Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


born 1967, dr. theol. in Church History.

Ph.D, Lund University, 2007
B.A., Uppsala University, 1997

I'm since 2009 a research fellow in “Early monasticism and Classical Paideia”, a seven years research program at Lund University.

My research interests concerns late Antiquity and early Christianity, and especially early monasticism, but also Greco-Roman moral philosophy, late antique literary composition and literary aesthetics. I'm particularly interested in the cultural changes in the transition from Greco-Roman late antiquity to Christian early Middle Ages.

Courses taught:
KRM C12 Church and Mission Studies: Level 3 A
TRV N08 Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
TRV N03 Thesis colloquium
TRV N04 Philosophy and wisdom traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
TEO D04 Faith and life in the Orthodox churches
TRV N02 Ancient philosophy and the making of theology in early Christianity
TEO B61 Church history


About the research

The main part of my present research is within the research program "Early monasticism and the Classical Paideia". My project deals with how and to what extent the moral formation of the Greco-Roman philosophical schools was managed and transformed by early monasticism in the East.

I am a member of:
- Association Internationale des Études Patristiques (AIEP)
- Network for Literature and Religion (NLR)
- Forskarkollegiet vid Svenska institutet i Istanbul
- Platonsällskapet
- Collegium Patristicum Lundense (CPL)


Books (1)
Editorships (3)
Articles (4)
Book chapters (9)
Conference contributions (2)
Reviews (7)

Other tasks and qualifications

- Editor for Patristica Nordica (with Prof. Samuel Rubenson), 2012-
- Review editor for Patristica Nordica Annuaria, 2008-
- Coordinator for the research programme "Early Monasticism and Classical Paideia" (Riksbankens jubileumsfond), 2012-2014
- Coordinator for the masterprogram Religious Roots of Europe, Lund University, 2011-2012

Henrik Rydell Johnsén

Former employee at Centre for Theology and Religious Studies.

Henrik Rydell Johnsén can no longer be reached through the department/unit.