Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am born 1952, professor in Church history since 1999, senior professor 2019. My research is both institutional history and history of spirituality. The human being in the history of the Christian church - single or in group - has a central position. Church history is an encounter - between theology, Church and society (Churches and National Socialism or Religious freedom), between structures and actors, concrete humans and Christianity/Church in different shapes. Cross-scientific interests are "Law and Religion", theology and literature (Lidner, Tegnér, Strindberg), and music and history (Bach, Wagner). As director of the Lund University Ecclesiastical History Archives (LUKA) I am responsible for the questionnaires, both general, to all parishes in the Church of Sweden, concerning changes in Church life, and special (Christmas craddles, services at Court sessions). Since 2001 I am the editor of Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift (KÅ). I am also editorial member of Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.


About the research

I am doing research on the history of the Chapter of Lund Cathedral and diocese (leader of the whole project with Danish and Swedish researchers), and the priests of the diocese of Göteborg 1620-1999. On the international stage I am on the board of "The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Northern Europe 1780-1920", leading the section on "Reform of Piety", where I have written on Sweden and Evangelical Germany as well as a comparative introduction. A study of the soul-caring letter in Lutheran tradition is still being planned.Presently I have recently published an edition of Matthias Steuchius' funeral sermon for the Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora in 1717.


Books (16)
Editorships (28)
Articles (28)
Book chapters (94)
Encyclopaedia entries (2)
Conference contributions (3)
Reviews (62)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (30)
Newspaper articles (7)
Supervision at Lund University (9)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications

Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities, The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (President 2020), The Royal Society af Humanities in Lund (President 2015-2018), The New Society of Letters at Lund, and the Society Pro Fide et Christianismo. President of the Commission Internationale d'Histoire et d'Études du Christianisme since 2015 (Vice President 2010-2015). President of the Swedish Society for Ecclesiastical History since 2015 (Vice President 1998-2015). Chairman of the Gothenburg Society for Diocesan History since 1985. Member of HT Board for Research Education 2006-2008, and of HT Board for the employment of teachers 2009-2010, Head of Department at CTR 2011-2014. Dean h.c. by the Church of Sweden 2009. The great gold medal of the Swedish Patriotic Society for important deeds 2010. Doctor of Theology h.c. at the Åbo Akademi University in 2011. Awarded the Axel Hirsch prize by the Swedish Academy in 2013. In 2017 presented the Festschrift "Classics in Northern European Church History over 500 years. Essays in Honour of Anders Jarlert" (Peter Lang, New York).

Anders Jarlert

Professor, Post Retirement Professor
Church and Mission Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail anders.jarlertctr.luse

Phone +46 46 222 90 37

Room LUX:B424

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30