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Interior from Södertörn UniversityThe School of Culture and Education includes the following subjects: English, Aesthetics, Aesthetic Learning Processes, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, Media and Communication Studies, Education, Rhetoric and Swedish, as well as Teacher Education and the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.

Teachers and researchers at the school largely work across subject boundaries, and Teacher Education involves teachers from a number of subjects at the school and from other academic schools at the university.

Projects

Current research projects from Södertörn University's research project database are published here on an ongoing basis. (If the list is empty, there are currently no relevant projects in the database).
Project

This is a multidisciplinary project at the crossroads of Russian cultural history, post-Soviet studies, literary theory, aesthetics, and philosophy. The purpose of the project proposed is to study the aesthetics of the sublime in selected works in Soviet Russian Literature. In reverse, the project also poses the question how the literatures of Soviet Russia will contribute to our understanding of the sublime and its influence on modern literature.

The underlying hypothesis is that different modes of the aesthetics of the sublime can be identified in the history of interpretations... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Philosophy

From company towns to fishing towns, international cities to closed cities, military
towns to Sámi settlements, confined border towns and merging towns, historical
cities and commissioned cities, from infrastructure nodes to deserted towns, Soviet
cities to reconstructed cities, the Barents Region’s urban portfolio is as complex and
filled with contrasts as it is geographically dispersed. Add arctic climate, tough
winters, and seasonal darkness, and you have a region of extreme urbanity.

Introduction to Northern Experiments (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

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Art History

History of Ideas

Environmental Science

Geography

Foreign-educated physicians have become increasingly important for the Swedish healthcare
sector. Most of the Swedish county councils actively recruit physicians abroad, and a forecast made by the national board of health and welfare 2013 indicates a continued need for such recruitment. In some EU countries, companies offer intensive Swedish courses accenting medical language for physicians. After about six months of training, the physicians have a job in Sweden waiting for
them, in one of the county councils that also stands for the education costs.

In the project we w... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

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Swedish

Aristotle is the first to argue that the task of natural science is essentially to investigate into the various causal relations that govern the processes of nature. This project deals with different questions, epistemological as well as metaphysical, that are raised by Aristotle's theory of causality. What kind of object is a cause: is it a thing or an event? Are causes 'out there' in the world, as objective features of this world, or are they rather to be thought of as elements in our explanations of nature? By exploring Aristotle's ways of dealing with an... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

Art, culture, conflict: transformations of museums and memory culture in the Baltic Sea region after 1989

This project aims to map, analyze and interpret transformations of exhibitions of culture and art at museum institutions, art spaces and memorials around the Baltic Sea from 1989 until today. Key questions include how discursive narrative structures about the nation, its culture, history and identity were changed ideologically and in terms of communication and mediation. Based on the critical discussion regarding international, transnational,... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Archaeology

Art History

Audiences in the Age of Media Convergence: Media Generations in Estonia and Sweden

It is often argued that young people are among the first to adopt new media technologies, and that they are especially keen on taking on all new features connected with mobile technology and the Internet. In spite of this oft-repeated claim, one could suspect that since computers, mobile phones and other personal and digital media have become so widespread among large portions of the populations in the industrialised world, it might not be technology, per se, that distinguishes you... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

 

This project investigates how participants in contemporary preschool education – teachers and children – are formed by and are able to form their educational processes. We are combining a
phenomenological-philosophical perspective on the concept of “Bildung” with empirical studies in Stockholm, Södertälje and Berlin. Doing this it contributes to an urgently needed dialogue between philosophical and empirical research on education. In five different sub-projects we are exploring pre-school education as interplay of different perspectiv... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Ethnology

Studies in Practical Knowledge

One way to understand communication patterns when the participants are in a state of panic,
confusion, severe stress, or the like is to study telephone calls to societal institutions for contingency information or emergencies. The way to respond to the caller, and the calling
person's way of seeking response, can give valuable clues about the conditions and functions of a conversation in a crisis situation. Many of the features have already
been investigated in other studies of talk-in-interaction and discourse, particularly in the field of Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No


Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

Steampunk is an aesthetic technological movement, incorporating science fiction, art, engineering, and a vibrant 21st century counterculture. It is characterized by a retro-futuristic envisioning of alternative pasts and futures in which the steam-powered technologies of the Victorian era came to develop quite differently. Steampunks are hardware hackers with a punk Do-It-Yourself ethos, reclaiming technology for the masses. Their costumes mix top hats and corsets with brass and elaborate clockwork constructions.

The project aims to critically investigate the political and theore... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

In this study, we examine narratives the way they are constructed in the interpreter-mediated situation of asylum interviews and the way they are later recontextualized in written form in the Migration Agency’s legal documents. We follow 10–15 adult asylum seekers throughout the asylum seeking process and collect data, in form of audio and video recordings, from the investigation interviews in which they participate. We also collect the decision documents that accompany the interviews and we conduct research interviews with all the actors involved in the process.

The... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish


The project examines whether, and if so how, Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) could
be understood as a collective capability, and if so, in what way this knowledge
is expressed and understood. The project combines philosophical investigations
of the concept of "collective phronesis" with a study of how
professionals in the education system and the police force in Sweden and Germany – understand and relate to this very concept.


The project consists of three subprojects and a joint collection of empirical
data through ethnographic and qualitat... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Teacher Education

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

Introduction

In the 1980s, it became clear to most professional observers that modernism in art was over. Its bent towards formal abstraction, notions of aesthetic autonomy along with utopian and totalizing tendencies were no longer considered viable. Post-modernism was the new label for the alleged break with modernism. A rough decade and a half later, post-modernism was itself deemed historical, even by standard survey textbooks on world art history. Today, and since the 1990s, the chief terminological competitor to both of these interlinked terms – moder... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

This project will analyse how the concepts of minority, national identity, citizenship and power were constructed, transformed and communicated within several specific cosmopolitan milieus, 1870-1914.The project’s main concern is the study of the concept ”cosmopolitan”, and how this ”universal” concept was associated with different views on minorities and national identity. The nationalist awakening which characterised Europe at the end of the nineteenth century originated in early nineteenth-century German thought on the role of language and culture in cons... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

History of Ideas

The general idea of the project is to explore the interconnection between crisis and critique and to ask whether crisis situations can open up new opportunities as well as require radical critique. The basic idea goes back to Walter Benjamin and Bertold Brecht, who, in the 1930s, were working on a common journal project to be called Krise and Kritik. The journal never actually materialized, however, in several editorial meetings and written exchanges Brecht and Benjamin developed the idea of discussing crisis and critique. Taking their approach as a starting point, I am investigating pro... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Religion is becoming an important topic in the public school’s class rooms. Due to migration, pupils meet invigorated religion in the form of diversity, alongside their teachers’ teaching. The diversity varies with history, pedagogy, national and local culture and values. The experience of diversity varies with age and family tradition.

Using pupils’ experience of diversity in school as a point of departure, the project’s aim is to …

(1) describe the bearing of structural factors on that experience; to
(2) describe the effect of variati... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Teacher Education

Historical and Contemporary Studies

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Study of Religions

Cultural and commercial exchange is something inherent
in art history research as well as in the trade of art and antiquities. Any
nation’s cultural heritage exists only in comparison with the heritage of
another nation, so the identification and care of the specific national
qualities are of great importance. Thus cultural heritage has great political
ramifications. Historically as well as in present time artefacts cross nation
state borders through conflict, diplomacy or legal trade. For the future
development of a rich national cultural heritag... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

This project focuses upon a case in point, the Congolese fashion movement La SAPE (La Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elégantes) whose presence and fashion practices in Paris and other European metropolises are expressed as material assertions of European belonging. In recent years, the SAPE phenomenon has spread to several Western metropolitan spaces and to the social forums of the digital landscape, such as YouTube. My research on the topic takes its theoretical point of departure in the revived interest for material and spatial dimensions of cultural sign... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

The project combines a decolonial critique of Husserl’s phenomenology (Smith) with an analysis of contemporary forms of subjectivation as expressed in decolonial art in postcommunist Eastern Europe (Tlostanova). Phenomenology was important in overturning the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and can thus shed light on the formation of postcommunist experiences and imaginary. In order to address what is manifested in decolonial art, phenomenology has to free itself from its Eurocentrism which restricts its potential. Although phenomenology has been crucial in postcolonial philoso... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

The project Digital Activism in China, USA and Scandinavia (DigAct) brings together leading and emerging American, Chinese and Scandinavian scholars of a vivid and striving field at the intersection of media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and political science focusing on the role of digital media and its most important predecessors for political mobilization and organization in three regions.

DigAct has two connected aims. Firstly it strives to inquire and discuss major theoretical and methodological approaches within the field from an intercultural, comp... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Stiftelsen för internationalisering av högre utbildning och forskning (STINT)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

This project focuses on the impact of new, personal and digital media, on the way in which we can understand audience formations, lifestyles and segmentation, and the changing generational experiences connected to a rapidly changing media landscape. The project combines three component studies: Göran Bolin studies the relation between mobile technology and gendered generational experiences. Anna Maria Jönsson analyses the ways in which audiences orient through the vast media landscape, and which lifestyle components interrelate with media use. Peter Jakobsson analyses the music... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

We know from earlier research that new ethical principles, and thus a specific morality, have developed in relation to new, digital, media. Values such as freedom (of speech), creativity, and individualism are central here, as are passion, hedonism, etc. These results, however, are mostly based upon analyses of small, specific groups of early adopters; hacker, file sharers, those who download music, etc, groups that almost exclusively are based on youth. At the same time, usage of digital media is quickly spreading in the population at large, and different and varied groups of people tod... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The main aim of this project is to discuss and problematize ideas and understandings of the cosmopolitical. Cosmopolitanism as an object of academic interest has expanded since the dissolution of the Soviet empire and the end of the Cold War. One purpose is to contribute with a new and instructive perspective on a discourse rather dominated by the social sciences through an analysis from the viewpoint of conceptual history, drawing on the later Koselleck, as well as taking into consideration Gadamer's theory of the history nof effect (Wirkungsgeschichte). In this way, implicit and explic... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

History of Ideas

The Swedish gender-neutral pronoun hen has occasionally been used since at least the 1960s. In the beginning of the new millennium its use increased among LGBT people and feminists. In 2012 a media debate concerning the pronoun attracted great public attention, and made clear that the pronoun had both friends and enemies.

The aim of this article is to describe what happened in 2012 as a feminist reform initiative to promote gender inclusion and make language less sexist, and to map the use of the pronoun in official Swedish after the debate. The study draws on language planning t... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Svenska Akademien

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

The topic of femininity is at once taken for granted and highly problematic within feminist and gender theory. While gender and queer studies in recent years have theorised masculinities in the plural, femininities have not received the same attention. Instead femininity is often seen as either simply tied to or expressive of female sex, or it is linked to objectification, subordination and sexualisation. This interdiscplinary project aims to theoretically and ethnographically examine some political tensions and fill some scientific gaps with regards to femininity. Inspired by the femini... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

The project, financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, deals with farmed animals and aspects of temporality and ethics in contemporary literature, film and theater.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Comparative Literature

This research project studies changes in taste structures and cultural preferences among Estonian and Swedish future and current elites (university students). Empirically the project continue an earlier study, conducted at Tartu University and Södertörn University in 2002. Theoretically it strives to answer questions about the role of the media in the formation of taste patterns in relation to changing societal power structures. Following our previous empirical study, a diachronic comparison between the two national student groups can now be made. It is especially important to... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Current cultural transformations reflects how the human being increasingly questions its traditional position as master of nature. This is not least obvious in the human/horse relation. Four comparative
part projects (horse welfare discussions, horse assisted coaching and leadership educations, transformations of practical/theroretical knowledge in the art and didactics of horse riding) will investigate how humans construct new fields of knowledge and norms around the horse and themselves in Sweden and Poland with its starting-point in Studies in practical knowledge, Ethics, Didacti... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

The development towards diversity in the working life is necessary both on the basis of globalization and as a human rights issue. Hence, the main issues of the project are: How do mass media organizations in Sweden and Germany manage diversity issues, such as issues of ethnic and national diversity? And does diversity management make a difference for developing a diversity focus in the media? Mass media have a large influence on what is considered to be a society contributing to equality in opportunities for all citizens. Research in this area has been dominated by normative, and also s... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Journalism

Sociology

Since the Bologna Declaration in 1999, independence is a concept that has gained much importance
in higher education, especially in relation to the independent project. Independence is however a concept which could be understood in different ways in different contexts. Since independence is a central concept in many steering documents on different levels it is reasonable that the higher education practice is influenced by how independence, as a concept, is understood and used. Ambiguities in how independence is understood and used in practice can lead to uncertainty and may
eve... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education

Teacher Education


Research area for doctoral studies

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Swedish

Journalism

Ethnology

Technocult is the acronym for the research programme Technologies of Culture – Cultures of Technology, which is dedicated to the analysis of techno-cultural phenomena in the contemporary, its roots in the past, and its consequences for the future. The programme binds together a range of closely connected themes within the humanities, which have been developed within multi-disciplinary projects at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. The themes concern culture in its social as well as aesthetic sense, and especially the mechanisms by which knowledge and values... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Currently, I work on a post-doctoral research funded by the Swedish Council for working life and social research (FAS). The project "Literacy and learning at the workplace: Swedish as a second language in the Swedish workplace" focuses on literacy use in the car industry in Sweden. Ethnographic methods of data collection are used in order to map the rich inventory of literacy practices and understand the workers' attitudes to reading and writing. Furthermore, I make use of discourse analysis methods in order to show the complexity in the texts used in the workplace.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap (FAS)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Swedish

The focus of this project is pupils’ second level of literacy, i.e. when pupils have learned to read and write, have “cracked the code”, and start to use writing as a tool for providing information to others, for example, or to remember or discover things. The overarching aim is to investigate what opportunities teaching in contemporary Swedish schools can provide for pupils as regards the development and use of writing as a resource in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No


Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

The aim of this investigation is to reconstruct and analyse the work of the Swedish curator and museum director Pontus Hultén (1924-2006) as it comes down not only in images, words and published books; but in practices. The temporal frame is the period between 1957 and 1981. Hultén was employed at Moderna Museet as a curator in 1957 and became its director in 1960. In 1973, he began work on a new cultural house in central Paris: Centre Pompidou. He led the institution until 1981. Pompidou became the world’s second most visited museum (Louvre being on the top of the li... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

"Making Sense of Aisthesis: The Return of Sensibility" contributes to to a vivid international debate concerning a contemporary ”aesthetic turn”. Our lifeworld has been aestheticized to an extraordinary degree, whilst at the same time our way of looking at the world has been affected by medias and technologies enhancing the experience of a new kind of sensibility. How are we to understand the aesthetic turn? The academic study of aesthetics is concerned with perception, i.e. the capacity of the human body to approach the world. ”Aesthetics” is referring to the Gre... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Aesthetics

The overriding questions of the project are: How do the media illuminate and explain people's uneven material resources and ethnic positions? How do the media discourses tally with people's notions of the material and ethnic gaps in society and the causes of these gaps? How are these notions connected with the individuals' own material resources and ethnic belonging?

The questions are answered by way of analyses of the media discourses in St. Petersburg and Stockholm, as well as by qualitative group interviews with inhabitants in the two cities.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Sustainable development means changing how people act and think. This means understanding how humans conceptualize and communicate about nature, how they can be motivated, collectively, to act, and what pre-existing social roles might influence their actions. In this project, three humanists analyse and compare three collectives which set out to create new ecological roles: the emotional community formed by activists’ face-to-face interaction, the virtual collective of the ecological blog, and the ‘imagined’ communities of eco-nationalist newspaper readers. We are inter... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Historical and Contemporary Studies

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

History

Media and Communication Studies

This research project investigates the role of the Internet in music use in contemporary society. The backdrop to the project is the digitalization of society and culture, where the music industry is transforming rapidly, and where the Internet, for young people in particular, is changing listening modes and, possibly, meanings of music. Changes include the shift from offline to online music listening, from album listening to single song downloads, and file-sharing and communicative activities within online social media. Our objective is to find out what these developments mean on the us... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

Media and Communication Studies

Our project aimed at increasing knowledge about journalistic production processes with a focus on ethnic diversity, based on empirical research in Swedish and German newsrooms. Simply, we wanted to know: How do journalists with migrant backgrounds experience their working conditions, career possibilities, and their possibilities of influencing media coverage? How does ethnic diversity contribute to a changed media coverage? Our method was primarily based on semi-structured interviews with editorial staff working on permanent contracts or/and fixed – term contracts, and with freelan... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Narratives of Europe website

This project investigates how Europe is identified in narratives from East Europe. It focuses on how "Europeanness" is fabricated and narrated in one of Europe's dynamic peripheries. Focusing on the region's philosophical, political, literary, musical, art and media discourses, a systematic and comparative analysis is made of how European identity is articulated differently depending on national context and narrative genre. The project thus makes comparisons in three dimensions: how does the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

Aesthetics

Art History

Media and Communication Studies

Nation branding – where nation-states in conjunction with international branding consultants execute marketing campaigns for their own country in order to attract investors and tourists – has grown both as a phenomenon and as an area of research the past decade. However, those who have analysed nation branding have either been deeply involved in the activities themselves, or have confused the branding process with the construction of national identities. In Bolin & Ståhlberg (2010) we took issue with this approach, arguing for the analytical separation of nation bui... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

This project investigates if and how the scope of contemporary rhetorical studies could be enlarged and transformed so as to include not only discursive productions of meaning but also the creation, the transformations and the institutionalizations of social menaing at large.

Two articles in Swedish, giving th general outline of the project, ar forthcoming spring 2014. The project will be presented extensivly in a book, planned forn September 2015.

In my book proposal, I present the projec thus:

In rhetorical theory, the question of how meaning is produced has tra... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Rhetoric

In Western society, children are increasingly seen as 'at risk' due to many aspects of modern life. Parents have to deal with competing demands and expectations regarding risk. This raises questions about the experiences of parents living with children that can be deemed even more 'at risk' than others. It is well known that parents of children with food allergy experience anxiety due to the constant vigilance that is necessary to cope with this condition. The purpose of this project is to study parents' ideas of the child 'at risk' by carrying out a cross-cultural analysis on two data s... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Astma och Allergiförbundets forskningsfond i samfinansiering med Södertörns högskola

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Education

The aim of the project is to investigate if, and in that case, how new identity constructions and cosmopolitan, intercultural learning processes contribute to peaceful or hostile ethnic relations in the multicultural, global society from the point of departure of an investigation about young peoples’ values in the Baltic region: The Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden. The main questions are: How are the attitudes to nonviolence/violence influenced by informal as well as formal learning, including learning by means of media and Internet? How can the concepts positive peace and the ne... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Education

In the light of the present debate on how to define the concept of political culture, the project Rhetoric and Political Culture aims at scrutinizing the importance and purpose of rhetoric in the early-modernSweden. Rhetoric was extremely important for the Swedish state and the study of it was encouraged by the Government. In the Swedish provinces around theBaltic Sea, different languages were spoken and therefore it was important to maintain an education that promoted linguistic and rhetorical abilities in order to keep the provinces culturally and politically together.

The proj... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
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Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

Environmental risks transcend traditional boundaries and raise a need for new governing and communication strategies. It also challenges the role of knowledge since risk governance often is about un-known futures. What implications does this have for democracy, policy-making and the role of the citizen? In this study we wish to analyze the framing of risk issues and how different governance structures affect conditions for deliberation, communication and knowledge.

The aim of the project is to analyze the framing of environmental risk issues and the role of the public in two gove... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic region is an empirically based and theoretically driven project in interdisciplinary gender studies that asks how non-heterosexual, or queer, families are made, represented and treated in several nations around the Baltic Sea at the beginning of the 21th century and what this might teach us about the meaning and status of kinship, family making and ideas of the future more broadly. How is (gender) identity, (national) belonging and (cultural) heritage understood, renegotiated and contested through (queer) kinship? What is reproduced in and through reprod... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

The 18th century is traditionally regarded as the Grand Siècle of modern aesthetic autonomy. A longstanding diachronic narrative holds that such autonomy originated in British early 18th-century theories on disinterestedness and was fulfilled by the German Romantics. The project aims to reassess the validity of such a narrative, by charting the intellectual topography of the aesthetic heteronomy that distinguished the British and German 18th-century discourse on ideal disinterestedness and works of art. The project focuses on how critics and philosophers inscribed aesthetic experi... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Comparative Literature

This project analyzes representations of Eastern Europe in fiction and autobiographies from the 1980s to the present, written in English by female authors who emigrated from the region, or whose parents emigrated after WW II. The complex history of this region puts high demands on contextualization of literary analyses, and so the project begins more narrowly with an initial focus on the rich variety of work produced by women writers of the post-WW II Polish diaspora. Two such writers are key: Eva Hoffman and Lisa Appignanesi. After the publication of analyses of their and other works, t... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

English

Environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea is still unable to fully support the implementation of the ecosystem approach to management. Hence, the aims and expected outcomes of RISKGOV are: 1) to improve our understanding of the structures and processes that shape the governance of environmental risks; 2) to suggest a normative framework for improving environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea. These aims will be achieved by integrating social and natural science approaches on five strategically selected environmental risks (eutrophication, overfishing, invasive alien species,... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Sociology

Environmental Science

Political Science

Media and Communication Studies

(For an introduction to the idea of doxology as a rhetorical theory of knowing – please see go to my personal profile by clicking on my name, just to the right)

In the late 19th century in northern Spain and southern France prehistoric mural paintings and engravings were discovered. Seeing what is there - Doxology as Theory of Knowledge for the Humanities and the Social Sciences inquired into epistemic questions related to images, depicting and perception that this rich and much debated material has given rise to. Focusing respectively on the historical and scienti... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Rhetoric

In the globalized job market of today, businesses are increasingly turning to call service centres located abroad to provide customer support. This project concerns Swedish call centres that have been outsourced from Sweden to Moldavia. The aim is to investigate how telephone calls in Swedish can be managed by these call centres, where the operators have been trained in Swedish at an intensive course, provided by the company. The approach is to compare telephone calls of a similar kind received at a call centre in Sweden. We intend to examine communicative dilemmas in the interaction of... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

Through an investigation relating to the concepts of space, power, and ideology, the project aspires to determine central aspects of what a critical theory of architecture and the visual arts could mean today. This comprises a genealogy of the philosophical condition for critical theory today, which must transcend the parameters defined by the classical Frankfurt School, in order to understand contemporary artistic practices. Central problem facing such a theory relate to the status of affectivity and resistance, in a society that has been defined as a “society of control” (D... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Philosophy

Art History

Aesthetics

The project is an attempt to explore the possibilities of teaching disconnection in digital culture and builds on an ongoing research collaboration between lecturers at the iSchool at the University of Toronto and Södertörn University. Tapping into a flourishing international field of research on digital culture, the disconnection project advances existing research and teaching materials and extends the understanding of ‘digital divides’ both theoretically and empirically by looking at disconnection rather than connection. Current scholarship of media life, mediatiz... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Stiftelsen för internationalisering av högre utbildning och forskning (STINT)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The project, which has been running primarily during the period 2007-2010, relates to an international discussion within contemporary continental cultural theory, aesthetics, and philosophy. It connects to a
ongoing debate concerning how we should interpret the rapid technologisation of the human life-world during the last century, and in particular how it has contributed to changing the self-understanding of humanity and in its relation to nature. The idea was to explore the task that was formulated within phenomenology and critical theory during the first half of the 20th century,... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

The body as gift, resource and commodity: Organ transplantation in the Baltic region

Running: 2008-2011

The purpose of the project is to examine from a multidisciplinary basis a medical technology in a state of rapid change: organ transplantation. From perspectives in ethnology, the history of ideas, and philosophy, individuals’ and society’s views on the body in the case of organ transplantation are studied – how norms and values regarding the body are engendered and have consequences for the way the activity of transplantation is organised. The ambitio... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

The Domestic Paradox: A comparative study of representations of home and family life in art cutting through an east west divide For Walter Benjamin the home at the beginning of the 20th Century was like a universe for the private citizen. To represent the home was not just à la mode but domestic interiors became metaphors for bourgeois identity. Ellen Key’s 1899 treatise ‘Beauty in the Home’ connects moral aspects of family life and childrearing with domestic aesthetic choices. The paradox in art history of the home in avant-garde art and architecture has been re... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

The Baltic region plays no prominent role in standard works on the history of European universities. This project will thus fill an important gap by focusing on the universities around the Baltic Sea in the period 1600-1800.

The empirical material will, to a large extent, consist of dissertations, orations and lectures, occasional poetry, letters and records and reports of the academic proceedings that will be analysed in order to give us a better understanding of the academic culture.

The research will deal with very different issues – e.g. official rules and acade... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

English summary:

Linguistic choices play an important role in how we identify and classify each other and ourselves, i.e. we speak and refer to each other by using linguistic categories. In this project we want to examine how pejorative language use is perceived, what classifies as pejoratives, how this is construed and in other ways contextualized. We intend to compare attitudes to pejoratives and their actual use Germany and Sweden, two countries with quite different general approaches to discrimination and discourses regarding for example racism.

To speak badly of a gr... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

When and where did political and moral philosophy, in the sense of systematic inquiry into the normative foundations of society, originate? When asking about the beginnings of a phenomenon, we always presuppose some sort of understanding of this phenomenon - however vague and rudimentary this understanding may be. In that sense, this project is not only historical but systematic as well: it will argue for a certain understanding of political and moral philosophy and search for the traces of its earliest developments. It is often assumed that the history of political philosophy begins wit... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

Human suffering is a phenomenon absolutely central to medicine and medical ethics. To relieve suffering is a basic mission of medicine and ethical dilemmas are often formed as a result of not being able to do so in failing adequate knowledge of and/or means to deal with the suffering in question. It is a growing concern in medicine and medical ethics that suffering is not approached in a sufficiently broad way and that this overly narrow medical perspective leaves doctors, nurses and other health care professionals badly equipped to deal with ethical dilemmas. In this critique of medicin... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

The German speaking author and playwright Peter Weiss (1916-82), who lived and died in exile in Sweden, achieved late recognition West Germany for his modernist prose (1959-62). Following this, he achieved his international breakthrough with the innovative drama Marat/Sade (1964) and the ambitious novel trilogy, Ästhetik des Widerstands (1975-81), which synthesises the political and aesthetic currents of the 20th century in the antifascist resistance movement. However, Peter Weiss’ innovative Modernist idiom can be traced back to the works and texts he wrote in Swedish in the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Comparative Literature

The aim of this study is to describe the role of the second wave of the feminist movement in Sweden in feminist language planning.

The women's movement has radically changed society on many different levels. But how has it affected language? This study focuses on the 1970’s, a decade when books like Robin Lakoff’s Language and woman's place argued that language was part of women's oppression. In the U.S. and Germany the issue of sexist language led to heated discussions (Pauwels 1998), and guidelines (e.g. Miller & Swift 1980) on non-sexist language were published... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Erik Wellanders fond, Ridderstads fond

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Swedish

In spring 1961 the Soviet Union broadcast live images through the Iron Curtain for the first time in history. The broadcasts suggested a possible future of television as an integral part of a symbolic struggle where images could travel without regard to national borders and political landscapes. In hindsight these broadcasts have earned a minor role in the history of transnational television, clearly overshadowed by the introduction of US satellite television a few years later. With this in mind the aim of the project is to understand how early Soviet transnational broadcasts at he heigh... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Time, Memory and Representation is a research program that gathers 25 scholars from 14 different disciplines, for a joint exploration and development of recent transformations in historical consciousness, and its implications for the human and historical sciences. The program is funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Donation). It is organized from Södertörn University, but researchers are recruited from all six major universities in Sweden (Uppsala, Lund, Stockholm, Göteborg, Linköping, and Umeå). Further, an international board of... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

Comparative Literature

Philosophy

Art History

Media and Communication Studies

This project explores three temporal forms used by television for historical representation: the time of the chronicle, which organizes successive flows of time through documentaries, drama series, annual chronicles; the time of catastrophe, as in live broadcasts of traumatic events where history is represented as catastrophe, crisis, disaster, as a break in the flow of time; the time of ritual, as in the televised, pre-planned ceremonial events (Olympic games, presidential inaugurations) that invite audiences to witness history in the making. Its main hypothes... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

In this age of globalization, all cultures may seem connected with one another. The question what is to be considered "original" and what is to be regarded as a translation may no longer seem relevant. All cultures are continuosly being transformed through an ongoing process of translation.

Rather than considering the question of translation as an inevitable process, however, we may take issue with it. What is translation? Are there limits to translatability? What kind of resistances to translatability way we encounter? Walter Benjamin, in his famous essay, “The Task of the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Aesthetics

Against the background of significant shifts in media production over the past decades, the aim with the project is to analyse how economic and aesthetic or cultural value is created in relation to new forms of production. With the main example taken from television production, web news production, music distribution and online gaming, this project aims at developing a theoretical model of how value is produced in the larger field of media production, and how the new forms of value production can be related to changes in that same field over the last couple of decades.

Especially... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

With only four days notice, the Soviet Union and its allies in the Eastern Bloc withdrew from the 1967 television broadcast, Our World, intended to be the first live satellite broadcast to cover the entire Northern Hemisphere. The Soviet withdrawal from the Our World broadcast fits well into historical accounts of broadcasting that have traditionally depicted Eastern and Western Europe as strictly isolated from one another, existing in separate universes. While the withdrawal from Our World ultimately cemented the picture of two isolated television systems, the proposed project will take... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Media and Communication Studies

The aim of this project is to study online virtual world Second Life as an everyday culture. Studies of virtual worlds have often tended to focus on the imaginary or boundary-breaking elements of Internet culture. This project, though, examines the way that everyday life is constructed and communicated within Second Life; looking at how time, space, routines and normality are established within the virtual world. By approaching the research through phenomenological and anthropological theories of everyday life, the project will enlarge our understanding of everyday life in modern society... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The project aims to update and critically (re-)assess the legacy of the semiotician and literary scholar Yuri Lotman in the context of the study of cognition. One of the most interesting and yet to be explored areas of Lotman’s multifaceted legacy was his study of culture as an intrinsic component of human consciousness. In his early structuralist as well as in his latest works on literature, art and culture, Lotman has consistently applied such concepts as (individual and collective) consciousness, memory, and intellect; modeling mechanism (that characterizes individual consciousn... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies