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Daniel Enstedt

Senior lecturer

Daniel Enstedt
Senior lecturer
daniel.enstedt@lir.gu.se
+46 31 786 2091

Room number: H309
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41256 Göteborg


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.lir.gu.se
lir@lir.gu.se
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Daniel Enstedt

Daniel Enstedt holds a PhD and lectures in Religious Studies. He received his PhD in 2011, on completion of the thesis This is my Body. Christian faith, Sexuality and Relationship [Detta är min kropp. Kristen tro, sexualitet och samlevnad]. Enstedt is, since 2018, associate professor in religious studies. His teaching and research mainly focuses on Contemporary Religion and the Sociology of Religion. He has been interested in religion in relation to gender studies, sexuality studies and Intersectionality (study of intersections between different minority groups); psychoanalytic theory, social theory and postmodern theory; materiality, life writing, and field research. In addition to research and teaching, he has been the Director of Studies in Religious Studies and Theology.

Teaching

I have been teaching at the University of Gothenburg since 2006. Teaching is carried out in the Religious Studies programme with courses in Religious Studies, Teacher Education and interdisciplinary courses at the LIR Department. Also in Public Health Science, Food, Nutrition and Sport Science, the History of Ideas and Sexology.

In religion, I have taught at all levels, primarily in Sociology and Psychology of Religion, but also courses on Theology and The History of Religion. I have also tutored essays at the BA and Master’s degree levels and been responsible for many courses.

Thesis Résumé

On October 27, 2005 the Church of Sweden introduced a special blessing for same-sex unions — a decision that was rooted in an ongoing discussion on the distinction between "genuine" homosexuality on the one hand and "promiscuous" homosexuality on the other. Not surprisingly, the Church’s decision was welcomed by one group of adherents (e.g. LGBT Christians) and disparaged by another (e.g. protesting priests), thus underlining their differing views on the matter of sexuality, relationships and Christian faith.

Using archival theories in the analysis of numerous Church documents and narratological theories in the analysis of ten protesting priests and eleven LGBT interviews, this dissertation examines the development of thought that opened the door to the blessing of same-sex relationships. It also looks into the contrasting attitudes, problems and viewpoints associated with it.

The archival analysis of Church documents revealed that while some changes in policy have occurred over the years, the Church’s basic understanding of sexuality and relationships remains dominated by a monogamous heterosexual paradigm that is backed by various scientific and medical rationales (what Foucault terms biopower). With one exception, the same could be said of both groups of respondents, who, despite their differences of opinion on the matter of the same-sex blessing, nonetheless upheld similar Christian norms and assumptions, most relevantly, an unshakable belief in the sanctity of monogamous relationships and the profanity of those relationships that are bisexual and/or polyamorous.

Guided by a post-structuralist analysis of the writings of de Sade and Bataille, the dissertation explores ways of framing the sexual discourse that surmount the hegemony of biopower and challenge existing beliefs. The Church’s refusal to give up its longstanding views on human sexuality is interpreted in the dissertation as a sign of thanatophobia or the fear of death. To ameliorate this condition, post-structuralist theologians urge the Church to confront its fears and fixations by entertaining notions that destabilize current gender categories and open the possibility of a Christianity that can include both committed single- partner and casual multi-partner forms. One such possibility involves the revival of the late medieval notion of ars moriendi, the art of dying, which regards death and resurrection differently than we do today. By turning from the bio-political discourse on sexuality to other forms of theological reasoning, the Church of Sweden may well be able to transcend its presently ingrained ways of thinking about this matter.

Link to thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/24072

Previous research

Leaving Islam: Apostacy, freedom of religion and conflicts in a multireligious Sweden
(Together with Professor Göran Larsson)

The project Leaving Islam examines central current questions about apostasy in Islam. The prohibition against apostasy – abandonment of a religion – is not a new phenomenon in Islam. It is not only Islam that forbids apostasy. However, it is Islam that is usually portrayed as a religion with a strong aversion to religious disaffiliation. In Islam, apostasy (irtidād) is generally related to other negatively charged terms such as infidelity, blasphemy, heresy, and hypocrisy. The focus in this project is on apostasy and Islam in contemporary Sweden.

Within the framework of this project, several series of interviews are conducted. All interviews are about the phenomenon of apostasy. In addition, comprehensive media material, wherein apostasy and Islam are discussed and debated, is examined. By considering apostasy narratives and experiences of leaving Islam, this study aims to clarify how not only apostates, but also how Muslims, in more general terms, are understood in contemporary Swedish society. This perspective also encompasses laws about the freedom of religion and freedom of expression, as well as hegemonic ways of conceptualizing Islam in Sweden.

The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

 

The Good Life. Contemporary views on family life and life at work (Together with PhD Kristina Hermansson)

The project The Good Life examines contemporary ideas about family life and life at work that has been expressed in Sweden since the start of the millennium. The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of how religious ideas, in new forms and in new ways, continue to affect work, workplaces as well as family life and how close relations are shaped between them. This ranges from child rearing, employment and economics to sexuality and relationships. Even though ideological, utopian and religious ideas have come to affect how Swedish society has developed, this field is remarkably little researched. The present study is therefore to be regarded as a contribution to this field of study.

The project conducted within the framework of the research programme Religion, Culture and Health. The project is funded by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Gothenburg

Link to Religion, Culture and Health: http://www.balder.hum.gu.se/

Latest publications

(Re)thinking Religious Studies after the World Religions Paradigm: Gert J.J. Biesta and the Quest for Subjectification
Daniel Enstedt
33rd Biannual Conference of the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW) , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Leaving Islam in contemporary Sweden. Taking lived religion, materiality and the use of nonfiction in autobiographical narratives into account in apostasy studies
Daniel Enstedt
Disaffiliation, Dis-identification, Disavowal: (Ex-)Muslims and Public Apostasy from Islam in Francophone Culture and Politics, London 4-5 april 2019. School of Advanced Study, University of London, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Det heliga i vardagen. Introduktion till levd religion.
Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank
Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen / Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank (red.), Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

David och Jonatan i Brokeback Mountain. Queera män och skeva bibelläsningar.
Daniel Enstedt
"Må de nu förklara..." Om bibeltexter, religion, litteratur. Festskrift till Staffan Olofsson / Rosmari Lillas-Schuil, Gunnar Samuelsson, Georg A. Walser & Tobias Ålöw (red.)., Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Understanding Religious Apostasy, Disaffiliation, and Islam in Contemporary Sweden
Daniel Enstedt
Moving in and Out of Islam / edited by Karin van Nieuwkerk., Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Levd apostasi bland ex-muslimer. Erfarenheter av att lämna islam i Sverige.
Daniel Enstedt
Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen., Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen.
Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Edited book 2018
Edited book

En annan mamma. Drakflygning, geokorpografi och kvinnlig metamorfos.
Daniel Enstedt
Allvarligt talat. Berättelser om livet / red. Maria Sjöberg. , Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Telling the Truth about Islam. The Use of Nonfiction in Autobiographical Apostasy Narratives
Daniel Enstedt
NonfictioNOW, 1–4 June 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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2019

(Re)thinking Religious Studies after the World Religions Paradigm: Gert J.J. Biesta and the Quest for Subjectification
Daniel Enstedt
33rd Biannual Conference of the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW) , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Leaving Islam in contemporary Sweden. Taking lived religion, materiality and the use of nonfiction in autobiographical narratives into account in apostasy studies
Daniel Enstedt
Disaffiliation, Dis-identification, Disavowal: (Ex-)Muslims and Public Apostasy from Islam in Francophone Culture and Politics, London 4-5 april 2019. School of Advanced Study, University of London, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

2018

Det heliga i vardagen. Introduktion till levd religion.
Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank
Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen / Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank (red.), Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

David och Jonatan i Brokeback Mountain. Queera män och skeva bibelläsningar.
Daniel Enstedt
"Må de nu förklara..." Om bibeltexter, religion, litteratur. Festskrift till Staffan Olofsson / Rosmari Lillas-Schuil, Gunnar Samuelsson, Georg A. Walser & Tobias Ålöw (red.)., Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Understanding Religious Apostasy, Disaffiliation, and Islam in Contemporary Sweden
Daniel Enstedt
Moving in and Out of Islam / edited by Karin van Nieuwkerk., Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Levd apostasi bland ex-muslimer. Erfarenheter av att lämna islam i Sverige.
Daniel Enstedt
Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen., Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Levd religion. Det heliga i vardagen.
Daniel Enstedt, Katarina Plank
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Edited book 2018
Edited book

En annan mamma. Drakflygning, geokorpografi och kvinnlig metamorfos.
Daniel Enstedt
Allvarligt talat. Berättelser om livet / red. Maria Sjöberg. , Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

Telling the Truth about Islam. The Use of Nonfiction in Autobiographical Apostasy Narratives
Daniel Enstedt
NonfictioNOW, 1–4 June 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 50

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