Ulla Manns

Ulla Manns


Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor of Gender Studies and deputy vice chancellor for research and PhD-training.

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Ulla Manns, deputy vice-chancellor for research, professor in Gender Studies at the School of Culture and Learning. Associate professor in the History of Ideas. Chair of the steering committee for Center for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), chair of the committee for the University Library, member of the board of InterGender: Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Tema Genus and member of its executive board, Linköping University, www.intergender.net. Former chair of department (2004-2008), former program director of the master’s program in Gender Studies (180 ECTS) and former vice head of School of Gender Studies, History and Religion.

I joined Södertörn University in the fall of 2002. Prior I was a lecturer at the Department of the History of Ideas, Stockholm University, where I also completed my Ph. D. My main research interests fall in the broader area of knowledge and society. In particular, I am interested in women’s and other social movements in Norden, historiography, memory cultures, university history, formations of feminist theory, critical history and post/decolonial studies. Other areas of interests include methodology and questions of pedagogy in higher education. Among other things, I have participated in a research project which developed a pilot course for Ph. D. supervisors. The course focused on questions of interaction, assimilation and intercultural encounters in the context of PhD supervision.

Present research: “Controversies in Nordic Gender Research through the lens of politics of belonging: Who counts, what counts”, starting spring 2018. The study is part of “Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW): An Excellence Hub in Research, Education and Public Outreach”, involving five Nordic Universities. The study is analysing present controversies within Nordic Gender Research, concerning conceptualisations of gender in relation to Nordic coloniality, indigenous rights, racism, and intersectionality. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/reimagining-norden-in-an-evolving-world

Recently completed study: "Translating and Constructing Gender Studies in the Nordic Region 1975-2005". A collaboration with Ulrika Dahl, Uppsala University, and Marianne Liljeström, Turku University, Finland, focusing feminist canon formation and regional identity. Our co-authored book: The Geopolitics of Nordic and Russian Gender Research, 1975-2005 was published at Södertörn Academic Press, 2016. http://sh.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:972563/FULLTEXT01.pdf

Ongoing research: within the research program "Time, Memory, Representation: A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness" (Riksbankens jubileumsfond 2010-2015) which included some twenty-five scholars, yet another study about nineteenth-century western feminism is conducted. "The Cultural Memory of Nineteenth-Century Feminism: futurity, belonging and space" is the working title of the monography under production. Attention is paid to the production of historical knowledge about the feminist movement in the west, feminist memory cultures, collective identity processes and spaces within the movement. The project is taking its point of departure in Pierre Nora’s notion of lieux de mémoire but analyses the making of a "feminist Pantheon" from a critical historical, post-colonial and queer point of view. Politics of belonging within 19th century feminism and constructions of the west and the rest, the importance of religion and moral conduct is focused. Different kinds of silences in historical source material is given large attentions in the readings. The role of the contemporary (feminist) historian within the realm of cultural memory is also discussed.

2004/2005 I held the Rausing scholarship at the Department of History of Science, Uppsala University. In fall 2006 I was visiting scholar at History Department, Skidmore College, NY, within the STINT-scholarship program Teaching Excellence. 2010-2012, and 2015-2016, I participated in a teachers exchange program with Center for Womens Studies at the University of Jordan, Amman.

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