Kennet Granholm

Kennet Granholm
Doctor of Philosophy
Docent in Comparative Religion (particularly New Religious Movements and Western Esotericism), Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University Assistant Professor, History of Religions, Stockholm University
Current research
My research is focused on contemporary esotericism. In particular, I am interested in how late modern, post-secular societal change affects esotericism. The study of contemporary phenomena demands novel theoretical and methodological approaches, and I am thus also engaged in integrating sociological theory and method into the historical study of Western esotericism. I am also interested in exploring new and “alternative” fields of religious life and exploring the function of religion as entertainment and pastime – with a specific focus on popular culture.