Petter Hellström

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Education

Email:
petter.hellstrom[AT-sign]edu.uu.se
Visiting address:
von Kraemers allé 1 A
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 2136
750 02 Uppsala

visiting researcher at Department of History of Science and Ideas

Email:
petter.hellstrom[AT-sign]idehist.uu.se
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am an historian of science, associated both with the Department of Education and the Department of History of Science and Ideas. My research explores scientific attempts at system building, classification and ordering, and the importance of models and metaphors, images and visual culture in the history of science.

Keywords: history of classification history of racism science and religion history of the life sciences history of evolutionary theory taxonomy and systematics metaphors and models visual culture of science visual rhetoric historical method historiography history of natural history information management history of science historical epistemology scientific rhetoric science pedagogy

I hold a PhD degree in the History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala University, and an MPhil degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. I also hold a BA Hons degree in Arabic and the Study of Religions from the University of London.

Apart from various positions at Uppsala University, I have also been employed by Södertörn University and Karolinska Institutet. I have been an invited guest at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris, and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. In the autumn of 2021, I will be a visiting researcher at the University of Lucerne.

I have a strong interest in scientific outreach. Although the majority of my interventions and appearances are only available in Swedish, two have been published in English by the Guardian.

I defended my doctoral thesis, "Trees of Knowledge. Science and the Shape of Genealogy", in September 2019. For the thesis abstract, click here. For the examiner's report, click here. For the Uppsala University press release, click here. I am currently rewriting my thesis for publication with Zone Books.

For my profile page on Academia.edu, click here.

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Petter Hellström