Organisation och personal

Ann-Sofie Lönngren

universitetslektor vid Centrum för genusvetenskap

018-471 5796
Kv Botan, Villav 6
75236 Uppsala
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

forskare vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen

018-471 6186
018-471 6186
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 P
Box 632
751 26 UPPSALA

Kort presentation

I am a Ph.D. (2008) and associate professor in literature (2014) working at The Centre for Gender Research and the Department of Literature. My interests include Nordic 20th century literature, animal studies, interdisciplinarity, queer theory, education, intersectionality. These perspectives are all employed in my most recent book, Following the Animal. Power, Agency, and Human-Animal Transformations in Modern, Northern-European Literature (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

Nyckelord: education queer theory nordic literature human-animal studies interdisciplinarity intersectionality

Mina kurser


I grew up in Uppsala, Sweden, and studied at Uppsala university, where I focused my studies on literature and history. I also took a few courses at other universities, including one semester in Ireland and one in France as a student. Then, in 2003, I was accepted into the Ph.D. programme in the Department of Literature at Uppsala University. In 2008, I earned my Ph.D. with a thesis in which I discussed normativity and subversions regarding gender and sexuality in a selection of works by the canonized, turn-of-the-twentieth-century Swedish author August Strindberg.

Post-Ph.D., my research interests in Swedish nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature were widened to include Europe’s entire northern sphere (often referred to as Scandinavia or the Nordic), and my interest in queer theory was extended to animal studies, intersectionality, interdisciplinarity, posthumanism, new materialism, education and knowledge-production. In 2009, I received a one-year research scholarship from Humanistiska Kungliga Vetenskapssamfundet i Uppsala [The Royal Society for the Humanities in Uppsala] for a project about human-animal transformations in Nordic, modern literature. In 2010, I became affiliated with the Humanimal research group at the Center for Gender Research at Uppsala University, and in 2011, I was granted additional funding for my project, this time from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. Moreover, in 2012 I joined gender researchers Jacob Bull (geography) and Pär Segerdahl (philosophy) to begin working on the project “Becoming Human – Gender Theory and Animals in a More-Than-Human World”, financed by Sweden’s National Research Council. In this project, I continued to study literary human-animal transformations, and specifically engaged in developing methods that makes it possible to read such motifs, not as merely fantastic depictions, but as sources of knowledge about the human-animal relationship. Authorships that were included in this study include August Strindberg (Swedish), Aino Kallas (Finnish-Estonian), Karen Blixen (Danish) and Sjón (Icelandic), among others. This project ended in 2017. Since 2016, I am one of three project-leaders for the research-node “Vetenskap, Validering, Partiella perspektiv: Kunskapsproduktion Bortom Normerna” (Science, Validation, Partial Perspectives: Knowledge Production Beyond the Norms) at the Department of Literature at Uppsala university. Since 2014, I am also an associate member of New Zealand center for human-animal studies.

Since 2002, I have published numerous articles, essays and reviews in Swedish and English, in research journals such as NORA: Nordic journal for feminist and gender research; Contagion: Journal of Culture, Mimesis, and Violence; and lambda nordica: Nordic journal of lgbtq-studies. Moreover, I edited the special issue “Djur” [Animals] in lambda nordica in 2011 and co-edited the Nordic collaboration Queera läsningar: Litteraturvetenskap möter queerteori [Queer Readings. Literary Scholarship Meets Queer Theory] in 2012, as well as the international anthology Exploring the Animal Turn. Human-Animal Relations in Science, Society and Culture (Pufendorf Institute, Lund University: Lund, 2014). Since 2011, I have been the book editor of lambda nordica.

Starting in 2005, I have taught, tutored and supervised on all levels in literature, rhetorics and gender research. I have also been involved in the didactic program for school-teachers. In 2009, I was one of the initiators of the Queer Seminar at Uppsala University, and in 2008–2010, I was a member of the executive committee of the Swedish Literary Society. Moreover, I was an affiliated researcher at The Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University in 2010– 2012, where I coordinated the network DINO (Diversity in Nordic Literatures), and also organized the international conference “Ambiguities, Alternatives, Alterations – transforming Nordic literatures”. In 2011–2013, I was active as a representative in the society lambda nordica, and in 2012– 2014, I was a member of DINO’s steering committee. Since 2012, I have been a member of the working group for the Karin Westman Berg scholarship at Uppsala University, and in 2013– 2014, I was an affiliated researcher in the “Exploring the animal turn” group at the Pufendorf Collegium for Advanced Scholars at Lund University in Sweden. Between 2014-2016, I co-coordinated the Humanimal research group at the Center for Gender Research at Uppsala University. In 2014 I earned the title of associate professorship.

For more information about me, please download the combined CV and List of Publications on this page. Also visit me on, where you can download most of my work.

Selected publications

Monographies, peer-reviewed

Following the Animal. Power, Agency, and Human-Animal Transformations in Modern, Northern European Literature (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015)

Doctoral dissertation: Att röra en värld: en queerteoretisk analys av erotiska trianglar i sex verk av August Strindberg (Lund: ellerströms, 2007), 304 p.

Peer-reviewed articles in journals/book-chapters

“Following the Animal. Place, Space, and Literature,” Animal Places. Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations, eds. Bull, J., Holmberg, T., Åsberg, C. (London: Routledge, 2018)

“Oppression and Liberation. Traditional Nordic Literary Themes of Female Human-Animal Transformations in Monika Fagerholm’s Early Work,” Novel Districts. Critical Readings of the Works of Monika Fagerholm, eds. Kristina Malmio and Mia Österberg (Helsinki: Finnish literature society, SKS, Studia Fennica Litteraria 9, aug. 2016), 119–132

“Trolls!! – Folklore, Literature and ‘Othering’ in the Nordic Countries,” Rethinking National Literatures and the Literary Canon in Scandinavia, eds. Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Dag Heede, Anne Heith and Heidi Grönstrand (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), 205–230

"The Pre-Modern Strindberg. Sex, Gender, Sexuality," TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek, 2015:1, 718

"Autism and the Question of the Human. Normative Subjects and the Significance of Emotions and Interaction in Research and Life Writing,” by Jenny Bergenmar, Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Literature and Medicine, 2015:1, 202 221

“Swelling, Leaking, Merging – a material feminist reading of Strindberg’s A Madman’s Manifest,NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2014:1, 419

“Triangular, homosocial, lesbian: a queer approach to desire in August Strindberg’s novel A Madman’s Manifesto,Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, 2012, 205–230

“Från diagnostisering till intersektionalitet. Tendenser inom Strindbergsforskningen 1963–2011,” Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, 2011:3–4, 5–21

“Mellan metafor och litterär materialisering – heteronormer och djurblivande i Monika Fagerholms novell ’Patricia Kanin’ (1990),” lambda nordica, 2011:4, 53–84

“Förvandlingar – politiska implikationer av litterära transformationer människa-(o)djur,” Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, 2008:3–4, 87–96

“Ordens skapande kraft – Den Okändes queera maskuliniteter i Till Damaskus IIII,lambda nordica, 2008:4, 60–73

Articles in journals/book-chapters; reviewed by the editorial board

“Queera animaliteter. Charlotte Inuk’s roman Store Dyr i relation till en litterär tradition,” Mine drømme har en anden virkelighed. Charlotte Inuk og hendes forfatterskab, eds. Marianne Larsen and Moritz Schramm (Odense: Syddansk universitetsförlag: 2015), 253–264

“Butler, performativitet och transgender studies,Retorisk kritik, eds. Otto Fischer, Patrik Mehrens & Jon Viklund (Retorikförlaget: Ödåkra 2014), 258–273

“Flickan och fjärilen – en transteoretisk läsning av en novell av Birgitta Trotzig,” Fält i förvandling. Genusvetenskaplig litteraturforskning, eds. Eva Heggestad, Anna Williams & Ann Öhrberg (Gidlunds, Hedemora 2013), 115–130

“Queer ekokritik. Exemplet Strindberg,” Queera läsningarlitteraturvetenskap möter queerteori, eds. Katri Kivilaakso, Ann-Sofie Lönngren & Rita Paqvalén (Rosenlarv, Stockholm 2012), 202–225

Editorial experience: peer-reviewed anthologies

Rethinking National Literatures and the Literary Canon in Scandinavia, eds. Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Dag Heede, Heidi Grönstrand, and Anne Heith (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015)

Editorial experience: non peer-reviewed anthologies

Exploring the Animal Turn. Human-animal relations in science, society and culture, eds. Erika Andersson Cederholm, Amelie Björck, Kristina Jennbert & Ann-Sofie Lönngren (Pufendorf Institute, Lund University: Lund, 2014)

Queera läsningar – litteraturvetenskap möter queerteori, ed. Katri Kivilaakso, Ann-Sofie Lönngren & Rita Paqvalén (Rosenlarv förlag, Stockholm, 2012).


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