Linn J Sandberg is a senior lecturer and assistant professor in Gender Studies. She joined the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, in fall of 2017. Sandberg’s main research focus is on gender, sexuality and embodiment in intersection with old age and ageing. Her work spans both empirical studies, primarily through qualitative interviews, and theoretical interrogations, where she is in particular interested in combining queer and feminist theories with critical gerontology and more recently also dementia studies.
In her current research project funded by Forte the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Sandberg studies intersections of Alzheimer’s disease, gender, sexuality and intimacy through interviews with couples where one partner is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. From a theoretical perspective the study explores how gendered subjectivities emerge in relation to dementia; how is gender subverted or sustained in intimate relationships with dementia? The study also aims to contribute empirically to dementia research where there is a lack of studies on gender and sexuality, in particular where also the voices of persons with Alzheimers disease are heard.
Sandberg is involved in several international collaborations, she is currently affiliated Trent University’s Centre for Aging and Society, Canada as a research fellow.
Sandberg received a PhD in Gender Studies from Linköping University, Sweden (Getting intimate: a feminist analysis of old age, masculinity & sexuality 2011). Her doctoral research focused on masculinity, sexuality and old age through the narratives of 22 heterosexual men born between 1922 and 1942. The study was based on qualitative interviews and the explorative method ”body diaries”. The dissertation makes dialogues between studies of men and masculinities, feminist theory, sexualities- and queer studies and studies of ageing and old age, and discusses topics such as erectile changes, sexual desire, touch and intimacy. The doctoral study has led to a number of publications in journals such as Sexualities, International Journal of Ageing and Later life, Men and Masculinities. She also contributes with chapters on sexuality and ageing to Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology (2015), Introducing the new sexualities studies (eds. Seidman, Fischer & Meeks, 2016), Addressing the sexual rights of older people (eds. Barrett & Hinchcliff, 2018.) and Ageing and Everyday Life: Materialities and Embodiments (ed. Katz S, forthcoming 2018).
Sandberg has also been a post-doctoral fellow in social work at Linköping University (2011-2014), working in the project “Children and young people living in rural areas witnessing violence at home: A study of the social network’s responses” and was in this project part of the Responses to Interpersonal Violence (RIV) network, including the international network). In this project she has focused particularly on intergenerational relationships and how these are negotiated in relation to domestic violence. This project has resulted in four scientific publications including a chapter in the research anthology A Response-based approach to the study of inter-personal violence (Eds. Hydén, Gadd & Wade) published with Palgrave. Sandberg has also collaborated with professor Lucas Gottzén, Stockholm University, in a project on children and adolescents exposed to violence at home and their experiences of the responses of their grandparents (2014-2015). This project, which is an offspring from Sandberg’s & Gottzén’s previous research within RIV, is funded by Stiftelsen Allmänna barnhuset and is based on qualitative interviews.