Gunilla Gunner

Gunilla Gunner

Associate Professor


Research and education

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Historical and Contemporary Studies

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I am Associate Professor in Church History at Åbo Academy University and I have worked as Senior Lecturer and researcher at Södertörn’s Department of the Study of Religions and at Södertörn’s Teachers’ College since 2005. I am currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty Board.

I am particularly interested in the Christian traditions and I have a long experience in giving courses within programs for teachers’ education with special emphasis on the didactics of religion.

Women and gender history are my main interests of research, especially examined in the light of Christian traditions. My thesis, which I defended in 2003, discusses the Swedish preacher Nelly Hall, who worked as an itinerant preacher and toured through Sweden and the United States at the end of the nineteenth century. I have has also published studies on Swedish women missionaries.

From 2015 I will work on a new research project funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen). It is a three year project entitled: The Gateway to Russia: Memory Politics, Materiality and Collective Identities - St Catherine Swedish Congregation in St Petersburg around the turn of two Centuries. My co-researcher in this project is Carola Nordbäck, Professor of Church History at Uppsala University.

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The researcher is not participating in any projects at this moment.