Johan Wickström

Educational developer at Department of Education

+4618-471 1619
Mobile phone:
+46 70 1679268
Visiting address:
von Kraemers allé 1 A
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 2136
750 02 Uppsala

Short presentation

Educational Developer at the Department of Education. I hold a Dr Theol in History of Religions and work with teaching and educational development at the teacher training programmes. Earlier in my professional career I have worked as Educational Developer and Deputy Head of the Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning at UU, aswell as Senior Lecturer in Didactics of Religion at the Department of Theology.

Keywords: undervisning pedagogik högskolepedagogik ämnesdidaktik religionshistoria religionsdidaktik lärande lärarutbildning

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Academic employment

2018 - Educational developer, Dep of Education

2015-2018 Deputy director, Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning

2007-2018 Educational developer, Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning

2009-2015 Senior lecturer, Didactics of Religion (part-time), Dep of Theology

2002-2007 Doctoral Candidate in History of Religions, Dep of Theology

2000-2002 Teacher in the Compulsory School, Uppsala kommun


2008 Doctor of Theology (History of Religions)

2005 Licentiate of Theology (History of Religions)

2001 Master of Arts (Religious Studies, History, Agrarian History, Pedagogy)

2001 Bachelor of Education for the Compulsory School


My research interests are, for obvious reasons, related to History of Religions, Didactics of Religion and Higher Education Research. In particular I've been conducting ideological critical and conceptual studies. In my thesis "Our Ancestors were Heathens" (2008) I analyzed the ideological use of Nordic antiquity and Old Norse Religion in public school texts. I developed an analytical concept of myth based on theoretical perspectives from the Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci and the American Historian of Religions, Bruce Lincoln, and applied it to text book narratives. Since then I've written on uses of texts in education and on inclusive pedagogy in Highed Education. (especially the report Mångfaldsmedveten pedagogik för universitetslärare, 2011). I'm also interested in ideological and critical perspectives on the concept of "religion" and in dominating, hegemonical models and concepts in Higher Education, such as "Constructive Alignment". From 2015 and onwards I'm also involved in international research Project funded by the Norwegian Research Council on the roles and academic values connected to the profession as Academic Developer "Formation and Competence Building of University Academic Developers" (


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