My name is Stefan Arvidsson. I’m a professor in the history of religions at Linnæus University, Sweden. My main scholarly interest concerns the study of modern mythology, i.e. the study of how imaginative stories shape modern collective identities. I have previusly done research on scholarship and myth and art and myth. I’m currently studying modern politics and myth, more specifically socialist mythology. A monograph, covering the cultural style and mythology of socialism from 1871 to 1914, was published in Swedish in 2016. Translated by Karen Swartz Larsson, it will be appear in English in 2018, published by Routledge. Funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond: the Swedish foundation for humanties and social sciences, I am now continuing research on the interwar period. Together with Jakub Beneš and Anja Kirsch, I’m editing a volume with the working title Socialist Imaginations: Utopias, Myths, and the Masses. I am moreover struggling to finish a booklet on religion and politics, also 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.