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Stefan Gelfgren

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Affiliation
Senior lecturer (associate professor) at Humlab Role: Director
Location
Humanisthuset, HUMlab, Korridor A4, Rum: A 418 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Stefan Gelfgren is the director of Humlab and Associate Professor in Sociology of Religion at Humlab, Umeå University. He has a PhD in the History of Ideas from Umeå University, a MPhil in the History of Christianity from Birmingham University, UK, and a BA in construction engineering. The position is mainly shared between the directorship and research but also includes some teaching.

Research
Gelfgren´s primary research interest concerns the relation between social, technical and religious transformations - today and throughout history. During the last years he has conducted some case based research studies on the use and effect of digital media within Christian churches and denominations. He is interested in digital and social media in relation to power representatives and institutional structures.

His PhD thesis from 2003 deals with the Swedish confessional revivalist movement Evangeliska Fosterlands-Stiftelsen (EFS, 'The Swedish Evangelical Mission Society') between 1856-1910. The tension between revivalism, modernity and secularisation are concepts used to interpret what happened during the period.

In 2017 Gelfgren was granted a research project (as PI), by the Wallenberg foundation, on so called soft surveillance (iAccept: Soft surveillance - between acceptance and resistance). He has also been involved in a research project on social media and disability (2016-2018), led by professor Lotta Vikström (Experiences of disabilities in life and online: Life course perspectives on disabled people from past society to present).

Gelfgren is also part of the Strategic Environmental Archeological Database project, led by assoc. prof. Phil Buckland. During 2016-2018 he is part of the European Bible Belt network, founded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, via Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Between 2010 and 2013 he was working within the project Pinocchio goes to Church: The religious life of avatars (financed by the Swedish Research Council, and lead by professor Jørgen Straarup), focusing on churches in virtual worlds.

Other commitments
Apart from the directorship he has other administrative duties. Currently he is part of the Council for Research Infrastructures at The Swedish Research Council. He is also member of the board of DIGSUM (Digital Social Research Unit Umeå) and the Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts, both Umeå University.

Other boards and networks he participates in are the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Communication and Computing, University of Copenhagen, the steering group for the research network Religious History of the North (REHN) and the board of the Theology foundation, Umeå university. He represent the Faculty of Arts in Umeå University's steering group for Interactive Environments.

Teaching and publications
I have taught courses within Church History, Digital Humanities, History of Technology, History of Ideas and Religious Studies. 

He has published books, articles in books and journals, mainly on the relation between social and religious changes within the Christian sphere from the 16th century until today and also published on Digital Humanities, revivalism, adult education, pedagogy and digital media. See list of publications. 

2019
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 21, (1) : 238-249
Ineland, Jens; Gelfgren, Stefan; Cocq, Coppélie
2019
Politics, Religion & Ideology, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 20 : 148-150
Gelfgren, Stefan
2018
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 33, (2) : 264-278
Foka, Anna; Misharina, Anna; Arvidsson, Viktor; et al.
2018
Inomkyrklig sekularisering, Umeå: Umeå Universitet 2018 : 83-100
Gelfgren, Stefan
2017
Digital humaniora: humaniora i en digital tid, Göteborg: Daidalos 2017 : 11-26
Gelfgren, Stefan; Pennlert, Julia
2017
Religious education in a mediatized world, Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH 2017 : 125-137
Gelfgren, Stefan
2017
Religionspädagogik in einer mediatisierten Welt, Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer GmbH 2017 : 131-145
Gelfgren, Stefan
2017
Cultural Analysis, Berkeley: 2017, Vol. 16, (1) : 83-100
Gelfgren, Stefan
2017
Thule - Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets årsbok, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska samfundet 2017 : 171--189
Gelfgren, Stefan
2017
Digital humaniora: humaniora i en digital tid, Göteborg: Daidalos 2017 : 147-164
Gelfgren, Stefan; Foka, Anna
2016
Nordicom Information, Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet 2016, Vol. 38, (3) : 71-71
Gelfgren, Stefan
2016
Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Stockholm University 2016, Vol. 5, (2) : 279-295
Gelfgren, Stefan
2016
Research methods for reading digital data in the digital humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2016 : 93-110
Gelfgren, Stefan
2015
Digital politik: sociala medier, deltagandeoch engagemang, Göteborg: Daidalos 2015 : 133-152
Gelfgren, Stefan
2015
Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, St. John's College 2015, Vol. 4, (1) : 1-4
Gelfgren, Stefan
2015
Nordicom Review, Nordicom 2015, Vol. 36, (1) : 109-123
Gelfgren, Stefan
2014
Årsbok för kristen humanism, Lund: Förbundet kristen humanism 2014, Vol. 76
Gelfgren, Stefan
2014
Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Oslo: Akademika forlag 2014, Vol. 27, (1) : 59-73
Gelfgren, Stefan; Hutchings, Tim
2014
Interaktiva medier och lärandemiljöer, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB 2014 : 101-112
Gelfgren, Stefan
2014
Online - Heidelberg Journal for Religions on the Internet, Heidelberg: University of Heidelberg 2014, Vol. 6 : 42-65
Gelfgren, Stefan
2013
Temenos, the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion 2013, Vol. 49, (1) : 83-110
Gelfgren, Stefan
2013
Umeå 1314–2014: 100 berättelser om 700 år, Umeå: Artos & Norma bokförlag 2013 : 359-364
Gelfgren, Stefan
2013
Hybrid media culture: sensing place in a world of flows, London: Routledge 2013 : 123-138
Gelfgren, Stefan
2013
Årsbok för kristen humanism
Gelfgren, Stefan
2012
Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures, New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group 2012 : 293-306
Gelfgren, Stefan; Fischer-Nielsen, Peter
2012
Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology, Brno: Faculty of Law, Masaryk University 2012, (1)
Gelfgren, Stefan
2012
Axess, Stockholm: Axess Publishing AB 2012, (5) : 85-86
Gelfgren, Stefan
2012
Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures, New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group 2012 : 227-242
Gelfgren, Stefan
2012
Human IT, Borås: Högskolan i Borås 2012, Vol. 11, (3) : 83-87
Gelfgren, Stefan
2011
Religionspedagogisk tidskrift, Lomma: Religionspedagogiskt idéforum/Arbetsgemenskapen för religionspedagogik 2011, Vol. 22 : 6-8
Gelfgren, Stefan
2011
Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds, Hershey: IGI Global 2011 : 31-46
Barrett, James; Gelfgren, Stefan
2010
Vårt Budskap, Umeå: EFS Västerbotten 2010, Vol. 83, (7)
Gelfgren, Stefan
2010
Undervisning på tvären : student- och lärarerfarenheter: den nionde universitetspedagogiska konferensen 25-26 februari 2009, Umeå: Umeå Universitet 2010 : 59-77
Barrett, James; Gelfgren, Stefan
2010
Årsbok för kristen humanism och samhällssyn, förbundet för kristen humanism och samhällssyn 2010, Vol. 72
Gelfgren, Stefan
2010
Ingångar till norrländsk kyrkohistoria, Umeå: Luleå stiftshistoriska sällskap 2010 : 29-47
Gelfgren, Stefan
2010
Changing societies – values, religions, and education: a selection of papers from a conference at Umeå University, June 2009, Umeå: Umeå School of Education, Umeå University 2010 : 43-50
Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Kyrkans tidning, Stockholm: Kyrkans tidning 2009, (19)
Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Årsbok för kristen humanism och samhällssyn, Vol. 71 : 134-135
Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Vårt Budskap, Umeå: Västerbottens läns lutherska missions- och ungdomsförbund 2009, Vol. 82, (1)
Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Ideas in history, Oslo: Unipub/Oslo Academic Press 2009, Vol. 4, (3) : 63-90
Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of Second Life, Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press 2009 : 167-183
Barrett, James; Gelfgren, Stefan
2009
Från Sara Greta till lilla svarta Sara: Väckelsen i litteraturen och väckelsens litteratur, Skellefteå: Artos 2009 : 216-240
Gelfgren, Stefan
2008
Provins: Norrländsk litterär tidskrift, Vol. 1
Gelfgren, Stefan
2007
Utsikter, insikter och avsikter: universitetspedagogisk konferens i Umeå 27 – 28 februari 2007, Umeå: Universitetspedagogiskt Centrum, Umeå universitet 2007 : 109-118
Gelfgren, Stefan
2007
Forskning pågår: … från Svenska kyrkans forskningsdagar 2005 : 15-
Gelfgren, Stefan
2006
Topos: essäer om tänkvärda platser och platsbundna tankar, Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag 2006 : 320-335
Gelfgren, Stefan

Research projects

1 January 2011 until 30 December 2016
26 February 2007 until 31 December 2010