Hjalmar Falk

Research Coordinator

Faculty of Education, Faculty Office
Visiting address
Västra Hamngatan 25
41117 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 300
40530 Göteborg

About Hjalmar Falk

I am research coordinator for the Faculty of Education (on leave at 80% from 1 August 2023) and researcher in the History of Ideas.

I hold a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and Sciences from the University of Gothenburg. I consider myself an intellectual historian specializing in modern social, legal, and political thought, as well as the history of the philosophy of history.

In my doctoral thesis, Det politisk-teologiska komplexet. Fyra kapitel om Carl Schmitts sekularitet (The Politico-Theological Complex. Four Chapters on the Secularity of Carl Schmitt, defended 2014), I investigated the secularization thesis in the work of the German jurist Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), as well as his conception of "political theology".

Currently, I am engaged in a research project on the work and ideological coordinates of the Swedish far-right intellectual and politician Rudolf Kjellén (1864–1922), funded by The Swedish Research Council. I have recently concluded a research project concerning the Western Marxist reception of the work of Carl Schmitt. I have also been working on problems in modern and current historical thought in relation to Walter Benjamin's critical philosophy of history.

My teaching has mostly concerned the history of political thought and scientific methodology, mainly methods of textual interpretation. I have supervised students on both first and second cycle levels. I have taught in several cross-disciplinary environments and have been associated with both the master's program in Human Rights Studies at The School of Global Studies and with the bachelor and master's programs in European Studies.

I am also a member of the steering committee for the Swedish network for the history of political thought and a member of the coordinating team for the doctoral school in the history of political thought, see