Petter Hellström

visiting researcher at Department of History of Science and Ideas

+4618-471 5750
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a historian, specialised in the cultural history of science. My research is particularly concerned with the history of the evolutionary life sciences.

I am on parental leave during the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Keywords: cultural history of science 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

My courses


  • PhD in History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2019.

  • Visiting Doctoral Student, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 2017–2018.

  • Doctorant invité, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris, 2016.

  • Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 2015.

  • Review editor of Lychnos, 2012–2015.

  • Doctoral student, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2012–2019.

  • MPhil History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge, 2009–2010.

  • Exchange student, Arabic language and literature, University of Damascus, 2006–2007.

  • BA Hons Arabic and Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2004–2008.


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.

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