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).
Kalle Grill, associate professor of Philosophy at Umeå University, and Jason Hanna, Associate professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University, are editors for a new book on the philosophy of paternalism.
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.
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.