Barbro Blehr. Foto: Niklas Björling.

Barbro Blehr


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Works at Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies
Telephone 08-674 79 18
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 E, plan 7
Room E 750
Postal address 106 91 Stockholm 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Research interests: rituals, religion, nationalism, everyday life; the importance of form and small detail. Among my publications are, besides books and papers from my main projects (please see below) also papers on e. g. the politics of identity among descendants of members of the Norwegian Quisling party, contemporary royal weddings, everyday rituals and a special kind of low-key humour.

At Stockholm University, I have held leadership positions in Ethnology and served as Head of Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies. Current: Vice Dean, Faculty of Humanities.


I have taught courses on theory and method, the continuity and change of Ethnology in Sweden, and rituals.


My dissertation explored how local community and a sense of belonging were created by talking about local issues. The setting was a small village in Northern Sweden in the 1980’s (when cell phones and the internet were not yet part of everyday life). Shortly after my PhD I was awarded a research grant for studying how celebrations of Norwegian Constitution Day articulated and underpinned Norwegian nationalism. Fieldwork was conducted in urban areas in southern Norway in the middle of the 1990’s, when questions about national sovereignty and national belonging were very much in focus in public discourse. Later, I have been interested in mainstream Christianity and the current processes of change in the former state church of Sweden. I have also  returned to national topics and themes.



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Last updated: June 20, 2018

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