Kristina Myrvold, currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Linnaeus University, was awarded the Hedda Andersson Professorship for a least one year, starting in 2020. Myrvold will work at the Center for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR). The professorship is named after Hedda Andersson, one of the two first female students at Lund University in 1880 and has the objective to encourage female academics at the CTR. SASNET supported the talks between CTR and Professor Myrvold.
Kristina Myrvold holds a PhD in History of Religions from Lund University. She focuses on Indian religions and cultures. Her area of specialization is Sikh and Punjab Studies, with a focus on Sikh beliefs, ritual practices and historiography, as well as Indian migration, integration processes and identity formation in the diaspora. She has conducted extensive field work in India and Sweden and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the Sikhs and Punjab. Myrvold is the editor of several anthologies about religious scriptures, Sikh migration and youth, and Indian cultural encounters. Her current research focuses on the intersections of religion and technology in Punjab, the printing history of religious Sikh texts, and the production and use of miniature books in Sikh and Islamic traditions. Since 2015 she has been working on a project entitled “Religion in the Trenches”, which investigates the production, distribution, and use of religious scriptures and artefacts among Indian soldiers from Punjab who fought for the British Army during World War I. The project is based on archival research and is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Myrvold is one of the editors of Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism.
Kristina Myrvold’s publications: https://lnu.se/en/staff/kristina.myrvold/