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…

Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia

In June 2020, our new edited volume Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia: Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations (Routledge) will be published. This book is the outcome of a joint Scandinavian project. We have met for two productive workshops, one in Lund in June 2018 and one in Copenhagen in December 2018, both generously funded by…

New Book on Academic Writing

David Larsson Heidenblad’s new book Ett år av akademiskt skrivande: Erfarenheter och arbetstekniker för unga forskare (Studentlitteratur, 2020) is out! The book draws on his popular blog on academic writing and postdoctoral experiences. The blog was written in symbiosis with his book project on the environmental turn in Sweden around 1970, and provides unique insights…

A digital seminar series

This spring the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge will organize a digital seminar series via Zoom. The language will be Swedish. For the schedule and more information, see Digitala kunskapshistoriska seminarier VT 2020 Welcome!