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Anders Ekström

professor at Department of History of Science and Ideas

Email:
anders.ekstrom[AT-sign]idehist.uu.se
Telephone:
+4618-471 1575
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3P
Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

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Biography

Anders Ekström (b. 1965) is Professor at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University. He has published broadly on modern cultural and media history and theory for more than 25 years, including 10 individually authored, co-authored and edited books. His overall research and teaching interests include modern Scandinavian and European cultural and intellectual history (especially 1800-1950), media history, visual culture, cultural theory, museum and exhibition studies, science and society, science and media, history of humanities, research and higher education policy. He has contributed to journals such as Theory, Culture and Society, Media, Culture & Society, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Culture Unbound, Early Popular Visual Culture, International Journal of Communication, Victorian Studies, Tidsskrift for kulturforskning, Lychnos, Kulturella perspektiv and Nordisk Museologi.

Ekström previously held positions at Uppsala University, the Swedish Institute of Studies in Education and Research (Stockholm), Linköping University, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm). He was a Visiting Fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study in Uppsala in 1999. In 2005-2006, he was a Visiting Researcher at University of Cambridge. In 2013, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and at Clare Hall College, both in Cambridge, UK. In 2012, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Media History at the Department of General History at the University of Turku, Finland.

Ekström has served in more than 25 PhD dissertation committees across different disciplines. He has extensive experience from acting as a grant reviewer, panel member and expert for universities, research institutes and research councils in several countries. In 2014, he was elected Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University, consisting of eleven academic departments, with special responsibility for research and PhD training. In 2014-2015, he was an expert on the Swedish government's offical committee on museums. Over the years, he has worked with many museums on exhibitions and other assignments.

Ekström's PhD thesis from 1994, The World on Display: The Stockholm Exhibition of 1897 and the World's Fairs of the Nineteenth Century (title in translation), was awarded the Johan Nordström and Sten Lindroth prize for scholarly excellence. More recently, Ekström has been awarded prizes for his interdisciplinary work and for initiating debates on the role of the humanities in future societies.

Recent and ongoing research projects

1. "Dividing times: Cultural techniques and disciplines between history and nature, 1900-1950" (with Staffan Bergwik, Stockholm University; pending).

2. "Exhibitionary media: Publics beyond representation" (pending).

3. "Integrative research environments", 2015-2016 (with Sverker Sörlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology; funded by the Swedish Research Council).

4. "From Pompeii to Fukushima: Time, intermediality and transregional imaginaries in disaster discourse", 2013-2016 (funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

5. "Exhibition Studies: A Nordic Network", 2013-2014 (with Brita Brenna, University of Oslo, and Taina Syrjämaa, University of Turku; funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

6. "Cultures of disasters: A Network for Humanistic Research on Disasters", 2012-2013 (with Kyrre Kverndokk, University of Oslo, and Isak Winkel Holm, University of Copenhagen; funded by the Norwegian Research Council).

7. "Exhibitions as media space, 1866-1930", 2010 (funded by the Ridderstads Foundation).

8. "The future of the humanities", 2010-2012 (with Sverker Sörlin, KTH; funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

9. "Publics on display: A cultural history of audiences and publics", 2008-2012 (funded by the Swedish Research Council).

Selected publications

Books, edited volumes and special issues

Cultures of Disasters, editor (with Kyrre Kverndokk) of special issue of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research 7:3 (2015), 202 pp.

Tvärgående kulturforskning, editor of special issue of Kulturella perspektiv: Svensk etnologisk tidskrift 22:1 (2013), 63 pp. (title in translation: Transverse Cultural Research)

Alltings mått: Humanistisk kunskap i framtidens samhälle (with Sverker Sörlin) (Stockholm: Norstedts, 2012), 288 pp. (title in translation: The Measure of All Things: Humanities-Based Knowledge in the Future Society).

History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000, Routledge Studies in Cultural History 13 (co-edited with Solveig Jülich, Frans Lundgren and Per Wisselgren) (New York: Routledge, 2011), xii+192 pp.

Humanisterna och framtidssamhället (with Julia Boguslaw, Lars Geschwind, Niklas Stenlås, Sverker Sörlin, Miriam Terrell and Eskil Wadensjö), Institutet för Framtidsstudier, Forskningsrapport 2011/1 (Stockholm: Institutet för Framtidsstudier, 2011), 180 pp. (title in translation: The Humanists and the Future Society").

Viljan att synas, viljan att se: Medieumgänge och publik kultur kring 1900 (Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2010), 278 pp. (title in translation: The Will to Be Seen, The Will to See: Media Sociality and Public Culture Around 1900).

Representation och materialitet: Introduktioner till kulturhistorien (Nora: Nya Doxa, 2009), 235 pp. (title in translation: Representation and Materiality: Introductions to Cultural History).

1897: Mediehistorier kring Stockholmsutställningen, Mediehistoriskt arkiv 1 (co-edited with Solveig Jülich & Pelle Snickars) (Stockholm: Statens ljud- och bildarkiv, 2006), 392 pp. (title in translation: 1897: Media Histories and the Stockholm Exhibition).

Den mediala vetenskapen (ed.) (Nora: Nya Doxa, 2004), 390 pp. (title in translation: Mediated Science).

Dödens exempel: Om självmordstolkningar i svenskt 1800-tal genom berättelsen om Otto Landgren (Stockholm: Atlantis, 2000), 327 pp. (title in translation: The Example of Death: Narratives of Suicide in Nineteenth-Century Sweden).

Publika kulturer: Att tilltala allmänheten, 1700-1900 (with Martin Bergström and Frans Lundgren), Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, Uppsala universitet, Skrifter 23 (Uppsala: Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, 2000), 182 pp. (title in translation: Public Cultures: Addressing the Public, 1700-1900).

Den utställda världen: Stockholmsutställningen 1897 och 1800-talets världsutställningar (Stockholm: Nordiska museets förlag, 1994), 387 pp. (title in translation: The World on Display: The Stockholm Exhibition of 1897 and the World’s Fairs of the Nineteenth Century).

 

Journal articles, book chapters and reports

"Walk-In Media: International Exhibitions as Media Space", The Routledge Handbook of Museum Media and Communication, eds Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry & Kim Christian Schröder (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

Integrativa kunskapsmiljöer: Rapport från två seminarier (with Sverker Sörlin) (Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet, 2016), 22 pp. (title in translation: Integrative Knowledge Environments: A Report of Two Workshops).

"When is the Now? Monitoring Disaster in the Expansion of Time", International Journal of Communication 10 (2016), pp. 5342-5361.

"A Failed Response? The Humanities in Transition", Akademisk kvarter 13 (2016), pp. 5-15.

"Remediation, Time and Disaster", Theory, Culture and Society 33:5 (2016), pp. 117-138.

"Introduction: Cultures of Disasters" (with Kyrre Kverndokk), Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research 7:3 (2015), pp. 356-362.

"Naturkatastrofer i menneskets tidsalder: Mot en tverrfaglig forståelse av antropocen-begrepet" (with Henrik H. Svensen), Tidsskrift for kulturforskning 3 (2014), pp. 6-21 (title in translation: "Natural Disasters in the Age of Humans: Toward an Interdisciplinary Understanding of the Concept of the Anthropocene").

"Katastrofer och kulturell improvisation", Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for palliativ medisin 1 (2014), pp. 11-14 (title in translation: "Disasters and Cultural Improvisation").

"Katastrofens tid: Pompeji, Johnstown, Fukushima", Annales: Kungl. vetenskapssamhällets i Uppsala årsbok 39 (2013), pp. 9-23 (title in translation: "Time and Disaster: Pompeii, Johnstown, Fukushima").

"Självständig eller isolerad? Om samverkan i forskarutbildningen", Till vilken nytta? En bok om humanioras möjligheter, eds Tomas Forser and Thomas Karlsohn (Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013), pp. 103-110 (title in translation: "Independent or Isolated? On Collaboration in PhD Training").

"I mellanrummen", Kulturella perspektiv: Svensk etnologisk tidskrift 22:1 (2013), pp. 3-5 (title in translation: "In the Interstices").

"Kunskapspolitik för ett hållbart samhälle" (with Karin Johannisson and Sverker Sörlin), Kulturella perspektiv: Svensk etnologisk tidskrift 22:1 (2013), pp. 61-66 (title in translation: "Knowledge Politics for a Sustainable Society").

"Exhibiting Disasters: Mediation, Historicity, and Spectatorship", Media, Culture & Society, 34:4 (2012), pp. 472-487.

"Participatory Media in Historical Perspective: An Introduction" (with Solveig Jülich, Frans Lundgren and Per Wisselgren), History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000, eds Anders Ekström et al. (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 1-9.

"Knowing Audiences, Knowing Media: Performing Publics at the Early Twentieth-Century Fun Fair", History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000, eds Anders Ekström et al. (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 20-31.

"Inledning: Humanisterna och framtidssamhället" (with Sverker Sörlin), Humanisterna och framtidssamhället, Institutet för Framtidsstudier, Forskningsrapport 2011/1 (Stockholm: Institutet för Framtidsstudier, 2011), pp. 9-24 (title in translation: "Introduction: The Humanists and the Future Society").

"Seeing From Above: A Particular History of the General Observer", Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 31:3 (2009), pp. 185-207.

"'Showing at One View': Ferdinand Boberg's 'Statistical Machinery' and the Visionary Pedagogy of Early Twentieth-Century Statistical Display”, Early Popular Visual Culture, 6:1 (2008), pp. 35-50.

"Kulturhistorisk medieforskning: Fyra spår", Mediernas kulturhistoria, Mediehistoriskt arkiv 8, eds Solveig Jülich, Patrik Lundell and Pelle Snickars (Stockholm: Statens ljud- och bildarkiv, 2008), pp. 32-45 (title in translation: "Cultural-Historical Media Research: Four Tracks").

"Den nya kulturhistorien: Från representation till materialitet", Idéhistoria i tiden: Perspektiv på ämnets identitet under sjuttiofem år, eds Nils Andersson and Henrik Björck (Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion, 2008), pp. 292-300 (title in translation: "The New Cultural History: From Representation to Materiality").

Samverkan som universitetspolitik: Historia, förnyelse, kunskapskultur, Uppsala Papers in History of Ideas 9 (Uppsala: Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, 2007), 20 pp. (title in translation: Cooperation as University Politics: History, Innovation, Knowledge Culture).

"I mediearkivet" (with Solveig Jülich och Pelle Snickars), 1897: Mediehistorier kring Stockholmsutställningen, eds Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich & Pelle Snickars (Stockholm: Statens ljud- och bildarkiv, 2006), pp. 7-43 (title in translation: "In the Media Archive").

"Den falska återkomsten: Om gammal och ny kulturhistoria”, Kulturella perspektiv 4 (2005), pp. 1-18 (title in translation: The False Return: On Old and New Cultural History).

"Vetenskaperna, medierna, publikerna", Den mediala vetenskapen, ed. Anders Ekström (Nora: Nya Doxa, 2004), pp. 9-31 (title in translation: "The Sciences, the Media, the Audiences").

"Vetenskapsjournalistik som forskningsfält: En intervju med Sharon Dunwoody" (with Anders Carlsson), Den mediala vetenskapen, red. Anders Ekström (Nora: Nya Doxa, 2004), pp. 323-334 (title in translation: "Science Journalism as a Research Field: An Interview with Sharon Dunwoody").

"Moderna karaktärer”, Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria, 2002, pp. 57-83 (title in translation: "Modern Characters").

"Konsten att se ett landskapspanorama: Om åskådningspedagogik och exemplarisk realism under 1800-talet", Publika kulturer: Att tilltala allmänheten, 1700-1900 (Uppsala: Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, 2000), pp. 125-170 (title in translation: "The Art of Seeing a Landscape Panorama: On Visual Education and Exemplary Realism in the Nineteenth Century").

 

Short essays and reviews

Articles on research and higher education policy in journals and newspapers such as Forskningspolitikk: Fagbladet for forskning, høyere utdanning og innovasjon, Tvärsnitt, Upsala Nya Tidning, Dagens Nyheter and Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

Several essays in newspapers such as Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Upsala Nya Tidning, Morgenbladet, and in various cultural and popular history journals, for example Tiden, Hjärnstorm and Populär Historia.

More than 65 reviews of academic books, mostly published in Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria and Upsala Nya Tidning.

Encyclopedia entries for Nationalencyklopedin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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