language as a Double-Edged Sword: Examining the Clash on Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions in the UN System”, Ph.D. thesis, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • Skorini, Heini and Juul Petersen, Marie (2016): “Hate speech and holy prophets: tracing the OIC’s strategies to protect religion at the UN. In Religion, State and the United Nations, (ed. Anne Stensvold), Routledge.

Selected Academic Presentations:

  • February 2020: “Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations”. Dansk PEN and the Society of Foreign Policy. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • February 2020: “Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations”. King’s College London, Department of War Studies, London, United Kingdom.
  • 2018: “Tommy Robinson, Free Speech and Multiculturalism”. The Free Press Society, conference in the Danish Parliament, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2018: “OIC's Strategy in the United Nations: How Hate Speech and Other Human Rights Concepts Can Promote Religious Censorship”. The Free Debate Society, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “Don't Attack my Religion! The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms”. Conference on Religions and Human Rights. University of Padova, Italy.
  • 2016: “Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions: Examining the Clash in the UN”. Conference in the Danish Parliament on Art, Blasphemy and Democracy. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “American Free Speech Ideals at Home and Abroad”. The Free Debate Society. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2016: “Protecting Religion or Protecting Individuals: Between Free Speech and Hate
    Speech”. Conference in memory of professor Kári á Rógvi. The University of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn.
  • 2015: “Hate Speech and Holy Prophets”. Workshop at the University of Oslo, Norway.
  • 2014: “Human Rights and Islam”. Opponent at the International Studies Association’s Human Rights Section’s Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2014: “Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religion: Examining the Clash in the UN”. Conference in International Relations at Cumberland Lodge, King’s College, University of
    London, United Kingdom.

Selected Media Articles:

  • ”Islam er og forbliver politik”. Weekendavisen #41 | 1.sektion | 14. Oktober - 20. Oktober 2016
  • ”Det amerikanske paradoks”. Weekendavisen #25 | Ideer | 24. Juni - 30. Juni 2016
  • ”Frihed fra synd”. Weekendavisen #23 | 1.sektion | 10. Juni - 16. Juni 2016
  • ”Ateisme er terrorisme”. Weekendavisen #30 | Kultur | 24. Juli - 30. Juli 2015
  • ”En hugorm med læbestift”. Weekendavisen #25 | 1.sektion | 19. Juni - 25. Juni 2015
  • ”Hellig sperm”. Weekendavisen #14 | Kultur | 1. April - 7. April 2015
  • ”Den islamiske renæssance”. Weekendavisen #6 | Ideer | 6. Februar - 12. Februar 2015
  • ”Kulturer er ikke fængselsceller”. Weekendavisen #34 | 1.sektion | 22. August - 28. August 2014
  • ”Pamela Anderson versus Færøerne”. Weekendavisen #37 | 1.sektion | 12. September - 18. September 2014
  • ”Receptionisten og relativismen”. Weekendavisen #26 | Bøger | 27. Juni - 3. Juli 2014
  • ”Den gudløse glidebane”. Weekendavisen #50 | 1.sektion | 13. December - 19. December2013
  • ”Nordisk trekantsdrama”. Weekendavisen #28 | 1.sektion | 12. Juli - 18. Juli 2013
  • ”Et eller andet oppe nordpå”. Weekendavisen #21 | 1.sektion | 24. Maj - 30. Maj 2013
  • ”Med sharia skal man land bygge”. Weekendavisen #11 | 1.sektion | 15. Marts - 21. Marts 2013
  • ”Den frie tales klub”. Weekendavisen #39 | 1.sektion | 28. September - 4. Oktober 2012
  • ”Den nordatlantiske makrelkrig”. Weekendavisen #10 | 1.sektion | 9. Marts - 15. Marts 2012
  • ”Flugten fra Færøerne”. Weekendavisen #52 | 1.sektion | 30. December - 5. Januar 2012
Personal data
Education

Ph.D. in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

MA in Religion in Contemporary Society, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London

BA in Political Science, The University of the Faroe Islands & University of Copenhagen

Positions
  • 2017-present: Assistant Professor, Department of History and Social Science, University of the Faroe Islands
  • 2017 (January – October) : Journalist & TV documentary director, Department of Culture, Faroese Public Service Broadcasting Company Kringvarp Føroya
  • 2016: Full time Consultant at the Faroese Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Immigration Office.
  • 2012-2016: Ph.D.-student at King’s College London, Department of War Studies
  • 2015-2017: Visiting lecturer at the University of the Faroe Islands, Department of History and Social Sciences.
  • 2011-2016: Freelance journalist for the Danish weekly, Weekendavisen.
  • 2009-2012, 2014 and 2017: Full time journalist, TV-host and radio-host for the Faroese Public Service Broadcasting Company, Kringvarp Føroya.
  • 2011-2016: Commentator for Danish newspapers Berlingske and Politiken, freelance journalist for Danish foreign policy magazine Ræson, the Nordic journal Atlantic Review and Faroese newspapers Dimmalætting and Sosialurin.
  • 2013: Tutor at King’s College, University of London.
  • 2011-2016: Self-employed with focus on journalism, communication, conferences,
    book publications and other political arrangements.
  • 2008: Project employee, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 2008: Internship at the Royal Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel (the political department).
  • 2004-2006: Secretary in the Danish Parliament for the North Atlantic Group. Employed by member of parliament Høgni Hoydal.
  • 2003-2004: Volunteer at Christine Revell´s Children Home in Athlone, South Africa.