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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Seven open PhD student positions

We welcome applicants to seven open PhD student positions in archeaology, philosophy, history, history of ideas, and religionus studies.Two positions have an orientation towards Gender studies. Read more

New course summer 2018: History of Food and Wine

New course summer 2018: History of Food and Wine

What did kings and queens have for breakfast? What did peasants eat? Why is champagne so expensive? Why is there so much hunger in a world of plenty? Learn more about the history of food and wine this summer.

The 2018 Burman Lectures - Race, Manipulative Language, and Politics. 21-23 February at Umeå University

This years Burman lectures in Philosophy will be given by Prof. Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield who gives three open lectures on the theme of Race, Manipulative Language, and Politics. All are ... 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.


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2018-02-06 New course summer 2018: History of Food and Wine What did kings and queens have for breakfast? What did peasants eat? Why is champagne so expensive? ...

2017-09-28 Welcome to this years annual Burman Lectures The Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, invites all interested to the an...

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...

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