About me and my research

namnlo%cc%88st-12My name is Stefan Arvidsson. I’m professor in the history of religions at Linnæus University, Sweden. My main scholarly interest concerns modern mythology, i.e. how imaginative stories shape modern collective identities. I have previously done research on myth and scholarship (the discourse on Aryan/Indo-European religion and culture) and on myth and art (Wagner, Tolkien). I’m currently studying myth and politics, more specifically socialist mythology. A monograph, covering the cultural style and mythology of socialism from 1871 to 1914, was published in Swedish in 2016 and then in English in 2017 under the title The Style and Mythology of Socialism. Socialist Idealism, 1871-1914 (Routledge).

Funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond: the Swedish foundation for humanities and social sciences, I am now continuing research on the style and mythology of socialism during the interwar period. Together with Jakub Beneš and Anja Kirsch, I have recently edited, and written the introducion to, the volume Socialist Imaginations: Utopias, Myths, and the Masses (Routledge, 2018). I have moreover written a  book on religion and politics, Religion and Politics under Capitalism: A Humanistic Approach to the  Terminology, also published by Routledge and funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond

The aim with this blog is to let the reader take part in various aspects of this on-going research. You find more information on my scholarly background, my publications, contact info and so forth, on my page at Linnæus University.