Hampus Östh Gustafsson
Researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas.
In 2021, I defended my doctoral thesis on the legitimacy of the 20-century humanities in Swedish politics of knowledge. In my current research, I investigate the role played by collegiality in the context of major reforms in the history of research and higher education with a particular focus on the conflicting temporalities of university politics.
Keywords: history of education history of humanities historiography history of knowledge politics of knowledge history of universities crisis democracy
PhD, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2021.
Visiting doctoral student, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, 2017.
MA, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2014.
Erasmus student, History, University of Manchester, 2011.
My research interests are focused on the history of universities, the social value of the human sciences and modern politics of knowledge.
In my doctoral thesis, I examined how the humanities were legitimised in Swedish society during the 20th century, thus attempting to historicise the recurring notion of the so-called 'crisis in the humanities'. The thesis also sheds new light on the shifting relationship between the humanities and democracy, thereby bringing further nuances to the ongoing debates on the state and legitimacy of the humanities. Comparative studies on the history of humanities have emerged as an ambitious field of research in recent years. By avoiding a limited focus on individual humanistic disciplines, my thesis deepens our understanding of the role assigned to knowledge in modern politics.
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