Lisa Hellman Appointed Pro Futura Fellow

We are very happy to announce that Lisa Hellman has been appointed Pro Futura Scientia Fellow and will join the Department of History at Lund University. In this capacity, she will become a new, integral member of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge. Hellman will take up this prestigious position in 2021. Lisa…

Thematic issue of Slagmark: History of Knowledge

The journal Slagmark, founded in 1983, is the only Danish journal for history of ideas/intellectual history. Its latest issue is a thematic issue devoted to the history of knowledge, edited by Anton Jansson, postdoc at Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge, and Maria Simonsen, Aalborg University, Denmark, who belongs to the Nordic Advisory Board…

New book: Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia

Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia uses case studies to explore how knowledge circulated in the different public arenas that shaped politics, economics and cultural life in and across postwar Scandinavia, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. This book focuses on a period when the term “knowledge society” was coined and rapidly found traction. In…

Georg Borgström and the population-food dilemma

The earth’s carrying capacity, and when and whether it may be reached, have been major topics in post war discourses on development, economic growth and environmentalism. The debate was not a new one; Thomas Malthus’ 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population had argued that population growth would outstrip food production. Post war processes…

Revolting against the established book market

In June 2020, our new edited volume Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia: Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations (Routledge) will be published. In the weeks to come, we will publish a series of samples from the book. This one is based on Ragni Svensson’s chapter. Due to reasons that were both political, cultural and dependent on processes on…

The city, the church, and the 1960s

In June 2020, our new edited volume Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia: Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations (Routledge) will be published. In the weeks to come, we will publish a series of samples from the book. This one is based on Anton Jansson’s chapter. The 1960s and 1970s are widely regarded as the heyday of secularisation theory….

Transactions of knowledge

Working with uncatalogued archival collections is hard and time-consuming to the point of despair. Occasionally, however, the historian finds rare empirical treasures – at least it can be treasures if scrutinized against the right analytical background. While researching the early Swedish history of credit cards, I encountered the documentation of a book project from the…

The Galbraithian Moment

In June 2020, our new edited volume Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia: Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations (Routledge) will be published. In the weeks to come, we will publish a series of samples from the book. This one is based on Björn Lundberg’s chapter. In 1958, Canadian-born American economist John Kenneth Galbraith published The Affluent…