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  • 2018-06-04

    Defences of doctoral theses, January - June

    Female terrorists in Russia, Holocaust testimonies, evangelists in Eritrea and Nord Stream's gas pipeline off Gotland. This is the range of subjects in which our doctoral students have researched and defended their theses!

    Creating the Revolutionary Heroines - The Case of Female Terrorists of the PSR (Russia, Beginning of the 20th Century)

    26 January: Nadezda Petrusenko

    Nadezda PtrusenkoThe subject of Nadezda Petrusenko’s doctoral thesis in History is female terrorists in Russia in the early 20th century, in the period before the Russian Revolution. It deals with women who were members of the era’s biggest Russian socialist party, PSR, and who committed politically motivated acts of violence – or, more specifically, how these women were presented in biographies of them written by fellow party members or in their own autobiographies.

    Petrusenko’s findings include the way the stories are, in general, similarly constructed in a manner that aims to increase public sympathy for the revolutionary fight. The idea was also that the women would be role models for others fighting for the same cause at the start of the last century.

    The stories focus a great deal on heroism and martyrdom and on how the women have undergone a transformation and “realised what they must fight for”. At the same time, women who committed acts of violence were incredibly shocking, breaking the gender norms of early 20th century Russia – the female terrorists in the stories are therefore often “feminised” so that they can also live up to the image of “the good woman”.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.


    Bröder emellan: Identitetsformering i det koloniserade Eritrea (Between brothers: identity formation in colonised Eritrea)

    16 March: Rahel Kuflu

    Omslagsbild avhandling Bröder emellanThe period in which Rahel Kuflu’s doctoral thesis in History is set is the years 1890-1916. The place is Eritrea, which was a time in which this African nation was colonised by Italy (it remained an Italian colony until 1941). However, this was also a period when Swedish missionary organisations such as the Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen (EFS – the evangelical fatherland foundation) and Missionssällskapet Bibeltrogna Vänner (BV – the missionary society of faithful friends) were working to build Evangelical-Lutheran churches in Eritrea. Among other things, both EFS and BV worked with Eritrean evangelists to reform the church in the country, and started various missionary schools.

    In her thesis, Rahel Kuflu looks for answers about how the Eritrean evangelists, as well as other Africans who went to Swedish missionary schools, were influenced by their meetings with foreign missionaries and by living in a country that was colonised by Europeans. How was their self-image and view of where they belonged formed and changed, and how did they deal with colonial oppression? Kuflu finds the answers in Swedish missionary archives, where she has searched for African voices.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.


    Energilandskap i förändring: Inramningar av kontroversiella lokaliseringar på norra Gotland (Changing energy landscapes: framing controversial localisations on northern Gotland)

    28 March: Karin Edberg

    Karin EdbergThe focus of Karin Edberg’s doctoral thesis in Sociology is on two recent, widely-discussed and controversial investments in power on the island of Gotland. One deals with when Nord Stream, a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, was built, for which the Nord Stream company, which has Russia’s Gazprom as the majority shareholder, received permission to rent the port and storage areas in Slite. Not far from there, in the countryside, the Boge Vindbruk company had advanced plans to build a wind farm – but that project never came to fruition.

    But how were the two different projects understood and interpreted by those who were most affected by them, such as local residents, people with holiday homes, and local politicians? And how should we understand why some people chose to see the projects as great opportunities while others primarily saw them as a threat? This is an important part of Karin Edberg’s thesis.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.


    Beyond the Witness. Holocaust Representation and the Testimony of Images: Three Films by Yael Hersonski, Harun Farocki and Eyal Sivan

    27 April: Rebecka Katz Thor

    Rebecka ThorThe last witnesses to the Holocaust will soon gone. Is the issue of the type of testimony that images can provide a potential way of preserving memories in a time with no living witnesses? This thesis investigates how images provide witness, by regarding them as complex units that are produced, reproduced and resituated in differing political and historical situations.

    The moving images in three archive-based films by Harun Farocki, Yael Hersonski and Eyal Sivan are reactivated and reinterpreted. Raw material that was produced as Nazi propaganda and the video recording of a politically charged trial in the Holocaust’s aftermath is given new meaning. The material’s archive status, context and production conditions, as well as their representation, provide the framework for an analysis through which the images’ testimony can be understood.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.


    Bruten vithet: om den ryska femininitetens sinnliga och temporala villkor (Off-white: on Russian femininity’s sensory and temporal conditions)

    25 May: Maria Lönn 

    Omslagsbild avhandling Bruten vithetAre all white women equally white? Visual indicators such as pigment are just one of many factors determining white femininity. Other important components are the issue of time and the importance of appearing contemporary and modern. This thesis in Gender Studies examines hierarchies of white femininity and how ideas of modernity and temporality are expressed via the body and the senses.

    At the heart of the thesis are white Russian women who live in Stockholm, Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and who try to embody ideas of modernity and temporality by controlling that which white subjectivity has a long history of attempting to transcend: the body. Each geographic location also has differing opinions about (un)modern bodies, which has consequences for the significance of white femininity.

    Instead of examining the making of a modern bodily-controlled white femininity through discourse and representation, the thesis focuses on how white femininity is inscribed in racialised perception and incorporated via the schema and habits of the body and senses. It asks questions about whether it is possible to experience the unmodern tactilely, or whether it is possible to smell the difference between a privileged or off-white femininity.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.


    EndocrineDisruption in Fish: Effects of 17α-ethinylestradiol Exposure on Non-reproductive Behavior, Fertility and Brain and Testis Transcriptome 

    1 June: Tove Porseryd

    Tove PorserydEmissions from sewage plants, pollutants in precipitation and discharge from land all mean that the water around us is extremely exposed to various types pf environmental destruction, with great consequences for plant and animal life.

    One substance that often ends up in our watercourses is EE2, a synthetic oestrogen found in contraceptive pills that is only partially removed by water treatment. In her thesis in Environmental Science, Tove Porseryd studies how zebra fish are affected by exposure to this synthetic hormone. EE2 is an endocrine disruptor and Porseryd has found that zebra fish that are exposed to low levels of EE2 during development display more anxious behaviour and have lower fertility as adults than normal, even after recovering in clean water for a longer period.

    Porseryd also examines other issues, such as how EE2 affects zebra fish when it is combined with the antidepressant pharmaceutical citalopram, which is also often found in our watercourses.

    Read the entire thesis in Diva.