Solveig Jülich

professor at Department of History of Science and Ideas

+4618-471 1573
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

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Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

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Solveig Jülich is Professor at the Department of History of Science and Ideas. She received a Ph.D in Technology and Social Change from Linköping University in 2002. From 2003 to 2006 she was employed as Senior Lecturer at the undergraduate programme Culture, Society, Media Production at Linköping University. She was Assistant Professor, funded by the Swedish Research Council, at the Department of Literature and History of Ideas at Stockholm University from 2006 to 2010, and then Senior Lecturer in History of Ideas. In 2014, she joined the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University.

Jülich’s research and teaching interests include medical humanities, history of medicine and biomedicine, historical perspectives on ethics and value conflicts in medical research, and history of medicine’s visual and material culture.

Her previous research projects have explored the introduction and reception of x-ray images, the interaction between medical science and media culture, and the making of the iconic images of embryos and foetuses by Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. At present she is responsible for the six-year research programme "Medicine at the borders of life: Fetal research and the emergence of ethical controversy in Sweden", funded by the Swedish Research Council. She is also a member of the steering group for the research programme “Science and modernisation in Sweden”, funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg’s foundation and hosted by the Center for the History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Selected publications

“Picturing abortion opposition in Sweden: Lennart Nilsson’s early photographs of embryos and foetuses”, Social History of Medicine, vol. 30, 2017. Abstract

“In the light of media: Mass miniature radiography surveys for tuberculosis in Sweden, c. 1940–1970”, Media History, vol. 22, 2016, 201–216. Read here

“Lennart Nilsson’s A Child Is Born: The many lives of a pregnancy advice book”, Culture Unbound, vol. 7, 2015, 627–648. Read here

“The making of a best-selling book on reproduction: Lennart Nilsson’s A Child Is Born”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89, no. 3, 2015, 491–525. Abstract

“Lennart Nilsson’s fish-eyes: A photographic and cultural history of views from below”, Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History, vol. 84, no. 2, 2015, 75–92. Abstract

“Colouring the human landscapes: Lennart Nilsson and the spectacular world of scanning electron micrographs”, Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, vol. 29, no. 2, 2014, 464–497. Abstract

“Transdisciplinary variations and strategies: Media history meets history of medicine”, Media history in movement, ed. Marie Cronqvist, Patrik Lundell & Pelle Snickars, Lund: Lund University, 2014; title in trans.

”Televising inner space: Lennart Nilsson’s early medical documentaries on the interior of the human body”, Representational machines: Photography and the production of space, ed. Anna Dahlgren, Dag Petersson & Nina Lager Vestberg, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2013.

“The traffic of images: Mobile mass miniature radiography in Sweden”, The bus is the message: Perspectives on mobility, materiality, and modernity, ed. Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Ylva Habel & Solveig Jülich, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket, 2013; title in trans.

”Fetal photography in the age of cool media”, History of participatory media: Politics and publics, 1750–2000, ed. Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich, Frans Lundgren & Per Wisselgren, New York: Routledge, 2011.

History of participatory media: Politics and publics, 1750–2000, ed. with Anders Ekström, Frans Lundgren & Per Wisselgren, New York: Routledge, 2011.

”Lennart Nilsson’s early foetal photographs: From abortion debate to sexual education”, To the very skin: Studies in the history of medicine, dedicated to Karin Johannisson, ed. Torbjörn Gustafsson Chorell & Maja Larsson, Nora: Nya Doxa, 2010; title in trans.

”Objective images: Ideals and strategies”, Medicine becomes science: Karolinska Institutet 1810–2010, ed. Karin Johannisson, Ingemar Nilsson & Roger Qvarsell, Stockholm: Karolinska Institutet University Press, 2010; title in trans.

”Media as modern magic: Early x-ray imaging and cinematography in Sweden”, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 6, no. 1, 2008, 19–33.


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