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  • 1.
    Abrahamsson, Linn
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Fördomar, normer och generaliseringar: En studie av religionskunskapslärares förhållningsätt till mångfald2018Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie syftar till att undersöka lärares förhållningssätt till begreppet mångfald så som det skrivs fram i ämnesplanen för religionskunskap i LGY11. Fem kvalitativa intervjuer genomfördes med lärare i religionskunskap på gymnasiet. Dessa intervjuer har tolkats med hjälp av en narrativ analysmetod och relaterats dels till olika filosofiska perspektiv, normkritisk pedagogik samt fältet för kontroversiella frågor i undervisning. Resultatet påvisar att det finns såväl likheter som skillnader mellan lärarnas förhållningssätt. En likhet var att många av dem intog ett elevperspektiv i sin undervisning och berättade om hur de anpassar sin undervisning till olika elevgrupper. En skillnad berör hur man uppfattar själva religionsämnet som sådant; vissa av lärarna talade i termer av att motverka fördomar, andra om att ämnet kan bidra till en ökad förståelse hos eleverna själva.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Matilda
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Hur världen kan förhålla sig till förenligheten mellan islam och mänskliga rättigheter: En komparativ analys av två artiklar2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna uppsats undersöker förenligheten och argumentationen kring islam och de mänskliga rättigheterna utifrån två artiklar skrivna av Elena Namli och Irene Oh. Frågeställningarna som studien vilar på är hur författarna argumenterar för förhållandet mellan sharia och mänskliga rättigheter i sina artiklar, vilka typer av förståelse av sharia respektive mänskliga som rättigheter framträder i författarnas artiklar samt om författarnas argumentation kring sharia och mänskliga rättigheter kan bidra till en större förståelse inom skolan.

    Undersökningens metod är en kvalitativ textanalys, i form av en komparativ litteraturstudie där de två artiklarnas innehåll har analyserats. Resultatet av analysen av artiklarna visar hur en gemensam sakfråga, exempelvis sharia, i en dialog bidrar till större förståelse för förenligheten mellan islam och mänskliga rättigheter. Förståelsen för mänskliga rättigheter och islam varierar då sharia, inom islam, kan tolkas både som en gudomlig lag, en juridisk lag eller en familjerättslig lag. Mänskliga rättigheter kan förstås som både en moralisk lag eller en juridisk lag. Argumentationen i artiklarna framhäver även västvärldens förförståelse för förenligheten, där ofta västvärldens tolkningar och synsätt på sharia och mänskliga rättigheter är en oskriven norm.

  • 3.
    Augustsson, Lovisa
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    En bild säger mer än tusen ord: En semiotisk bildanalys av kristendomen och islam i tvåläroböcker2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    We encounter images and visual expressions on a daily basis. An image says more than a thousand words... but maybe the images can say too much? The school plays an important role in the development of democracy, gender equality, tolerance and respect of human rights. It is therefore important to have a discussion about the content of the textbooks and reflecting upon how these support the school's duty. I intend to investigate how images are produced in teaching materials for religious education, focusing on Christianity and Islam. The method of the essay is a semiotic content analysis. To reach the purpose, to investigate how and what images depicted in the teaching materials for religious education, four questions have been compiled: How does the image material look? What relationship does image and text have with each other, and how do they communicate? What is the balance between men and women? Are these different depending on the subject area? Do the textbooks show stereotypes or generalizing views through pictures? The result of the study shows that the analyzed textbooks have a relatively rich image content. Both books have religious phenomena as the main motive of the pictures. One of my most important issues in this analysis was whether the images had a reasonable caption or text link in the current text. Only 8% of the analyzed material had no caption or text attachment. The result also shows that both textbooks reinforce stereotypes. In Christianity, it became clear that 55% of the imagery shows stereotypical patterns, and in the texts about Islam, 60% show stereotypical patterns. A general view is that images contribute to learning and can help explain and illustrate a difficult subject. In particular, images are good for creating variation from the text, but using images must be done with care and caution, as images can easily contribute and reinforce stereotypic perceptions and prejudices.

  • 4.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Filmengagemang, moraliskt patos och hjältedyrkan: publikens respons på filmen Gladiator2015In: Svärd, sandaler och skandaler: antiken på film och i tv / [ed] Hammar, Isak och Zander, Ulf, Lund, 2015, 1, p. 255-271Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Religion och meningsskapande genom film2015In: Samtidsreligion: Sociologiska perspektiv / [ed] Mia Lövheim & Magdalena Nordin, Malmö: Gleerups , 2015, 1, p. 152-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    The soft side of mediatization: fiction as a symbolic inventory for vernacular meaning making challenging the 'banal' notion in mediatization theory2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract The outcome of a case study about contemporary viewing habits in a Swedish audience will support claims about viewers as active and playful (Höijer 1998, Hoover 2006, Plantinga 2009). In line with mediatization theory it is argued that spiritual meaning making is taking place through mediated experiences and supports perspectives that media has become the primary source of religious ideas (Lynch 2007, Hjarvard 2008, 2012). The soft side of mediatization processes is illustrated where results from in-depth interviews show how adults are developing moral and metaphysical ideas by reflecting on themes developed in fiction films (Zillman 2005, Partridge 2008, Oliver & Hartmann 2010).  Vernacular meaning making beyond institutionalized religion, embedded in everyday life, such as viewer’s dealing with fiction narratives such as Pulp Fiction, Love Actually or Gladiator, highlights the need for a more complex understanding of elevated enchantment experiences.  An overly cognitive understanding of these processes is challenged, questioning the ‘banal’ notion in mediatization theory (Hjarvard 2008, 2012, Lövheim 2011, Nybro Petersen 2012). Instead of sticking to the ‘banal’ notion adopted in the mediatization theoretical framework, indicating something predictable, trivial or even dull, the paper strongly argues for a less pejorative concept, giving a more adequate and nuanced description of the interplay between cognition and affects creating emotional response in the audience. The presentation contributes to a development of concepts which combines aesthetic, affective and cognitive components in an investigation of spectator’s moves from emotional evaluation of intra-text narration to extra-textual systems of beliefs and moral assessments (Marsh 2007, Johnston 2007, Axelson 2011). It calls for new ways of understanding audiovisual cinematic input as a form of ‘film thinking’, not equivalent to illustrated philosophy (Frampton 2006, Brodén & Noheden 2013), providing symbolic narratives stirring cognition, powered by affect. 

    Tomas Axelson, ThD

    Assistant Professor Religious Studies, School of Humanities & Media,

    Högskolan Dalarna University, Sweden

    Project: Spectator engagement in film and utopian self-reflexivity. Moving Images and Moved Minds. (The Swedish Research Council)

    http://www.du.se/sv/AVM/Personal/Tomas-Axelson

  • 7.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Thick viewing: empirical examples of condensed moments of narrative impact in fiction film developing theoretical concepts for intensified engagements2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract  In a case study about viewing habits in a Swedish audience I sampled 309 questionnaires; interviews with five focus group were conducted together with ten in-depth individual interviews discussing altogether fifteen favorite films exploring specific scenes of idiosyncratic relevance.  The outcome supports claims about viewers as active and playful (cf. Höijer 1998, Frampton 2006, Hoover 2006, Plantinga 2009). In line with mediatization theory I also argue that spiritual meaning making takes place through mediated experiences and I support theories about fiction films as important sources for moral and spiritual reflection (Partridge 2004, Zillman 2005, Lynch 2007, Plantinga 2009). What Hjarvard calls the soft side of mediatization processes (2008) is illustrated showing adults experiencing enchantment through favorite films (Jerslev 2006, Partridge 2008, Klinger 2008, Oliver & Hartmann 2010).  Vernacular meaning making embedded in everyday life and spectators dealing with fiction narratives such as Gladiator, Amelie from Montmartre or Avatar highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of elevated cinematic experiences. The reported impact of specific movies is analyzed through theories where cognition and affect are central aspects of spectators’ engagements with a film (Tan 1996, Caroll 1999, Grodal 2009). Crucially important are theories of meaning-making where viewers’ detailed interpretation of specific scenes are embedded in high-level meaning-making where world view issues and spectators’ moral frameworks are activated (Zillman 2005, Andersson & Andersson 2005, Frampton 2006, Lynch 2007, Avila 2007, Axelson 2008, Plantinga 2009).  Also results from a growing body of empirical oriented research in film studies are relevant with an interest in what happens with the flesh and blood spectator exposed to filmic narratives (Jerslev 2006, Klinger 2008, Barker 2009, Suckfüll 2010, Oliver & Hartmann 2010). Analyzing the qualitative results of my case study, I want to challenge the claim that the viewer has to suspend higher order reflective cognitive structures in order to experience suture (Butler & Palesh 2004). What I find in my empirical examples is responses related to spectators’ highest levels of mental activity, all anchored in the sensual-emotional apparatus (Grodal 2009). My outcome is in line with a growing number of empirical case studies which support conclusions that both thinking and behavior are affected by film watching (Marsh 2007, Sückfull 2010, Oliver & Hartmann 2010, Axelson forthcoming). The presentation contributes to a development of concepts which combines aesthetic, affective and cognitive components in an investigation of spectator’s moves from emotional evaluation of intra-text narration to extra-textual assessments, testing the narrative for larger significance in idiosyncratic ways (Bordwell & Thompson 1997, Marsh 2007, Johnston 2007, Bruun Vaage 2009, Axelson 2011).

    There are a several profitable concepts suggested to embrace the complex interplay between affects, cognition and emotions when individuals respond to fictional narratives. Robert K. Johnston label it “deepening gaze” (2007: 307) and “transformative viewing” (2007: 305). Philosopher Mitch Avila proposes “high cognition” (2007: 228) and Casper Thybjerg ”higher meaning” (2008: 60). Torben Grodal talks about “feelings of deep meaning” (Grodal 2009: 149). With a nod to Clifford Geertz, Craig Detweiler adopts “thick description” (2007: 47) as do Kutter Callaway altering it to ”thick interpretations” (Callaway 2013: 203).  Frampton states it in a paradox; ”affective intelligence” (Frampton 2006: 166).

    As a result of the empirical investigation, inspired by Geertz, Detweiler & Callaway, I advocate thick viewing for capturing the viewing process of these specific moments of film experience when profound and intensified emotional interpretations take place.

    The author

    As a sociologist of religion, Tomas Axelsons research deals with people’s use of mediated narratives to make sense of reality in a society characterized by individualization, mediatization and pluralized world views.  He explores uses of fiction film as a resource in every day life and he is currently finishing his three year project funded by the Swedish Research Council: Spectator engagement in film and utopian self-reflexivity. Moving Images and Moved Minds.

    http://www.du.se/sv/AVM/Personal/Tomas-Axelson

    Bibliography

    • Axelson, T. (Forthcoming 2014). Den rörliga bildens förmåga att beröra.[1] Stockholm: Liber
    • Axelson, T. (In peer review). Vernacular Meaning Making. Examples of narrative impact in fiction film questioning the ’banal’ notion in mediatization theory. Nordicom Review. Nordicom Göteborg.
    • Axelson, T. (2011). Människans behov av fiktion. Den rörliga bildens förmåga att beröra människan på djupet.[2]Kulturella perspektiv. Volume 2. Article retrieved from

    www.kultmed.umu.se/digitalAssets/74/74304_axelson-22011.pdf

    • Axelson, Tomas (2010) “Narration, Visualization and Mind. Movies in everyday life as a resource for utopian self-reflection.” Paper presentation at CMRC, 7th Conference of Media, Religion & Culture in Toronto, Canada 9 – 13th August 2010.
    • Axelson, Tomas (2008) Movies and Meaning. Studying Audience, Favourite Films and Existential Matters. Particip@tions : Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. Volume 5, (1). Doctoral dissertation summary. ACTA UNIVERSITATIS UPSALIENSIS. Article retrieved from

    http://www.participations.org/Volume%205/Issue%201%20-%20special/5_01_axelson.htm

     [1] English translation: Moving Images and Moved Minds.

    [2] English translation: Our need for fiction. Deeply Moved by Moving Images. Cultural Perspectives.

  • 8.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Thick viewing: empirical examples of condensed moments of narrative impact in fiction film developing theoretical concepts of intensified engagement2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a case study about viewing habits in a Swedish audience I sampled 309 questionnaires; interviews with five focus group were conducted together with ten in-depth individual interviews discussing altogether fifteen favorite films exploring specific scenes of idiosyncratic relevance.  The outcome supports claims about viewers as active and playful (cf. Höijer 1998, Frampton 2006, Hoover 2006, Plantinga 2009). In line with mediatization theory I will also argue that spiritual meaning making takes place through mediated experiences and I support theories about fiction films as important sources for moral and spiritual reflection (Partridge 2004, Zillman 2005, Lynch 2007, Plantinga 2009). What Hjarvard calls the soft side of mediatization processes (2008) is illustrated showing adults experiencing enchantment through favorite films (Jerslev 2006, Partridge 2008, Klinger 2008, Oliver & Hartmann 2010).  Vernacular meaning making embedded in everyday life and spectators dealing with fiction narratives such as Gladiator, Amelie from Montmartre or Avatar highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of elevated cinematic experiences. The reported impact of specific movies is analyzed through theories where cognition and affect are pivotal aspects of spectators’ engagements with a film (Tan 1996, Caroll 1999, Grodal 2009). Crucially important are theories of meaning-making where viewers’ detailed interpretation of specific scenes are embedded in high-level meaning-making where world view issues and spectators’ moral frameworks are activated (Zillman 2005, Andersson & Andersson 2005, Frampton 2006, Lynch 2007, Avila 2007, Axelson 2008, Plantinga 2009).  Also results from a growing body of empirical oriented research in film studies are relevant with an interest in what happens with the flesh and blood spectator exposed to filmic narratives (Jerslev 2006, Klinger 2008, Suckfüll 2010, Oliver & Hartmann 2010). Analyzing the qualitative results of my case study, I want to challenge the claim that the viewer has to suspend higher order reflective cognitive structures in order to experience suture (Butler & Palesh 2004). What I find in my empirical examples is responses related to spectators’ highest levels of mental activity, all anchored in the sensual-emotional apparatus (Grodal 2009). My outcome support a growing number of empirical case studies which support conclusions that both thinking and behavior are affected by film watching (Marsh 2007, Barker 2009, Sückfull 2010, Oliver & Hartmann 2010, Axelson forthcoming). The presentation contributes to a development of concepts which combines aesthetic, affective and cognitive components in an investigation of spectator’s moves from emotional evaluation of intra-text narration to extra-textual assessments, testing the narrative for larger significance in idiosyncratic ways (Bordwell & Thompson 1997, Marsh 2007, Johnston 2007, Bruun Vaage 2009, Axelson 2011).

    There are a several profitable concepts suggested to embrace the complex interplay between affects, cognition and emotions when individuals respond to fictional narratives. Robert K. Johnston label it “deepening gaze” (2007: 307) and “transformative viewing” (2007: 305). Philosopher Mitch Avila proposes “high cognition” (2007: 228) and Casper Thybjerg ”higher meaning” (2008: 60). Torben Grodal talks about “feelings of deep meaning” (Grodal 2009: 149). With a nod to Clifford Geertz, Craig Detweiler adopts “thick description” (2007: 47) as do Kutter Callaway altering it to ”thick interpretations” (Callaway 2013: 203).  Frampton states it in a paradox; ”affective intelligence” (Frampton 2006: 166).

    As a result of the empirical investigation, inspired by Geertz, Detweiler & Callaway, I advocate thick viewing for capturing the viewing process of these specific moments of film experience when profound and intensified emotional interpretations take place.

  • 9.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Varför berörs vi så starkt av musik som Kent och Bob Dylan eller filmer som Amelie och Avatar?2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Axelson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Vernacular meaning making: Examples of narrative impact in fiction film questioning the 'banal' notion in mediatization of religion theory2015In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 143-156Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The outcome of an audience study supports theories stating that stories are a primary means by which we make sense of our experiences over time. Empirical examples of narrative impact are presented in which specific fiction film scenes condense spectators' lives, identities and beliefs. One conclusion is that spectators test the emotional realism of the narative for greater significance, connecting diegetic fiction experiences with their extra-diegetic world in their quest for meaning, self and identity. The 'banal' notion of the mediatization of religion theory is questioned as unsatisfactory in the theoretical context of individualized meaning-making processes. As a semantically negatively charged concept, it is problematic when analyzing empirical examples of spectators' use of fictional narratives, especially when trying to characterize the idiosyncratic and complex interplay between spectators' fiction emotions and their testing of mediated narratives in an exercise to find moral significance in extra-filmic life. Instead vernacular meaning-making is proposed.

  • 11.
    Berg, Madeleine
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Hållbar utveckling inom religionskunskapsundervisningen2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsen syfte är att med utgångspunkt i tre författares klimatdidaktiska respektive miljöetiska teorier, analysera två didaktiska forskningsstudier om undervisning om hållbar utveckling, med avseende på dess tillämpbarhet för undervisning om hållbar utveckling inom ramen för religionsämnets etikmoment. Metoden för denna studie är en kvalitativ litteraturstudie.

    Resultatet av analysen visar att lärare är medvetna om sin undervisning gällande hållbar utveckling. De hoppas hjälpa elever att utveckla ett kritiskt förhållningssätt samt förståelse inför andra människor och deras levnadsvillkor. Man arbetar mest med miljö- och klimatfrågor i den ekologiska aspekten av definitionen av hållbar utveckling och även med den sociala aspekten av ämnet. Demokrati, etik och samhällsansvar ska ge eleverna verktyg att forma sin egen framtid med tillförsikt.

  • 12.
    Bodenhem Östgren, Ellen
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Sex – sakral sensualism eller satanisk svaghet?: En litteraturstudie om judendomen och buddhismensförhållningssätt till sexualitet.2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta är en litteraturstudie som syftar till att undersöka hur judendomen och buddhismen förhåller sig till sexualitet. Den syftar även till att undersöka vilka skillnader det finns i tolkningen av sexualiteten beroende på om forskningen sker med en mer traditionell vetenskaplig forskning eller genom en feministisk forskning. Den teori som ligger till grund för undersökningen baseras på en feministisk värdegrund som vidhåller att det inom sexualiteten finns en tydlig könsmaktsordning och genushierarki. I undersökningen presenteras ett antal texter kopplade till judendomen, buddhismen och sexualitet. Därefter analyseras de olika texterna baserat på dess forskningsinriktning för att se hur maktstrukturerna inom sexualiteten lyfts fram. Här framkommer att det inom den feministiska forskningen läggs en större fokus på att framhålla den maktkonstruktion och de könsroller som konstrueras i förhållande till religionerna. Dock framkommer även denna maktstruktur inom den mer traditionella forskningen. Slutligen sker en diskussion i förhållande till resultat och analys med fokus på den problematik och de möjligheter som kan uppstå när det skall undervisas om sexualitet i religionsämnet på gymnasieskolan. Här framkommer att det finns en problematik med att undervisa om kontroversiella frågor men att det med hjälp av en deliberativ metod finns goda möjligheter att ändå lyckas med denna undervisning.

  • 13.
    Bure Wijk, Helena
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies.
    Stockar och stenar falla där, istället för tårar: en studie av häxprocesserna i Torsåker, Ångermanland 1674-16752014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 14.
    Börjesson, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Enki and the World Order: En ideologikritisk mytanalys2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay researches and traces ideological thoughts and concepts in the ancient Sumerian myth “Enki and the World Order” regarding superiority, gender and royal symbolism. This is done through the theoretical framework of Bruce Lincoln which views myth as narrative ideology. The method used is a qualitative content analysis. I argue that the author of the myth applied the same symbolism for power (the crown and kingship) in the human world as in the world of the gods, and by doing so, the myth legitimizes and naturalizes the phenomenon of kingship in the ordinary world of Mesopotamia. I also argue that the myth portrays the Sumerian land and culture as superior, and grants the land a primeval, sacred origin. Gender roles in the myth, and whether or not these roles also applied for the ancient Sumerians are also discussed. I argue that the myth grants femininity and masculinity a “nature”, and that it describes women as passive, quiet and beautiful while men are described as active and aggressive.

  • 15.
    Börjesson, Petter
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies.
    Befrielse från Frihandelns hegemoni?: En undersökning av Evengelii Gaudiums syn på kapitalism och global frihandel.2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna uppsats är att undersöka vilket tankegods som influerat Evangelii Gaudium, och huruvida påve Franciskus kritik av kapitalismen främst är att betrakta som ett uttryck för befrielseteologi eller den katolska kyrkans mer traditionella sociala lära. För att uppnå syftet jämförs Evangelii Gaudium med tidigare påvliga uttalanden och Gustavo Gutierrez A Theology of Liberation. Resultatet visade att det är möjligt att hitta viss påverkan från den latinamerikanska befrielseteologin, men att påve Franciskus ståndpunkter i fråga om fattigdom och ekonomi är förankrade i den katolska traditionen och kritiken mot kapitalismen snarare har en teologisk grund än en politisk.

  • 16.
    Ciparsons, Martin
    Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Religious Studies.
    Valet av undervisningsmaterial och dess konsekvenser: En jämförande undersökning om framställningar av islam i läroböcker2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 17.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    An Early Modern Era of Crises and Lutheran Reform Programs: A Mirror of Our Time?2017In: Mending the World?: Possibilities and Obstacles för Reilgion, Church and Theology / [ed] Nilas Blåder & Kristina Helgesson Kjellin, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2017, 1, p. 413-424Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Att lösa klimatproblem med Luther eller Calvin: Reflektioner om det typiskt svenska som uttryck för en sekulariserad teologi2008In: Luther som utmaning Om frihet och ansvar, Stockholm: Verbum , 2008, Vol. 7Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artiken behandlar hur Luthers teologi lever vidare i sekulariserad form i svensk nationell diskurs. Med utgångspunkt i klimatfrågan kontrasteras mot det kalvinska arv som representeras av fd vicepresiden Al Gore.

  • 19.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Att överleva sjönöd till ett nytt frommare liv – om 1600-talet som reform­program­mens århundrade2017In: Visioner för en bättre värld. Pietismen som transnationell, reformatorisk och utopisk drivkraft: NORDVECK-konferens i Halle, 24–25 augusti 2017, 2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Blev det moderna Danmark mer lutherskt än Sverige?: Några perspektiv utifrån treståndslära och nationsbygge2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Das Bergwerk von Falun, der Pfarrer Olof Ekman (1639-1713) und die Entstehung des schwedischen Pietismus. Eine neue Frömmigkeit in einer außergewöhnlichen sozialen Situation2011In: Pietismus und Neuzeit : ein Jahrbuch zur Geschichte des neueren Protestantismus, ISSN 0172-6943, Vol. 37, p. 163-176Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Demokrati och identitet i dansk och svensk folkkyrka – två olika historier2013In: Kritisk forum for praktisk teologi, ISSN 0106-6749, Vol. 131, p. 29-42Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Den nya inre vägen: i väntan på både frälsning och malm2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Ekman, Olof. Reformivrare och kyrkoherde2012In: 111 betydande män och kvinnor i Världsarvet Falun under 400 år / [ed] Stål, Elizabet, Falun: Kulturpoolen i Falun , 2012, p. 18-19Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    En folklig folkkyrka?: Historien om Svenska kyrkan och det civila samhället2006In: Det civila samhället som forskningsfält : nya avhandlingar i ett nytt sekel / [ed] Svedberg, Lars; Trägårdh, Lars, Stockholm: Riksbankens jubileumsfond och Gidlunds förlag , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Enevald Svenonius2017In: Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (Swedelius - Swenson), Vol. 169, p. 598-603Article, review/survey (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    En biografisk artikel om den lutherskt ortodoxe teologen Enevald Svenonius (1617-1688) vid universitetet i Åbo.

  • 27.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Folkkyrkan som tappade sitt folk: om kyrka, folk och klass under 1900-talet2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Fromme Leserkreise des 17. Jahrhunderts als Schlüssel der Reinterpretation Lutherischer Theologie an einem Beispiel aus Schweden: Jacob Boëthius2016In: Schrift soll leserlich seyn: Der Pietismus und die Medien / [ed] Christian Soboth, Pia Schmid, Halle ad Saale: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen , 2016, 1, p. 453-464Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Från då till nu: hur Svenska kyrkan som kulturarv riskerar att begränsas av förenklade historieskrivningar2017In: Mellan himmel och jord: Svenska kyrkans kulturarv inför framtiden / [ed] Göran Gunner & Maria Södling, Stockholm: Verbum Forlag, 2017, 1, p. 149-165Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Gruvsamhället vid Stora Kopparberget som kyrklig utmaning: Faluprästen Olof Ekman (1639–1713) som föregångare för svensk pietism2012In: Fornstora dagar: En antologi med texter om Falun, Stora Kopparberget och Sveriges stormaktstid / [ed] Bo G. Jansson, Inga Lena Ångström Grandien, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna , 2012, p. 10-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Habermas, kyrka och offentlighet: ett historiskt perspektiv på religionens återkomst2013In: Religionens offentlighet: Om religionens plats i samhället / [ed] Stenström, Hanna, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2013, p. 47-60Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Harald Hallén, Arvika och folkkyrkan2011In: Trefaldighetskyrkan i Arvika 100 år. En jubileumsskriftArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 33.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Harald Hallén som kyrkopolitiker2010In: Svensk kyrkotidning, ISSN 0346-2153, no 20, p. 333-336Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    This article summarize my dissertation about the victory of the swedish democratic "folk-church" as a parallel to the victory of the Social Democratic ideal of Swedish society as a home for the People (Folkhem).

  • 34.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Hengellinen herätys ruotsalaisessa kaivosyhteisössä 300 vuotta sitten (= Andlig väckelse i ett svenskt bergverkssamfund för 300 år sedan)2009In: Perusta, ISSN 0355-7111, Vol. 36, no 6, p. 338-341Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History. Svenska kyrkans forskningsenhet.
    Kris och kristnande: Olof Ekmans kamp för kristendomens återupprättande vid Stora Kopparberget 1689-1713. Pietism, program och praktik2015 (ed. 1)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As different Lutheran states tried to secure and implement the heritage of the Reformation at the beginning of the 17th century, criticism soon emerged. The confessionalization did not seem to be a success. Despite increased control and attempts to educate the population, people quite simply did not seem to become more pious. The critics belonged to a new group of readers that had discovered medieval mysticism as a source of increased piety. Johann Arndt (1555–1621) became the central figure in this movement, as his widely popular books about true Christianity were a sort of popularization of medieval monastic mysticism. This new group also eagerly read translated books written by puritan authors, as these delivered more specific guidelines for holier lives. It was in this context of new “middling” groups of pious readers that programs for reform were written by authors like Theophil Großgebauer (1627–1661), Philipp Jacob Spener (1635–1705) and Olof Ekman (1639–1713).This study focuses on the Swedish vicar Olof Ekman and his role as an important pioneer for pietistic ideas in Sweden. Ekman is famous for a program called Promise at Sea (Sjönödslöfte), which was published in 1680. In the first part of my study I mainly focus on this book and its context. Ekman’s program became a Swedish parallel to the Pia Desideria program, published by the main pioneer for pietism in Germany, Philipp Jacob Spener, in 1675. Pia Desideria was the starting point for the pietistic movement as it emphasized reading of the bible, conventicles and a new belief in the future. Ekman and Spener both strove for the activation of the individual’s faith into social practice. The main difference was that Ekman published his text as an exhortation to the young ruler Charles XI (1655–1697), who became the sovereign and absolutist ruler of the Swedish Empire in the same year as the program was published. For Ekman the road to improvement of public piety ran through asystem of public education, financed by the state. In the politically fragmented Holy Roman Empire of Germany, Spener did not have similar possibilities to trust the state as a force for change. Spener had to rely on the church as the key to reform. Interestingly, however, Spener shared Ekman’s hope for the Swedis hking as an ally for creating a more pious life among the lay population. Pia Desideria was never meant for the Swedish Empire. The first part of my study primarily analyses Ekman’s program and its contexts. Ekman’s main inspiration came from the Rostock theologian Theophil Großgebauer’s program Wächterstimme aus dem verwüsteten Zion of 1661. The Promise at Sea was written as a promise to God after Ekman survived a shipwreck on the Baltic Sea in 1679 on his way home to Sweden after fulfilling his duties as a Field Superintendendent for the Swedish Army in Livonia. In that part of the Swedish Empire Johann Fischer (1636–1705) was Superintendent for the church. Fischer was a friend of Spener’s, had studied in Rostock and was influenced by Großgebauer. In the province of Livonia Fischer had received support from the Swedish king to realize Großgebauer’s ideas about popular education in schools, financed by the state. These schools were intended to raise the population from serfdom and place the peasants in Livonia at the same level as other peasants in the Swedish Empire. Serfdom did not exist in Sweden. It is obvious Ekman wrote his program with his experiences from Livonia fresh in mind. As Ekman had published a program that encouraged the state to promote pietism, he became recognized by pietists around August Hermann Francke (1663–1727) in Halle around the year 1700. Joachim Justus Breithaupt (1658–1732) tried to arrange for a translation of Promise at Sea into Latin. Pietists around Francke had ambitions to translate Ekman’s program that advocated a form of state pietism, as they themselves received strong support from the state of Prussia. At the same time, it is striking that Spener’s Pia Desideria was not translated into Swedish at the time.The second main part of my study focuses on how Ekman fulfilled his duties as a pastor in the parishes by the Great Copper Mine in Falun in central Sweden. This town was dominated by industrial activities and was sort of a problem child to the church. The local population worked hard in the mining industry. Wage-labor, high risks of getting injured in the mine and uncertainties on the copper market were just some of the things that contributed to the local challenges Ekman had to face. His program for greater piety was a guideline as he strove for the improvement of teaching in church, popular education in school and better church discipline. For example, Ekman organized the enlargement of the sacristy in one of the main churches in Falun in order to have enough space for teaching and confessions. Ekman tried to obtain funding from the king for wages to what were known as the “extraordinary” teachers of general education in school. At the time in Sweden, basic education was generally performed at home. In Falun many children were fatherless because of the dangerous mine, and thus needed public education. He also published a commentary of Martin Luther’s “Small Catechism”, specifically aimed at his parishioners at the Great Copper Mountain. Ekman’s textbook was the first Swedish catechism that was based upon Spener. Ekman was heavily influenced by Spener’s Latin version of his catechism and Johann Fischer’s version of the so called Frankfurter catechism. Ekman was also the first person in Sweden to introduce a more elaborate version of what was known as the order of salvation (ordo salutis) in a textbook for ordinary people. This order consisted of a series of conceptual steps on the path to salvation. In a town characterized by lack of outer certainty, there was a greater need for an inner path to salvation. I present how Ekman developed this general theme in funeral sermons, where the possibility of experiencing eternal blessings on this earth was put forward as a way to stimulate a holy life. The biblical words from Isaiah 54:10: “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee” were often used to his mining congregations as a promise of heavenly realities already in this life. Interestingly, Ekman’s funeral sermons have a close similarity to Spener’s. Earlier research has shown that, in an innovative way, Spener emphasized the possibilities of experiencing heaven on earth in his funeral sermons. Another area I investigate in my study is how Ekman also tried to lead his congregation to salvation according to the pattern of the order of salvation in his dealings with church discipline. He strove to reach inside of people in an attempt to evoke true feelings of repentance. Ekman did not want to use hard methods for fear of creating hatred against himself, as this would lead to a situation where the sinner stopped listening to his preaching. In summary, this study explores for the first time an early Swedish parallelto the early German development of pietism. The study is also groundbreaking in terms of putting pietism and the early mining industry in context with one another. Pietism is presented as a local form of a general Swedish confessionalization for facing the social realities created by early industrialization.

  • 36.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Luther som nyckel till svensk statsindividualism?: Recension av nyutgåva:  Henrik Berggren och Lars Trägårdh. Är svensken människa? Gemenskap och oberoende i det moderna Sverige.2016In: Kristen humanism. Årsbok 2017., ISSN 2001-7421, Vol. 78, p. 165-167Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 37.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Luthersk ortodoxi eller karolinsk puritanism?: Perspektiv på konstruktionen av 1600-talets enhetskyrka som kyrkohistoriskt minne2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Med Luther för framtiden2010In: Svensk kyrkotidning, ISSN 0346-2153, no 25Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Olof Ekman (1639–1713) – an ordinary Swedish pastor as a pioneer for pietism: Perspectives on writing ecclesiastical biographies in the tension between local and international contexts2016In: Writing Ecclesiastical Biographies / [ed] Jarlert, Anders, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Olof Ekman (1639-1713): an ordinary Swedish Pastor as a Pioneer for Pietism2015In: Perspectives upon writing Ecclesiastical Biographies in the tension between local and international contexts: , 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Pietistisk fromhet under svensk stormaktstid: Faluprästen Olof Ekman och hans Sjönödslöfte som pastoralt program2011In: Press, pietism och lokalkyrka. : Kyrkohistoriska föreläsningar vid ett symposium med anledning av Harry Lenhammars 80-årsdag jämte dennes bibliografi / [ed] Bexell, Oloph, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2011, 1, p. 25-60Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Priesthood of all believers as public opinion: An unexplored link between the Lutheran Reformation and the Enlightenment?2015In: Justification in a Post-Christian Society / [ed] Carl-Henrik Grenholm – Göran Gunner., Eúgene: Pickwick Publications, 2015, p. 207-221Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Recension av Holze, Heinrich,  Die Kirchen des Nordens in der Neuzeit (16.-20. Jahrhundert), Kirchengeschichte in Einzeldarstellungen III/11, Evangelische Verlagsanstalt: Leipzig 2011, 250 S.2015In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Recension av Jarlert, Anders (red.) Kyrkohistoria - perspektiv på ett forskningsämne2010In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Recension av Jarlert, Anders (red.) Magnus Friedrich Roos - ein Württembergtheologe und Schweden2014In: Pietismus und Neuzeit: ein Jahrbuch zur Geschichte des neueren Protestantismus, ISSN 0172-6943, Vol. 40Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Recension av Kurt E. Larsen (red.) Historiebruk i väckelseforskningen (Bibliotheca Historico-Ecclesiastica Lundensis 58)2016In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619, Vol. 116, p. 234-236Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Recension, efter roll som fakultetsopponent vid Lunds universitet, på Johan Herbertsson, Rättegångsgudstjänsten i Sverige. Reglering och förändring 1684-1989 (Bibliotheca Historico-Ecclesiastica Lundensis 59)2016In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619, Vol. 116, p. 206-216Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Samlingsrecension: Religion, skole og integration i Danmark og Sverige, Udfordringer til Folkekirken och Nyfiken på Danmark - klokare på Sverige2008In: Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0085-2619, Vol. 108, p. 296-299Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Svenska kyrkan2008In: Religion i Sverige / [ed] Svanberg, Ingvar; Westerlund, David, Stockholm: Dialogos , 2008, p. 89-97Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Texten behandlar Svenska kyrkans historiska bakgrund, nutida identitet och organisation.

  • 50.
    Claesson, Urban
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
    Sverige – landet uden en Grundtvig: En kirkehistorisk sammenligning mellem Danmark og Sverige2013In: Samfundsbyggeren: Artikler om Grundtvigs samfundstaenkning, Köpenhamn: Anis bokförlag , 2013, p. 221-250Chapter in book (Other academic)
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