Welcome to the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

As the largest department in the Faculty of Arts, we are able to offer a diverse range of courses from archaeology, environmental archaeology, philosophy, history, history of science and ideas, religious studies, theology to educational history. We have a number of flourishing research groups and conduct research in a variety of exciting fields. Our researchers work closely with the local community and interact with the non-academic world via contributions to popular science and active participation in debates on culture and society. The department also hosts two national research infrastructures: The Environmental Archaeology Laboratory and the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD).

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Open position as Professor of Archaeology

First day of employment is 1 July 2018 or by agreement. Apply no later than 29 September 2017. Read more

International Perspectives on Teaching Rival Histories

International Perspectives on Teaching Rival Histories

A new anthology presents different ways to approach "conflicting stories" in the classroom. The conclusion that can be drawn is that the educational approaches to this type of historical problem require a great deal of consideration for different national and culturally defined educational contexts. The book is edited by Henrik Åström Elmersjö, Umeå University, Anna Clark, University of Technology, Sydney and Monika Vinterek, University of Dalarna.

How one's research can make a difference

How do I, as a PhD student, meet the requirements and expectations of my research academic and social impact? In a workshop on May 31st, Anna Sténs, historian and innovation ambassador at humfak and Bodil Formark, historian and research coordinator of the External Relations Unit, would like to invite PhD students to see the potentials in their dissertation projects.

New cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary research

New cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary research

By connecting and integrating a range of international research databases, DataARC will produce online tools and infrastructure to enable ground-breaking interdisciplinary research on human ecodynamics in the North Atlantic context. Umeå University's part in the project funded by the National Science Foundation will be led by the Environmental Archaeology Lab (MAL) and Humlab.

Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)Making of Gender

New book Anna Foka, researcher at HUMlab and Jonas Liliequist, professor, history, both at Umeå University stands behind a new book, Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)Making of Gender.

Engaging with Educational Space

Engaging with Educational Space

New book Björn Norlin, researcher at the Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, are together with Ian Grosvenor, University of Birmingham and Catherine Burke, University of Cambridge, editor of a new book in the field of educational sciences.

Major Viking Hall Identified in Sweden

A Viking feasting hall measuring almost 50 metres in length has been identified near Vadstena in Sweden. Archaeologists from Stockholm University and Umeå University used ground-penetrating radar, a non-invasive geophysical method, to locate and map the house foundation. The study was published in the journal Archaeological Prospection.


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2017-05-29 International Perspectives on Teaching Rival Histories A new anthology presents different ways to approach "conflicting stories" in the classroom. The conc...

2017-05-12 How one's research can make a difference How do I, as a PhD student, meet the requirements and expectations of my research academic and socia...

2016-11-24 New cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary research By connecting and integrating a range of international research databases, DataARC will produce onli...

2016-11-24 New cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary research By connecting and integrating a range of international research databases, DataARC will produce onli...

2016-11-22 Disabilities, Well-being, and the Interpretation of Social Indicators The Higher Seminar in Philosophy and Theory of Science invite to a seminar with Jason Raibley, Calif...

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