Two new books in the making

Two new edited volumes are currently emerging from the history of knowledge environment at Lund. Circulation of Knowledge (2018) was our first joint publication and has received a lot of attention. We now continue to explore other aspects of the history of knowledge.

In the first volume, we are preoccupied with various forms and meanings of knowledge. The book originates from our vibrant seminar, and the authors consist mainly of its frequent participants. Our ambition with the book is to bring together scholars with different approaches in order to foster new conversations about what the history of knowledge is and could be. There is a significant empirical and chronological breadth in the book, but the individual contributions all highlight general issues of relevance in the history of knowledge and thereby intervene in important theoretical, methodological and conceptual discussions. Hopefully, we can attract readers who are curious about the diversity and opportunities of the field.

The editors of the book are David Larsson Heidenblad, Anna Nilsson Hammar and Johan Östling. Apart from them, Peter K. Andersson, Erik Bodensten, Kajsa Brilkman, Karolina Enquist Källgren, Martin Ericsson, Lise Groesmeyer, Karl Haikola, Victoria Höög, Maria Karlsson, Björn Lundberg, Joachim Östlund, Cecilia Riving, Maria Simonsen and Laura Skouvig contribute. The book is expected to be released in early 2020.

The second edited volume has the provisional title “Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia” and is the outcome of a joint Scandinavian project, funded by the Einar Hansen’s Research Foundation. The purpose of this book is to explore postwar Scandinavia from the point of view of the history of knowledge. The lion’s share of the existing historical literature on the region during the period after the Second World War has dealt with various aspects of the welfare state, the Cold War or social and political movements. By contrast, we analyze the role of knowledge in postwar societies and investigate how knowledge circulated on public arenas, in particular in the 1960s and 1970s. The book focuses on three larger fields of knowledge: the environment and global crises; economy, politics and the welfare state; and education, culture and the humanities.

Johan Östling, Niklas Olsen and David Larsson Heidenblad are editing the book and are also contributing to the volume. The authors of the individual chapters have their backgrounds in different historical disciplines (history, economic history, history of ideas, history of the book) and include Sunniva Engh, Bo Fritzbøger, Orsi Husz, Anton Jansson, Eirinn Larsen, Björn Lundberg, Ragni Svensson, Kari H. Nordberg, Hampus Östh Gustafsson and Casper Sylvest. Our ambition is that the book will be published in 2020.


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