Research at the Faculty of Arts
Research is successfully conducted within the areas of language, culture, history, archaeology, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and media studies.
There are a lot of interesting research projects going on in different subjects. Please find and read about them in the reasearch database.
Umeå University has prioritised fourteen strong research environments, and humanities research is an important part in three of them - Ageing and Living Conditions, Gender Studies and Northern Studies.
What is regarded to be feminine and masculine varies in space and time, but gender everywhere and always affects human life. Gender research is a field in which the faculty has been very successful.The gender perspective has resulted in research programmes, research- and teaching positions, research courses and seminars. Leader of the Challenging Gender Research Programme, financed by The Swedish Research Council during the years 2007-2011, is professor Britta Lundgren, Dean at the Faculty of Arts.
Many of the faculty's departments are successfully conducting research aimed at the northern Swedish and northern Scandinavian ancient multilingual and multicultural areas. Together, the department's research efforts have developed a new picture of the areas prehistory and its older linguistic and cultural history. The Centre for Sámi Research has been created within the faculty to reinforce this field of study. The Journal of Northern Studies is a peer-reviewed academic publication issued twice a year.
Ageing and Living Conditions
The Ageing and Living Conditions research programme at the Centre for Population Studies, is a central element in this research area of strong significance. Anders Brändström, professor in historical demography heads CPS, wich was appointed as one of Sweden's most prominent research environments and received a Linnaeus Grant of 80 million kronor for 2006 from the Swedish Research Council. Participants in this programme are researchers from the faculties of arts, social science and medicine.