Erik Bodensten is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History, Lund University. In his research, he focuses on eighteenth-century political discourse, media and politics. His publications include the dissertation Politikens drivfjäder (2016) and “Political Knowledge in Public Circulation” (2018). During the period of 2018–22, he is involved in the project “Crop Failure Disasters: Public Knowledge in Circulation and Transformation, Sweden 1695–1870”.
Martin Ericsson is a Postdoctoral Researcher in History. He studies scientific ideas of human ’races’ in Sweden c. 1930−1980. In particular, he studies the circulation of scientific ’racial’ knowledge in the public sphere and in mass media. In his research project, he challenges traditional assumptions of the decline of ’racial’ science in Sweden after the Second World War. Instead, he investigates the continuations as well as transformations of ‘racial’ ideas and notions – and the way they were debated and interpreted in different ways in academic as well as non-academic arenas.
Lise Groesmeyer is a PhD student in History. Coming from a career in law that included publishing on EU law, her interest is in the types of knowledge that, in the 20th century, have founded debates and political decisions on the planning of society. Her PhD project is titled “Rescue-operation ‘A Democratic Europe’: Émigré Central European social scientists in search of a stable social order, Great Britain 1933–1945”. In this, she investigates how knowledge circulated with a number of social science émigrés to and in the British society—and changed—as they used it as a platform for political participation.
Karl Haikola is a PhD student in history. His main research interest is cultural, ideological and institutional change in Sweden during the postwar-period. His dissertation project is concerned with the emergence and development of futures studies in Sweden from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. More specifically, he examines the idea of futures studies as a citizen-oriented field of knowledge, and how the government-affiliated Secretariat for futures studies carried out its self-imposed task of informing and influencing public opinion.
Victoria Höög is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in History of Ideas and Science. Her research is in the intersection between intellectual history, science studies and philosophy. Her latest articles are about technoscience, the Enlightenment and early twentieth century Swedish philosophy. She has been visiting professor longer periods at Berkeley University, invited guest lecturer in Norway, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Germany, US, Japan, Portugal and Spain. In addition, she has been initiating and running Lund University Seminar in Science and Technology Studies with focus knowledge production in the 21th century Europe. Her present ongoing research project is entitled “What is Left of the Enlightenment Values – Historiography in Flux.
Anton Jansson is a postdoctoral researcher in History. He holds a PhD in History of Ideas and Science from the University of Gothenburg, and has a special interest in historical perspectives on religion in modernity. From 2019 he works in the Wallenberg funded research programme about societal circulation of knowledge in postwar Sweden and West Germany. Here, Jansson researches the theory of secularization, which had a high point during the 1960s and 1970s. Jansson studies how this theory was articulated and circulated in different arenas, such as mass media, churches and academia.
Evelina Kallträsk is a PhD student in History. Her main research interest is the history of childhood, with a particular interest in the development and change in views of childhood in modern and contemporary history. Within this area, she commonly uses comparative approaches and strives to show the potential of source material such as children’s literature, movies, pictures, curricula and ephemera. Her dissertation project concerns the development of views of childhood, youth and entrepreneurship in Sweden since the 1980s, focusing on Ung företagsamhet (Junior Achievement Sweden) as a knowledge actor. The project investigates the societal development that has led to entrepreneurial knowledge being seen as essential, and thus implemented in the curricula of Swedish schools at all levels.
David Larsson Heidenblad is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Teacher in History. In his research, he strives to develop the history of knowledge as a field, in particular through substantiating and refining the analytical concept of circulation. He has a general interest in the postwar period and in the societal reach and relevance of various forms of knowledge – such as environmental, humanistic, and financial knowledge. In recent years, he has published extensively on the emergence of modern environmentalism in Scandinavia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 2019 he will be working on a concluding monograph on the topic.
Björn Lundberg holds a Ph.D. in history from Lund University. His doctoral thesis explored outdoor life and citizenship education in two Swedish youth movements during the mid-twentieth century. His research interests include modern Swedish history, histories of childhood and youth, and the history of knowledge. His research in the latter field investigates the significance of economic and ecologic knowledge in discourses of prosperity and welfare in postwar Sweden.
Anna Nilsson Hammar is a researcher, teacher and Bachelor programme coordinator at the Department of History, Lund University. She is currently finishing a book on the role of conscience in processes of confessionalization in early modern Sweden – the outcome of a project funded by the Swedish Research Council. She has also worked with digital history, publishing on the topic and developing a digital guide to the special collections of Lund University Library. Her research interests include early modern history, religion, emotions and everyday life.
Trine Outzen is a phd-student in history. Her main research interests are the history of medicine, psychiatry and emotions in relation to religious knowledge and practice in the early modern period. Her dissertation project is analysing how dietetic knowledge of physical health became a part of pietistic utopian thinking, – critique and – practice in Halle an der Saale, Germany in the early eighteenth century. The project analyses how knowledge of physical and spiritual health intertwined and developed into techniques and strategies to promote the birth of a new christian and society and how this knowledge was practiced in Halle.
Ragni Svensson is a postdoctoral researcher in History. Since March 2019 she works with Johan Östling and Anton Jansson in a Wallenberg funded research programme focusing on societal knowledge circulation in Sweden and West Germany during the 1970s. Svensson’s research investigates how theories and practices of the New Left movement circulated within a network of socialist book cafes, as well as how these networks communicated with the surrounding society, through the production and dissemination of different kinds of media. Svensson holds a Ph.D. in Book History from Lund University. In her doctoral thesis she examined publishing strategies and value systems on the Swedish bookmarket, through the case study of the small but reputed publisher Bo Cavefors. Her research interests include European print culture and the history of knowledge, especially during the postwar period.
Kajsa Weber (fd Brilkman), is a researcher in History at Lund University. She is currently working in the project Mare lutheranum. The Book Market and the Lutheran Confessional Culture around the Baltic See 1570-1620, funded by the Swedish Research Council. The project will examine circulation of Lutheran texts, with a focus on the practice of translation and compilation.
Anton Öhman is a PhD candidate in History at Lund University, joining the History of Knowledge research environment. His general interests lies within ideas, culture and politics of the nuclear 20th century. Starting in September 2019, he researches a transnational history of knowledge, investigating how activists construct and circulate knowledge. Öhman studies the anti-nuclear movement during the Cold War, focusing on what he calls witness activists and how they used their knowledge to oppose nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific, both within the network of disarmament activists and to a greater public. Öhman’s investigation ties into multiple fields of research, including: history of knowledge, history of movements, nuclear humanities and witness studies.
Johan Östling is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in History. In his research, he focuses on developing the history of knowledge as a field, but he has also a more general interest in ideas, culture and politics in the history of modern Europe. In addition to theoretical and historiographical texts on the history of knowledge, he has recently published the monograph Humboldt and the Modern German University. In 2019 he will take up a position as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and will within this framework be the Principal Investigator of a research programme about societal circulation of knowledge in postwar Sweden and West Germany.