Ylva Söderfeldt

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of History of Science and Ideas

+4618-471 1569
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

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Docent and associate senior lecturer in History of Science and Ideas.

Director of Centre for Medical Humanities.

Keywords: history of medicine emotion disability patient involvement patient organizations womher medical humanities

Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for History of Science/Berlin Centre for the History of Knowledge 2016-2017

Research Associate and Lecturer, Institute for History, Theory and Ethics in Medicine at RWTH Aachen University Hospital 2012-2016

Ph.D. in History, Stuttgart University/ Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation 2008-2011

B. A. and M.A. in History of Ideas, Stockholm University 2002-2006

My primary research interests are directed towards the relationship between expertise and subjectivity, i. e. between those who produce knowledge and the ones they produce knowledge about. This has led me to study people who, due to some deviation from the norm, become objects of concern for various kinds of experts who study, describe, manage, and treat them in various ways. Specifically, I am interested in how groups marked as “others” participate in defining themselves and how this process that affects both the “others” and the people, practices, institutions, and discourses surrounding them.

My current research plans involve studying the early formation of patient organizations and their relationship to medical expertise. The self-governed organizations people with particular illnesses in common began forming in the late 19th century have in the 20th century grown into an influential social movement, where patients engage in self-help, sociability, lobbying, and knowledge generation. From 2020-2023, I am leading a Swedish Research Council funded project on the structure, impact, and discursive transformation of patient organizations in the 20th century.

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Ylva Söderfeldt