Stellan Vinthagen is Associate Professor in Sociology and Senior Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at Göteborg University and at the Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Sweden. He is a member of the Peace and Development Scholar Network, the Nonviolence Commission of the International Peace Research Association and a council member of War Resisters’ International. Professor Vinthagen is the co‐founder of the Resistance Studies Network and an associate of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.
Professor Vinthagen is doing research on nonviolent resistance, globalization, and social movements. His co-authored books include Motstånd [Resistance], Liber Förlag: Stockholm 2009 together with Mona Lilja and Fängelsebrev [Prison Letters] with A. Sternfeldt and A. Spalde published in 1999. He has also written several book chapters and journal articles; his most recent publications include “Global Movements Facilitating Local Campaigns”, in Clark, Howard & Rigby, Andrew (eds.), Unarmed Resistance – The Transnational Factor, Pluto Press: London, 2009 ; “Power as Subordination and Resistance as Disobedience: Nonviolent Movements and the Management of Power”, in Giri, Ananta Kumar (ed.), The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom, SAGE India, 2009; “Strategic Changes and Cultural Adaptations: Explaining Differential Outcomes in the International Plowshares Movement”, with Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of Southern Maine, in the International Journal of Peace Studies, IPRA, 2008 Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring/summer, pp. 15-42.
Professor Vinthagen is also a movement activist (since 1980) and educator in conflict transformation and civil disobedience (since 1986). Stellan has been in prison for a total of one year for peace work, e.g. in England (6 months, 1998) because of a nonviolent direct disarmament action against a nuclear Trident submarine. In January and June 2007 he was arrested and held over night because of participation in Academic Seminar Blockades of the nuclear submarine base in Faslane, Scotland, together with over 70 other academics (see www.faslane365.org).