Chapter 3 Professor Geo Widengren, IAHR Vice-President 1950–1960, IAHR President 1960–1970, IAHR Honorary Life Member 1996

In: The Legacy, Life and Work of Geo Widengren and the Study of the History of Religions after World War II
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Honouring the memory of late Professor Geo Widengren (1907–1996) necessarily entails remembering how he influenced and helped promote the international study of the history of religion(s). He did this not only by way of his vast oeuvre, but also through his active participation in and contribution to “learned societies”, inside Sweden and internationally. Despite the importance of this kind of contribution to the development of the sciences, including the human sciences and the study/science of religion (Religionswissenschaft), such work is all too often neglected. The following chapter is a modest effort to make sure that future generations of scholars do not forget this aspect of the career, work and life of Geo Widengren. The focus is therefore on Widengren’s key role in the founding and first twenty years of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and its flagship journal, NVMEN, published by Brill.

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