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).
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The National Bank of Sweden's research fund), has granted 5.421 million SEK to the further development of the environmental archaeological database (SEAD) at Umeå University for interdisciplinary studies of global challenges with new research and user groups.
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.
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.
Man made emissions of climate threatening greenhouse gases are changing our living conditions around the globe. Martin Hultman, Technology and Environmental Historian, Umeå University and Jonas Anshelm researcher at the Department of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, are the author’s behind a new book: Discourses of Global Climate Change.
Anna Larsson, Associate Professor of the History of Science and Ideas and Björn Norlin, researcher in History, both at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umea University are editors of a new book: "Beyond the Classroom: Studies on Pupils and Informal Schooling Processes in Modern Europe".
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.