Petter Hellström

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

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

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

I am a historian of science, specialised in the history of the life sciences. I am particularly interested in the historical entanglements of science and religion, scientific modelling and visual culture, classification and racism.

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 Karolinska Institutet and Södertörn University. 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.

I have a strong interest in scientific outreach. For two contributions published in English by the Guardian, please click here. For contributions and media appearances in Swedish, please see the Swedish version of this page.

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 press release, click here.

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

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Petter Hellström