Our research

Books in the librarySödertörn University has professional, creative research environments that range over many disciplines and fields.

Our research has a contemporary focus united with an active and critical approach to the past. Many of the research groups and research projects strive to achieve a high level of contemporary and social relevance. The university's research generally has an international focus, even in subjects that traditionally examine their own national cultures and history. A key word is multidisciplinarity.

Projects

Current research projects from Södertörn University's research project database are published here on an ongoing basis. (If the list is empty, there are currently no relevant projects in the database).
Project

This project is basically an analysis of the televised shows of the Egyptian televangelist Amr Khaled. His Ramadan-shows has been immensely popular among Arab speaking Muslims all over the world. His teaching differs from many earlier preachers/teachers in that his interpretation is often directed to the more affluent people. Many sympathizers seem to be young people and women in particular. In his shows, questions relevant for young people and women are often in focus.

An interesting aspect is that Amr Khaled’s message is rather a-political, or was at least until the Arab... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Study of Religions

The aim of the project is to analyze politics and medical theory as well as practice related to abortion in Sweden 1938 - 1965. During the period, women´s access to legal abortion increased, in particular from 1946 when a socio-medical indication was added to the law. In the 1950´s though, access seems to have decreased; the numbers of legal abortions were halved. Abortion was an issue of conflict between gynecologists and psychiatrists, and the impact of psychiatry grew. In the project, ideas and beliefs on women and women's role in family and society will be discussed. The... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History of Ideas

The microbial community ecology of the Baltic Proper is studied within this project, funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, and several microbial ecosystem functions are investigated in order to understand the microbial capacities to cope with environmental change. With low surface salinity, a steep halocline, an eutrophication process and infrequent water mixing, areas of anoxic deep waters and sediments are gradually increasing, resulting in a steep oxygen gradient. The stratification of microbial community structure and functional capacity along the oxygen grad... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Biology

Geography

International Health

Environmental Science

Meal Sciences

Development Studies

The project departs in the contradiction between the sedentary and place bound character of archaeological thought and data, and the often mobile and fluid reality of the past. Through a set of archaeologically well-known prehistoric places we try to elucidate spatial and cultural relations in the Baltic Sea area. By presenting a number of junctions and crossroads, the project aims to illuminate the problematic ideas of sedentism in order to complement and nuance the description of past contacts and connections between people and communities.

The starting point is the diversity o... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Archaeology

Aristotle is the first to argue that the task of natural science is essentially to investigate into the various causal relations that govern the processes of nature. This project deals with different questions, epistemological as well as metaphysical, that are raised by Aristotle's theory of causality. What kind of object is a cause: is it a thing or an event? Are causes 'out there' in the world, as objective features of this world, or are they rather to be thought of as elements in our explanations of nature? By exploring Aristotle's ways of dealing with an... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

Audiences in the Age of Media Convergence: Media Generations in Estonia and Sweden

It is often argued that young people are among the first to adopt new media technologies, and that they are especially keen on taking on all new features connected with mobile technology and the Internet. In spite of this oft-repeated claim, one could suspect that since computers, mobile phones and other personal and digital media have become so widespread among large portions of the populations in the industrialised world, it might not be technology, per se, that distinguishes you... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

This project investigates how participants in contemporary preschool education – teachers and children – are formed by and are able to form their educational processes. We are combining a phenomenological-philosophical perspective on the concept of “Bildung” with empirical studies in Stockholm, Södertälje and Berlin. Doing this it contributes to an urgently needed dialogue between philosophical and empirical research on education. In four different sub-projects we are exploring pre-school education as interplay of different perspectives (teacher, teacher... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Ethnology

Studies in Practical Knowledge

Body in society - or you are what you eat.

The application was submitted by Mats Grahn (SH), Paulina Rytkönen (SH) and myself (Lennart Hammarström, KI) and centered around various aspects of the potential interplay between food, the genome and the metagenome.

 

The three projects have been progressing as follows:

1. Olfactory receptors within the MHC region (Mats Grahn, PI)

The olfactory receptors (OR) encoded within the MHC region on chromosome 6 have been suggested to be involved in a variety of biological functions, including not... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
-

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

The aim of this project is to investigate cultural processes, ideological currents of thoughts in the Swedish society through the broad production and argumentative activities of Britta Stenholm (1916-2002) and Stellan Arvidson (1902 – 1997) during several decades in the time of the Cold War, when questions of democratisation and education were of great interest.

Arvidson was a social democratic member of the Swedish Parlament, a school politician, “Father of the Swedish Comprehensive School”, president of the Swedish society of authors, professor of literature... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Possible means to reduce air pollution from marine vessels in the Baltic Sea are analyzed in the research project BSR InnoShip. Today, we know that these emissions play significant roles in the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea that leads to severe disturbances in vital ecosystems. The latest estimates indicate that more than 50 percent of deposited nitrogen comes from marine transportation. The research group from Södertörn University primarily contributes with analyzes of communication barriers and how communication between key stakeholders could be improved.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
EU

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Until the german invasion of Poland in 1939 the Jewish Bund was one of the strongest socialist movements in Europe. Founded in Vilnius 1897 Der algemeyner yidisher arbeter bund in Lite, Poyln un Rusland - as the movement was called in Yiddish - grew into a jewish socialist and non zionist labour movement without comparison within the Pale of settlement in the Russian empire - from Vilnius in the north down through Belorussian, Polish and Ukrainian society where a jewish proletariat developed in the beginning of the 20th century. After WWII and the Holocaust there remained only remnants o... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

One way to understand communication patterns when the participants are in a state of panic,
confusion, severe stress, or the like is to study telephone calls to societal institutions for contingency information or emergencies. The way to respond to the caller, and the calling
person's way of seeking response, can give valuable clues about the conditions and functions of a conversation in a crisis situation. Many of the features have already
been investigated in other studies of talk-in-interaction and discourse, particularly in the field of Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No


Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

The objective of this interdisciplinary research project is to gain insights about the dilemmas, opportunities, and challenges that private and public organizations face regarding the development of responsible procurement, including how they manage environmental and health risk in different parts of a complex product chain. The case in question is the textile sector.

Our analysis of responsible procurement in this sector includes a focus on (i) priorities and knowledge – or lack of knowledge – among public and private procuring organizations about chemical risks in d... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Sociology

Environmental Science

Media and Communication Studies

Steampunk is an aesthetic technological movement, incorporating science fiction, art, engineering, and a vibrant 21st century counterculture. It is characterized by a retro-futuristic envisioning of alternative pasts and futures in which the steam-powered technologies of the Victorian era came to develop quite differently. Steampunks are hardware hackers with a punk Do-It-Yourself ethos, reclaiming technology for the masses. Their costumes mix top hats and corsets with brass and elaborate clockwork constructions.

The project aims to critically investigate the political and theore... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

A growing number of organizations have started to use informal social structures and decision making as a means to increase innovation and productivity. These so-called social organizations, typically use tools and practices originating from social media to facilitate communication with employees, customers, and partners (a k a networked organizations). The new social technology makes it possible to share and use information in new forms of collaborations within and outside the enterprise.

Competitive Intelligence and Business Analytics (CIBA) services have much to gain... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Media Technology

In a more globalized world, with multiple governance levels and sources of authority, participatory
governance, with strong roles for such civil society actors as environmental organizations, is
increasingly seen as a remedy for dealing with transboundary environmental problems. But there are
some critical aspects regarding participatory governance that is so far little discussed in the literature,
and which require careful empirical analysis. How does participatory governance actually work in a
regional context, i.e. among neighboring states sharing environmenta... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Political Science

This project concerns Muslim environments in contemporary Sweden. The focus is on teaching and preaching in some local groups in urban spaces. Questions that the project focuses are what kind of Islam that is advocated and views on integration/segregation and gender-roles, for example, and how that relates to issues such as freedom of religion, democratic values, secularisation and so on.

Pedagogical questions are also focused. It has for long been taken for granted that confessional education has been authoritative and this project will focus on how teaching is planned and what... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Study of Religions

The aim the project is to study how gender is created, expressed and normalized in online environments among young people (age 10 to 14 years old) in Estonia and Sweden. Furthermore, we will study what meaning this creation of identity has in their everyday life.

We will study the following three themes:

a. How gender is expressed and normalized in online environments?

b. What meanings has the online construction of gender, for the young in their everyday life?

c. How do young people use media technology tools to complement verbal and written expressions i... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Media and Communication Studies

Introduction

In the 1980s, it became clear to most professional observers that modernism in art was over. Its bent towards formal abstraction, notions of aesthetic autonomy along with utopian and totalizing tendencies were no longer considered viable. Post-modernism was the new label for the alleged break with modernism. A rough decade and a half later, post-modernism was itself deemed historical, even by standard survey textbooks on world art history. Today, and since the 1990s, the chief terminological competitor to both of these interlinked terms – moder... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

This interdisciplinary project is focused on preconditions for regional collaboration in relation to environmental governance of the Baltic Sea. Overfishing and eutrophication from agricultural run-off have been selected as case study areas, because of the considerable tensions between natural resourse use and environmental protection objectives in these areas. The major expected outcomes comprise (a) an increased understanding of contemporary governance in these areas and (b) suggestions on how new and improved collaborative schemes could contribute to more effective regional environmen... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science

This project will analyse how the concepts of minority, national identity, citizenship and power were constructed, transformed and communicated within several specific cosmopolitan milieus, 1870-1914.The project’s main concern is the study of the concept ”cosmopolitan”, and how this ”universal” concept was associated with different views on minorities and national identity. The nationalist awakening which characterised Europe at the end of the nineteenth century originated in early nineteenth-century German thought on the role of language and culture in cons... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

History of Ideas

This project investigates the creation of national universities in Latvia and Lithuania during the first period of independence, 1919-1940. These new universities are viewed as national institutions carrying great symbolic weight. They were supposed to fulfil the expectations of the intellectuals and politicians of the titular nations: creating institutions of higher education using the national language, forming the aspiring youth of the nation and focussing on the history and culture of the nation. This agenda, however, partly conflicted with an established academic agenda: that appont... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

The general idea of the project is to explore the interconnection between crisis and critique and to ask whether crisis situations can open up new opportunities as well as require radical critique. The basic idea goes back to Walter Benjamin and Bertold Brecht, who, in the 1930s, were working on a common journal project to be called Krise and Kritik. The journal never actually materialized, however, in several editorial meetings and written exchanges Brecht and Benjamin developed the idea of discussing crisis and critique. Taking their approach as a starting point, I am investigating pro... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Although critical thinking is a main goal of the Swedish education system, it has no generally accepted definition. The aim of the project is to explore the idea that perspective shift is an important form of critical thinking, especially in practical reasoning, and to discuss didactic consequences of this idea in higher education. Among the themes studied are the didactic applications of rhetorical theories on topos, perspective shift as crtiical presupposition analysis, and creative writing as training in critical self-reflection.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Swedish

Rhetoric

History of Ideas

Religion is becoming an important topic in the public school’s class rooms. Due to migration, pupils meet invigorated religion in the form of diversity, alongside their teachers’ teaching. The diversity varies with history, pedagogy, national and local culture and values. The experience of diversity varies with age and family tradition.

Using pupils’ experience of diversity in school as a point of departure, the project’s aim is to …

(1) describe the bearing of structural factors on that experience; to
(2) describe the effect of variati... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Historical and Contemporary Studies

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Study of Religions

Teacher Education

Cultural and commercial exchange is something inherent
in art history research as well as in the trade of art and antiquities. Any
nation’s cultural heritage exists only in comparison with the heritage of
another nation, so the identification and care of the specific national
qualities are of great importance. Thus cultural heritage has great political
ramifications. Historically as well as in present time artefacts cross nation
state borders through conflict, diplomacy or legal trade. For the future
development of a rich national cultural heritag... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

This project focuses upon a case in point, the Congolese fashion movement La SAPE (La Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elégantes) whose presence and fashion practices in Paris and other European metropolises are expressed as material assertions of European belonging. In recent years, the SAPE phenomenon has spread to several Western metropolitan spaces and to the social forums of the digital landscape, such as YouTube. My research on the topic takes its theoretical point of departure in the revived interest for material and spatial dimensions of cultural sign... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Data-driven journalism is a project between Södertörns University (SH), Swedish Television Pejl
(SVT), SAS Institute, Swedish Radio, Norrköpings Tidningars Media, Helsingborgs Dagblad, Mittmedia, Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet.

The aim of the project alliance is to innovate data-driven journalistic services in Sweden.
Joint activities are to develop, integrate, practically test methods and tools for data-driven
journalistic. This will raise awareness, generate experience and knowledge for participating journalists
and media companies´ m... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Verket för innovationssystems (VINNOVA)

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Business Studies

Media Technology

Journalism

This project focuses on the impact of new, personal and digital media, on the way in which we can understand audience formations, lifestyles and segmentation, and the changing generational experiences connected to a rapidly changing media landscape. The project combines three component studies: Göran Bolin studies the relation between mobile technology and gendered generational experiences. Anna Maria Jönsson analyses the ways in which audiences orient through the vast media landscape, and which lifestyle components interrelate with media use. Peter Jakobsson analyses the music... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

We know from earlier research that new ethical principles, and thus a specific morality, have developed in relation to new, digital, media. Values such as freedom (of speech), creativity, and individualism are central here, as are passion, hedonism, etc. These results, however, are mostly based upon analyses of small, specific groups of early adopters; hacker, file sharers, those who download music, etc, groups that almost exclusively are based on youth. At the same time, usage of digital media is quickly spreading in the population at large, and different and varied groups of people tod... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

An integrated study on the environmental history of pollution and protection at national level in the
Baltic Sea Region in the 20th century.

Significance: It is often said that the Baltic Sea is the most polluted, yet the most protected sea in the
world. However, the long history of pollution and protection of the Baltic Sea remains completely
unstudied. We argue that the proposed project is a forerunner in global terms because the environmental history of pollution and the protection of the seas and oceans is in general an... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Political Science

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the break up of the Soviet Union the peoples around the Baltic Sea have become more interconnected. A number of studies investigating the new economic and political developments have been carried out. One area that has not been given as much attention is that of interreligious relations. The aim of this project is to study relations and encounters between Protestant missionaries from Sweden and indigenous Protestant churches in the Soviet Union, Russia and Ukraine from the perspective of both the sending and receiving institutions. Among other things... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Study of Religions

The main aim of this project is to discuss and problematize ideas and understandings of the cosmopolitical. Cosmopolitanism as an object of academic interest has expanded since the dissolution of the Soviet empire and the end of the Cold War. One purpose is to contribute with a new and instructive perspective on a discourse rather dominated by the social sciences through an analysis from the viewpoint of conceptual history, drawing on the later Koselleck, as well as taking into consideration Gadamer's theory of the history nof effect (Wirkungsgeschichte). In this way, implicit and explic... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

History of Ideas

ECOPOOL is a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on governance of water resources and related ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea Region. The new demands on institutional arrangements by the EU Water Framework Directive, as well as of changing ecosystems due to e.g. climate change could be viewed as a reorganization phase that implies an increased need for adaptive capacity and transformability. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to an improved understanding of the feedbacks between ecosystems and society for sustainable governance. We use an ecosystem approach... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
-

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science

The over all aim of the project is to
determine the impact of low levels of frequently occurring pesticides on
reproductive function in salmon and anadromous brown trout. In particular, in
view of the pesticides known ability to disrupt the detection of olfactory
cues, experiments will concentrate on determining the impact of pesticides on
olfactory-mediated reproductive functions and the effects on courting and
spawning behaviour and fertilisation rates. Recent studies have shown that pesticides used in agriculture occur frequently in Swedish streams and pr... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Science

The Swedish gender-neutral pronoun hen has occasionally been used since at least the 1960s. In the beginning of the new millennium its use increased among LGBT people and feminists. In 2012 a media debate concerning the pronoun attracted great public attention, and made clear that the pronoun had both friends and enemies.

The aim of this article is to describe what happened in 2012 as a feminist reform initiative to promote gender inclusion and make language less sexist, and to map the use of the pronoun in official Swedish after the debate. The study draws on language planning t... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Svenska Akademien

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

Endocrine disruption in fish: Effects on behaviour and reproduction, development of biomarkers and assessment of risk levels in the Baltic Sea

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with the function of the hormone system of all vertebrates and several non-vertebrate species. A variety of EDCs are found in aquatic environments from industrial contamination and from wastewater, where urinary estrogens and synthetic estrogens used for birth control are important contributors. Evidence from field studies suggests relationship between environmental ED... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Biology

Geography

International Health

Environmental Science

Development Studies

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with the function of the hormone system of all vertebrates and several non-vertebrate species. A variety of EDCs are found in aquatic environments from industrial contamination and from wastewater, where urinary estrogens and synthetic estrogens used for birth control are important contributors. Evidence from field studies suggests relationship between environmental EDC exposure and reproductive alterations in fish, and feminisation of male fish living downstream of sewage treatment plants has been observed. Effects of estrogenic chemicals... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Science

The proposed project will address the question of if and how biodiversity at the genetic level influence the ability of species and ecosystems to respond to environmental disturbance (pollutants) in theBaltic Sea. Due to its large, heavily populated, industrialized and farmed drainage area, and its long water residence time, a complex mix of contaminants concentrate in the system. Anthropogenic contamination is strongly associated with reductions in the species richness and evenness of marine habitats and theBaltic Seais considered to be one of the most polluted seas in the world. The Ba... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Biology

Environmental Science

The topic of femininity is at once taken for granted and highly problematic within feminist and gender theory. While gender and queer studies in recent years have theorised masculinities in the plural, femininities have not received the same attention. Instead femininity is often seen as either simply tied to or expressive of female sex, or it is linked to objectification, subordination and sexualisation. This interdiscplinary project aims to theoretically and ethnographically examine some political tensions and fill some scientific gaps with regards to femininity. Inspired by the femini... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

This project aims to increase our understanding of how and under what conditions reforms of national security states are carried through. Empirically, the project focuses on six small states in Northern Europe and their actions after 9/11. The results show that Denmark and the three Baltic States implemented far-reaching reforms while Sweden and Finland opted for continuity. The reactions are explained by differences with respect to threat perceptions, pressure from international institutions, the domestic political context, and the existence of previous rules for counterterrorism.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Political Science

The global expansion of capitalism in Eastern Europe has created new structural conditions, new social relations and new cultural patterns. This project explore how people in the interface between Western and Eastern Europe, between post-communism and late-capitalism interpret and manage the
liberalization of markets, transnational migrations and the growing informal economy.

For individuals and groups who fall outside the formal economy framework of contractual wages and social rights, the informal sector acts as a survival strategy. However, this in turn lead to their excl... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Ethnology

This research explores how, since the 1990s, women in business have become a political issue
in Sweden. The aim was to investigate how women who run companies formulate demands and how they act at three levels in politics: national politics, local politics and NGOs.

The research was conducted from 2008-2011 and was funded by Vinnova (the
Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems).

Contact and further information

Eva Blomberg, eva.blomberg@sh.se

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Verket för innovationssystems (VINNOVA)

Status

Finished

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

This research project studies changes in taste structures and cultural preferences among Estonian and Swedish future and current elites (university students). Empirically the project continue an earlier study, conducted at Tartu University and Södertörn University in 2002. Theoretically it strives to answer questions about the role of the media in the formation of taste patterns in relation to changing societal power structures. Following our previous empirical study, a diachronic comparison between the two national student groups can now be made. It is especially important to... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The development towards diversity in the working life is necessary both on the basis of globalization and as a human rights issue. Hence, the main issues of the project are: How do mass media organizations in Sweden and Germany manage diversity issues, such as issues of ethnic and national diversity? And does diversity management make a difference for developing a diversity focus in the media? Mass media have a large influence on what is considered to be a society contributing to equality in opportunities for all citizens. Research in this area has been dominated by normative, and also s... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Sociology

Journalism

Media and Communication Studies

The project addresses immigrant communities as well as public authorities in three Baltic region countries.

The aims of the proposed project include bridging the tools, activities and concepts of citizen communities, on one hand, and the governments’ top-down participation practices and technologies on the other, in terms of interoperability and integration.

The expected outcomes materialize as recommendations for the integration of participatory activities of citizen communities with participation-facilitating approaches of governments by means of

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    Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

    Yes
    EU (Interreg)

    Status

    Finished

    Research area for doctoral studies

    Media Technology

Early modern societies experienced a dynamic development, which in many respects can be explained with the formation of an infrastructure for information, equalling the importance of the internet for today’s globalized world. Seventeenth century’s media revolution (mainly founded on postal services, printed and manuscript news forms) multiplied the flow of information accessible for the contemporaries. This caused a modernization on different levels of society. Information itself turned into a commodity, traded on a vastly growing news market in certain cities, where informat... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

IODP Baltic Sea Expedition 347 - History of the Baltic Sea Basin during the last 130000 years

 During Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 347, sediments from
different settings in the Baltic Sea Basin (BSB) spanning the last
glacial–interglacial cycles will be cored to address four main research
themes:

Climate and sea level dynamics of marine oxygen isotope Stage (MIS) 5, including onsets and terminations,

The complexities of the last glacial (MIS 4–MIS 2),

Glacial and Holocene climate forcing (MIS... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Biology

Geography

Environmental Science

Islamophobia is certainly not a new phenomenon in Europe, but in recent decades this problem has increased significantly. The purpose of the project is to study the characteristics of Islamophobia in the most populous Baltic Sea nations, i.e., Germany (especially the northeastern parts or the former East Germany), Poland and Russia, with special focus on its Christian dimension, in a main time perspective of contemporary history. Thus far, much less attention has been paid to problems of Islamophobia in (the previously communist) Eastern Europe than in other parts of the continent, and i... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Study of Religions

The project will study regional identity making on five large Baltic islands – Bornholm, Gotland, Åland, Saaremaa, and Hiiumaa – during the 19th and 20th centuries. The interplay between subnational identity ideologies on the one hand and nationalism and supranational projects on the other will be examined. Thereby we will contribute to the still developing field of analysing identity making in other settings than purely ethnical or national ones. The overall outline is comparative: what differences are there between the islands, in various epochs and political settings... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History

Technocult is the acronym for the research programme Technologies of Culture – Cultures of Technology, which is dedicated to the analysis of techno-cultural phenomena in the contemporary, its roots in the past, and its consequences for the future. The programme binds together a range of closely connected themes within the humanities, which have been developed within multi-disciplinary projects at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. The themes concern culture in its social as well as aesthetic sense, and especially the mechanisms by which knowledge and values... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Landscapes lost. Photo: Arne SjöströmIn 2011, MARIS launched a new research area. The goal is to conduct archaeological surveys, examine and discuss the sunken landscapes of the early Holocene in the southern Baltic Sea. The project concentrates on the postglacial river mouth of Verkeån, south-east Scania and the Blekinge archipelago. Another interest is the unknown archaeol... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Started

MARIS

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Archaeology

Currently, I work on a post-doctoral research funded by the Swedish Council for working life and social research (FAS). The project "Literacy and learning at the workplace: Swedish as a second language in the Swedish workplace" focuses on literacy use in the car industry in Sweden. Ethnographic methods of data collection are used in order to map the rich inventory of literacy practices and understand the workers' attitudes to reading and writing. Furthermore, I make use of discourse analysis methods in order to show the complexity in the texts used in the workplace.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap (FAS)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Swedish

The focus of this project is pupils’ second level of literacy, i.e. when pupils have learned to read and write, have “cracked the code”, and start to use writing as a tool for providing information to others, for example, or to remember or discover things. The overarching aim is to investigate what opportunities teaching in contemporary Swedish schools can provide for pupils as regards the development and use of writing as a resource in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No


Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

The aim of this investigation is to reconstruct and analyse the work of the Swedish curator and museum director Pontus Hultén (1924-2006) as it comes down not only in images, words and published books; but in practices. The temporal frame is the period between 1957 and 1981. Hultén was employed at Moderna Museet as a curator in 1957 and became its director in 1960. In 1973, he began work on a new cultural house in central Paris: Centre Pompidou. He led the institution until 1981. Pompidou became the world’s second most visited museum (Louvre being on the top of the li... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

The project represents an interdisciplinary study within the fields of political philosophy, philosophy and literature. It aims to investigate the notions of "the common" and the "loss of the common" in relation to the conditions of modern society. These phenomenon are analyzed with reference to the political experiences of the 20th century that divided Europe. The project attempts to conceptualize the impact of these notions and thereby reconsider the central idea of "commonality" in political philosophy. It envisages the concept of a common ground for society that lies beyond universal... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Comparative Literature

Philosophy

"Making Sense of Aisthesis: The Return of Sensibility" contributes to to a vivid international debate concerning a contemporary ”aesthetic turn”. Our lifeworld has been aestheticized to an extraordinary degree, whilst at the same time our way of looking at the world has been affected by medias and technologies enhancing the experience of a new kind of sensibility. How are we to understand the aesthetic turn? The academic study of aesthetics is concerned with perception, i.e. the capacity of the human body to approach the world. ”Aesthetics” is referring to the Gre... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Aesthetics

Establishment of markets and creation of regions are acknowledged as slow and incremental processes, but there are also examples of rapid and revolving changes, which can deepen or completely change earlier patterns. Such a revolutionary change was the 1989 downfall of the Soviet system in Eastern Europe, which created completely new conditions for the flow of trade, investments and services between countries that hitherto had been separated despite the geographic proximity.

The Nordic countries have since long tried to find different venues to increase the integration between th... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

The project is a gender theoretical and historical study of masculinity as a cultural construction. By focusing on masculinity, the project aims to critically investigate the gender-coding of the modern political subject, as a man and as a citizen. The project investigates how masculinity changes over time, during the long 19th Century, and the primary material consists mainly of fiction, which is sourced from countries in the Baltic region. Otherwise, the project's multidisciplinary approach and in addition to scientific literature, gender studies and historical tools will also politica... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Comparative Literature

Aesthetics

The overriding questions of the project are: How do the media illuminate and explain people's uneven material resources and ethnic positions? How do the media discourses tally with people's notions of the material and ethnic gaps in society and the causes of these gaps? How are these notions connected with the individuals' own material resources and ethnic belonging?

The questions are answered by way of analyses of the media discourses in St. Petersburg and Stockholm, as well as by qualitative group interviews with inhabitants in the two cities.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Continuously more of our media consumption is conducted through digitised, web-based computer and mobile phone use. Such extensions of our media behaviour into the digital realms of mobile and personal media and web-based services (search engines, social networking sites, etc.) have brought with it the development of new business models within the media and culture industries.

These models build on deep knowledge on the personal features and digital behaviours of media users. In the wake of this development a discussion on the role of media users in terms of labour has arisen. Pa... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Sustainable development means changing how people act and think. This means understanding how humans conceptualize and communicate about nature, how they can be motivated, collectively, to act, and what pre-existing social roles might influence their actions. In this project, three humanists analyse and compare three collectives which set out to create new ecological roles: the emotional community formed by activists’ face-to-face interaction, the virtual collective of the ecological blog, and the ‘imagined’ communities of eco-nationalist newspaper readers. We are inter... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

History

Media and Communication Studies

Academic research, and companies working on waste management or in the agrifood sector, are constantly searching for new sustainbly produced enzymes that are capable of degrading recalcitrant natural molecules or pollutants of human origin. The enormous diversity of the microbial communities in the environment offer a unique potential for the discovery of novel natural bioremeditating or biocontrol enzymes. Such enzymes, offer new perspectives for companies involved in environmental pollution control or clean up, or working with agricultural/pharmaceutical/chemical/foods sectors.

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Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
EU

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Arthropod-borne flaviviruses are a serious factor for morbidity and mortality, including Tick-Borne Encephalitis virus (TBEV) causing severe and sometimes fatal CNS disease. Several factors, including climate-changes, have affected the TBEV distribution with significant outcome on the risks for human infections within the Baltic Sea region (Donoso Mantke et al., 2008, Randolph, 2008, Sumilo et al., 2007, Suss, 2003). In addition, new reports further indicate frequent TBEV vaccin-breakthrough with excisting vaccines.

TBEV can be subdivided into three subtypes, Western European (W-... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

This research project investigates the role of the Internet in music use in contemporary society. The backdrop to the project is the digitalization of society and culture, where the music industry is transforming rapidly, and where the Internet, for young people in particular, is changing listening modes and, possibly, meanings of music. Changes include the shift from offline to online music listening, from album listening to single song downloads, and file-sharing and communicative activities within online social media. Our objective is to find out what these developments mean on the us... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

Media and Communication Studies

Our project aimed at increasing knowledge about journalistic production processes with a focus on ethnic diversity, based on empirical research in Swedish and German newsrooms. Simply, we wanted to know: How do journalists with migrant backgrounds experience their working conditions, career possibilities, and their possibilities of influencing media coverage? How does ethnic diversity contribute to a changed media coverage? Our method was primarily based on semi-structured interviews with editorial staff working on permanent contracts or/and fixed – term contracts, and with freelan... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

This project investigates how Europe is identified in narratives from East Europe. It focuses on how "Europeanness" is fabricated and narrated in one of Europe's dynamic peripheries. Focusing on the region's philosophical, political, literary, musical, art and media discourses, a systematic and comparative analysis is made of how European identity is articulated differently depending on national context and narrative genre. The project thus makes comparisons in three dimensions: how does the narration of European identity vary (1) between centre and periphery; (2) between national subreg... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

Media and Communication Studies

Art History

Aesthetics

Nation branding – where nation-states in conjunction with international branding consultants execute marketing campaigns for their own country in order to attract investors and tourists – has grown both as a phenomenon and as an area of research the past decade. However, those who have analysed nation branding have either been deeply involved in the activities themselves, or have confused the branding process with the construction of national identities. In Bolin & Ståhlberg (2010) we took issue with this approach, arguing for the analytical separation of nation bui... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The last decade bear witness to massive changes within Shi‘ite Islam. Since Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979, Ruhollah Khomeini’s ideological and theological idea that Islamic jurists should wield di-rect political power has vastly dominated the discourse and everyday practice of Twelver Shi‘ites worldwide. This is now changing. In Iran, the Khomeinist system is challenged in hitherto unseen ways and critique of the dominating ideology is articulated also within the Islamist establishment. In Iraq, the American invasion of 2003 has led to drastically increased po... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Study of Religions

People’s worldviews are the result of negotiations on several levels. In our daily life, we meet various types of knowledge that we aware or unaware judge and use. This affects our identities and our relationship to other people. In the late modern, globalised world, such negotiations are particularly apparent. For example in big cities where people of various cultural, religious, linguistic backgrounds live together. The pluralism that exists today in many European cities, lead to discussions about public values and worldviews, where nothing is “given”. From one perspe... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Study of Religions

This is not a research project in the traditional sense, instead it is a three-year financial grant for qualification and collaboration, within the framework of Vinnova’s VinnMER; the contributing parties are Vinnova, Södertörn University and Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre. A central condition of the project is collaboration with a research institute, in this case Mobile Life.

An initial aim of the project was to link to the Mobile Life project 'Generalized interaction models', which later resulted in a number of other projects. The primary issues have come to... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Verket för innovationssystems (VINNOVA)

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Media Technology

This project investigates if and how the scope of contemporary rhetorical studies could be enlarged and transformed so as to include not only discursive productions of meaning but also the creation, the transformations and the institutionalizations of social menaing at large.

Two articles in Swedish, giving th general outline of the project, ar forthcoming spring 2014. The project will be presented extensivly in a book, planned forn September 2015.

In my book proposal, I present the projec thus:

In rhetorical theory, the question of how meaning is produced has tra... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Rhetoric

The project, which is multi-disciplinary, focuses on how the extensive printed epideictic literature addressed to the Swedish royal persons c. 1620-1740 served as a medium for political communication within the Swedish Baltic empire.

Panegyrics printed for weddings, funerals and other occasions occupied a central position in early modern literature, and in Sweden a large number of poems and orations were addressed to the royal persons at dynastic and political events. In previous research these writings have usually been read as manifestations of the regime’s ideology, and... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

The Baltic Germans were an elite group in the Baltic lands for about seven hundred years, until 1919/1939. The first decades of the twentieth century was a period when the Baltic Germans position in society as an elite was challenged and eventually lost. But this challenge also made it possible for Baltic German women to assume a more active role in the public sphere. The main focus of this project is Baltic German women and their women’s movement between 1905 and 1939.

During the investigated period three major events happened that affected the Baltic Germans. In the 1905-... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

The aim of the project is to investigate if, and in that case, how new identity constructions and cosmopolitan, intercultural learning processes contribute to peaceful or hostile ethnic relations in the multicultural, global society from the point of departure of an investigation about young peoples’ values in the Baltic region: The Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden. The main questions are: How are the attitudes to nonviolence/violence influenced by informal as well as formal learning, including learning by means of media and Internet? How can the concepts positive peace and the ne... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Education

The purpose of the project is to contribute to empathy theory by suggesting solutions to three fundamental problems, namely, by what non-theory-based criteria the validity of empathy-based explanations can be assessed, how the notion of empathetic understanding is to be understood, and how such understanding relates to theory-based explanation of action. Empathetic understanding is understood as atheoretical (intuitive),contrastive and perspective-relative, nonmentalistic), and based on agreement as an atheoretical criterion of validity.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History of Ideas

This research project is about migration of highly skilled labour. Empirically focus are om doctors in health care. Doctors represent a seemingly universal profession, sharing a set of competences and a partly similar view on their role as doctors. The aim is to produce knowledge about doctors' occupational cultures by describing and analysing their experiences of work places comprising personnel with different national origin, working side by side. To what degree do the medical education and the professional skills override possible cultural differences? Does the cooperation with immigr... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Ethnology

In the light of the present debate on how to define the concept of political culture, the project Rhetoric and Political Culture aims at scrutinizing the importance and purpose of rhetoric in the early-modernSweden. Rhetoric was extremely important for the Swedish state and the study of it was encouraged by the Government. In the Swedish provinces around theBaltic Sea, different languages were spoken and therefore it was important to maintain an education that promoted linguistic and rhetorical abilities in order to keep the provinces culturally and politically together.

The proj... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
-

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

This research project focuses on Stockholm's municipal politics after 1945.

It has three main themes:

- the city of Stockholm and its surroundings

- political parties

- politics and the organisation of democracy

How has the city of Stockholm acted in relation to its surroundings (neighbouring municipalities, the region, state and EU)? How have parties and politics changed since 1945? How has the city organised its democratic government?

Research is led by Professor Torbjörn Nilsson from the Institute of Contemporary Hi... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
-

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History


Research area for doctoral studies

History

Environmental risks transcend traditional boundaries and raise a need for new governing and

communication strategies. It also challenges the role of knowledge since risk governance often is about

un-known futures. What implications does this have for democracy, policy-making and the role of the

citizen? In this study we wish to analyze the framing of risk issues and how different governance

structures affect conditions for deliberation, communication and knowledge.

The aim of the project is to analyze the framing of environmental risk issues and th... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic region is an empirically based and theoretically driven project in interdisciplinary gender studies that asks how non-heterosexual, or queer, families are made, represented and treated in several nations around the Baltic Sea at the beginning of the 21th century and what this might teach us about the meaning and status of kinship, family making and ideas of the future more broadly. How is (gender) identity, (national) belonging and (cultural) heritage understood, renegotiated and contested through (queer) kinship? What is reproduced in and through reprod... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

In what sense are people religious in the big cities around the Baltic Sea today? Recent research gives clear evidence that people in late modern societies combine seemingly incommensurable religious beliefs and practices in their everyday lives.[1] For instance, people simultaneously define themselves as both Buddhist and Christian, or describe themselves as Muslim whilst still celebrating Christian holidays. Despite of this insight, almost every research project within History of religions defines its material based on traditional denominational borders – researchers study Sunni... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Study of Religions

The 17th century is referred to as the period of high power in Swedish history. It was a time of considerable social mobility. New groups in society rose to positions of power and influence as the Swedish realm expanded around the Baltic Sea.

The expansion of the state gave rise to a shortage of educated employees, civil servants and craftsmen. This led to the emergence of new social structures which made it possible for groups, who had previously been excluded from power, to gain access to positions of social influence. Informal networks were formed, and these served as a replac... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

Environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea is still unable to fully support the implementation of the ecosystem approach to management. Hence, the aims and expected outcomes of RISKGOV are: 1) to improve our understanding of the structures and processes that shape the governance of environmental risks; 2) to suggest a normative framework for improving environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea. These aims will be achieved by integrating social and natural science approaches on five strategically selected environmental risks (eutrophication, overfishing, invasive alien species,... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Political Science

Sociology

Environmental Science

Media and Communication Studies

The project aims to study whether - and how - a shift focus on large scale agriculture to small-scale, environmentally friendly niche production, followed by local refinement to localized and certified quality products (including a focus on building local brands), can help to reverse the negative trend for agriculture - and thus for employment, population, services, etc. - that characterizes large parts of the Swedish countryside, especially in the forest and between districts. This has happened in many parts of Europe in general. By analyzing the situation in Sweden and compare it with... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Forskningsrådet för miljö och areella näringar (Formas)

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Business Studies

Environmental Science

Meal Sciences

(For an introduction to the idea of doxology as a rhetorical theory of knowing – please see go to my personal profile by clicking on my name, just to the right)

In the late 19th century in northern Spain and southern France prehistoric mural paintings and engravings were discovered. Seeing what is there - Doxology as Theory of Knowledge for the Humanities and the Social Sciences inquired into epistemic questions related to images, depicting and perception that this rich and much debated material has given rise to. Focusing respectively on the historical and scienti... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

null

Rhetoric

In the globalized job market of today, businesses are increasingly turning to call service centres located abroad to provide customer support. This project concerns Swedish call centres that have been outsourced from Sweden to Moldavia. The aim is to investigate how telephone calls in Swedish can be managed by these call centres, where the operators have been trained in Swedish at an intensive course, provided by the company. The approach is to compare telephone calls of a similar kind received at a call centre in Sweden. We intend to examine communicative dilemmas in the interaction of... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

Early-Modern Maritime Battlefields in the Baltic Ocean Discovery

Ocean Discovery - photo Ingemar LudgrenIn the summer of 2011, two spectacular new shipwrecks were found in the central Baltic Sea. After years of searching, the well-preserved remains of both "Mars" (1564) and "Svärdet" (1676) were found. Both we... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

MARIS

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

Archaeology

The project deals with Soviet nationalities politics towards Nordic minorities on
the Kola Peninsula. The 1926 census showed that about 20 percent of the
population on the Kola Peninsula has belonged to the Nordic minorities.
According to the 2002 census the Nordic minorities made up only 0.2 percent of
the Kola population. These population losses may reflect Soviet ethnic
cleansings.

The main idea of this project is to apply the conceptual frameworks of genocide
studies for the analysis of the Soviet mass violence. Theoretical model is
based on... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

Whether fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and theory, official ideology, or autobiography, the writing of the Stalinist period (1920-50s) bears in itself traces of a unique corporeality created by wars, terror, famine, and wide-ranging administrative manipulations of the population that deeply penetrated if not constituted the Soviet collective body. In this project, Sandomirskaja is suggesting a new concept for the theoretical reading of the written production of the time, created in the USSR and dedicated to the key problems of Soviet history and society. The idea is to unite in one met... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Intern finansiering

Status

Finished

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Through an investigation relating to the concepts of space, power, and ideology, the project aspires to determine central aspects of what a critical theory of architecture and the visual arts could mean today. This comprises a genealogy of the philosophical condition for critical theory today, which must transcend the parameters defined by the classical Frankfurt School, in order to understand contemporary artistic practices. Central problem facing such a theory relate to the status of affectivity and resistance, in a society that has been defined as a “society of control” (D... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Philosophy

Art History

Aesthetics

For further information see the project's >blog<.

The Baltic and the Mediterranean are focal areas of regional imagination that have been affected by the ‘new geography’ after the end of the Cold War. The project Spaces of Expectation analyses the meaning attached to the Baltic and the Mediterranean in selected case studies, investigates the mental maps correlated to historical representation, compares the imagination of the two regions, and studies their entanglement. The aim is an improved understanding o... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

Political Science

The transition to market economy has had many consequences to East German companies. The productivity of the former DDR was substantially lower than that of the West. At the time of the reunification, the companies of Eastern Germany were not competitive, due to high production cost. West German wage levels and working conditions, and the West German institutional model called Model Germany, was transferred to Eastern Germany at the time of reunification (Wiesenthal 2003). The cost of production rose in East German companies after unification.

The companies of the former DDR face... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

Business Studies

This research project explores leader-media relations – mainly interactions between prime ministers (and their communication aides) and journalists – in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. More specifically, the project addresses three scholarly and related themes: (1) the ‘presidentialization’ of politics; (2) the ‘personalization’ of politics; and (3) the ‘mediatization’ of politics. It also addresses themes within journalism studies such as journalism in differen... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

The point of the multidisciplinary TRATEBBB research project is to investigate the politics, didactics, ideas, and spatial setting of religious (and by extension civic) education in the Baltic-Barent area. Four sites are included in the project, each studying religious and civic education in a pair of twin cities/municipalities across four state borders. These four liminal sites (and eight local cases) are: Kirkenes-Zapolyarnyi, Imatra-Svetogorsk, Valga-Valka, and Ahlbeck/Heringsdorf-Swinoujscie. The project thus operates empirically in seven countries: Norway, Russia, Finland, Estonia,... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Political Science

Geography

Study of Religions

Teacher Education

The project, which has been running primarily during the period 2007-2010, relates to an international discussion within contemporary continental cultural theory, aesthetics, and philosophy. It connects to a
ongoing debate concerning how we should interpret the rapid technologisation of the human life-world during the last century, and in particular how it has contributed to changing the self-understanding of humanity and in its relation to nature. The idea was to explore the task that was formulated within phenomenology and critical theory during the first half of the 20th century,... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

Voluntary famine relief has saved innumerable lives over the past two centuries and exemplifies the practical workings of what current discourse calls global civil society. This project addresses contemporary discussions on NGOs and global civil society, correlating their topical issues, for historical analysis, in the concept of ‘moral economy’. Four studies of representative cases highlight distinct periods of transnational humanitarianism: the Irish potato famine 1845–1851 shows how early civil society worked across borders; the Soviet famine of 1921–1922 illus... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

The project, which was carried out 2006 - 2010, studied the process and effects of the communications revolution in the Baltic region during the long 17th century. Its focus was the origin of a postal system in Sweden and in the Swedish provinces on the other side of the Baltic Sea, the postal system as a communications system, and postmasters who became communications experts who were not only responsible for post and news distribution, but also financial transactions. A small part of the project focused on the users and how various communication channels were used to spread news of pol... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

The body as gift, resource and commodity: Organ transplantation in the Baltic region

Running: 2008-2011

The purpose of the project is to examine from a multidisciplinary basis a medical technology in a state of rapid change: organ transplantation. From perspectives in ethnology, the history of ideas, and philosophy, individuals’ and society’s views on the body in the case of organ transplantation are studied – how norms and values regarding the body are engendered and have consequences for the way the activity of transplantation is organised. The ambitio... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Studies in Practical Knowledge

The overall purpose of the project is to investigate the emergence and further development of the Russian financial markets' institutional structure between 1990 and 2008 and how this development was influenced by informal practices applied by economic actors. The project will be based on empirical investigations by applying interdisciplinary methods of economic history and sociology. Douglass North's institutional theory and the Russian-British sociologist Alena Ledeneva's concept of informal practices will underpin the research methodology of the project.

The following research... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Research area for doctoral studies

The aim of the project is to study the development of the bourgeoisie in urban centres around the Baltic Sea during ’the long 19th century’ (1789–1914).

The transformation of the bourgeoisie, from the enfranchised burgesses within a society of estates, through the ‘middling orders’ or Mittelstand, to the more elusive middle classes, will be studied from a centre–periphery-perspective, with an established centre – Germany – related to the border areas of Sweden, Finland and the Baltic area.

A starting point for the project is... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

The Domestic Paradox: A comparative study of representations of home and family life in art cutting through an east west divide For Walter Benjamin the home at the beginning of the 20th Century was like a universe for the private citizen. To represent the home was not just à la mode but domestic interiors became metaphors for bourgeois identity. Ellen Key’s 1899 treatise ‘Beauty in the Home’ connects moral aspects of family life and childrearing with domestic aesthetic choices. The paradox in art history of the home in avant-garde art and architecture has been re... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Art History

The Baltic region plays no prominent role in standard works on the history of European universities. This project will thus fill an important gap by focusing on the universities around the Baltic Sea in the period 1600-1800.

The empirical material will, to a large extent, consist of dissertations, orations and lectures, occasional poetry, letters and records and reports of the academic proceedings that will be analysed in order to give us a better understanding of the academic culture.

The research will deal with very different issues – e.g. official rules and acade... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Rhetoric

English summary:

Linguistic choices play an important role in how we identify and classify each other and ourselves, i.e. we speak and refer to each other by using linguistic categories. In this project we want to examine how pejorative language use is perceived, what classifies as pejoratives, how this is construed and in other ways contextualized. We intend to compare attitudes to pejoratives and their actual use Germany and Sweden, two countries with quite different general approaches to discrimination and discourses regarding for example racism.

To speak badly of a gr... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

The main result of the research program is this book:

Bengt Jacobsson (ed), 2011, The European Union and the Baltic States. Changing forms of governance. London: Routledge.

This book explores how the Baltic States have adapted to, and been embedded in, a wider European environment and how they have become modern European states. It focuses on changes in the policies, politics and administrative practices that have taken place after 1991 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and on the influence of rules and ideas in the European Union.

The authors investigate the meet... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

The Academy of Public Administration


Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Business Studies

Political Science

Sociology

Ghost ship. Photo: Johan RönnbyA shipwreck lies in compact darkness, 125 metres down on the seafloor in the middle of the Baltic Sea. It is almost completely intact, even though it sank almost 400 years ago.

In 2003, Deep Sea Productions and MMT (Marin Mätteknik) discovered an exceptionally well-preserved shipwreck about 30 nautical miles east of the island of Gotska Sand&... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Finished

MARIS

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Archaeology

The project is dedicated to the work by Ol'ga Skorokhova (1911--1982), "the Soviet Helen Keller": a deaf-blind author and scholar, a representative of the Soviet school of "defectology" (a Stalinist version of special education and disability studies). Sandomirskaja is reading her autobiographical fragments trying to understand Skorokhodova's experience in inventing techniques of perception and communication in the absence of vision, hearing, and language (a condition comparable to what Walter Benjamin called "mere life", and Giorgio Agamben analyzed politically as "bare life"). Sandomir... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes


Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

The Idea of the “Good” Public Employer

This project aims at an institutional analysis of the emergence and transformation of “the Public Employer” in terms of ideas and their practical implementation - how the local and central Swedish state organised welfare services. The study covers the liberal changes in the 19-th century, the democratic breakthrough in the 1920s and the post-war expansion of the welfare state. The study hence focus on the conditions for ongoing transformations of welfare services especially concerning the infrastructural role and orga... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap (FAS)

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History

Sociology

The aim of the project is to analyze and evaluate the role of the City of Szczecin in relation to the theoretical hinterland of Eastern Vorpommern (Germany) and Western Pomorze (Poland) with special reference to the impact of the state boundary before and after Poland’s entry into the European Union and its possible entry into the Schengen regime. We will try to find the factors that explain developments on different levels. Each factor can be the subject of a major study within the project (a post-doc monograph or a dissertation theme)

a) The importance of super-national d... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

The purpose of this research program is to create a historical overview of Sweden's democratic and political project of gender equality, a project that has developed over more than thirty years. As yet, we do not have such an outline - either in terms of a firm body of knowledge on the subject, that is, the activities, people involved, and means employed; or in terms of how equality is interpreted and implemented within various organisations.

This does not, of course, mean that we are totally ignorant on these subjects. There exist numerous studies on them; but these provide know... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

The Institute of Contemporary History


Research area for doctoral studies

Business Studies

Gender Studies

History

Sociology

The research project “The Labour Movement in the Baltic Sea Region (Arioso)” has been working as a

close-nit research environment at Södertörn University since 1997. In different constellations but with a

constant inner circle the project has since then systematically tackled its main focus: To understand the

general outlines of the social development in the Baltic Sea region during “the short 20th century” by

focusing on the two branches of the labour movement, social democracy and communism and their

endeavour to... (Read more)

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Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

History

Aim, research questions, and method

The notion of sustainable development is usually divided into an economic, environmental, and social (or socio-cultural) pillar or dimension, implying that a practice cannot be fully sustainable without the integration and achievement of all these dimensions. Synergies among them cannot be taken-for-granted, however. As recent research indicated trade-offs and conflicts among them, our research team aimed at highlighting the challenges experienced in various sustainability projects to integrate these dimensions, and particularly by focusing the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Forskningsrådet för miljö och areella näringar (Formas)

Status

Finished

The Institute of Contemporary History


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Political Science

Sociology

Environmental Science

The myth of “Judeo-Bolshevism”, i.e. the idea that the Russian Revolution and communism were expressions of the Jewish spirit and a desire for power, was an important factor in the ideological and political life of the interwar period in the Baltic region.

The purpose of this research is to illuminate to what extent – and how – Bolshevism and Judaism were interconnected in Swedish politics and the public sphere during the years after the Russian Revolution and World War I. The project also covers how this interconnection was carried into t... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History

When and where did political and moral philosophy, in the sense of systematic inquiry into the normative foundations of society, originate? When asking about the beginnings of a phenomenon, we always presuppose some sort of understanding of this phenomenon - however vague and rudimentary this understanding may be. In that sense, this project is not only historical but systematic as well: it will argue for a certain understanding of political and moral philosophy and search for the traces of its earliest developments. It is often assumed that the history of political philosophy begins wit... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Philosophy

The over-all aim of the project is to study cultural identity discourses in Polish exile literature after 1945 using M. Foucault’s discourse theory and a post-colonial perspective on cultural identity (S. Hall, F. Fanon, H. Bhabha). The project will examine the Polish identity discourses by analysing Polish exile writers’ and essayists’ attitudes to the formative events of post-war Europe (among them the cultural crisis, the rebuilding of a unified Western Europe, the consolidation of the Eastern bloc, the “cold war”). The project will also analyse the cultu... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

The Roma Genocide in Ukraine 1941-44: History, memories and representations

The project adresses the nature of the Nazi policy towards Roma in Ukraine during the WWII, its implementation, and the numbers of murdered Roma; the mechanics of the memory work among the group and the impact of the state (Ukrainian Soviet Republic and post-1991 Ukraine) commemoration policies on the historical memory of the genocide among the general public and the Roma.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History

The purpose of the project is to study the new security situation in the Baltic Sea region during the interwar period. The main focus is on small states, where the military was one of the prime tools in transmitting of ideas. Previous research has mainly dealt with the bipolar world during the Cold War, while the multipolar system during the interwar period is unexplored.

Central to the study is the build up of military potential, or the transition of the national armed forces in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Poland, but the entire Baltic Sea region is of interest. Our focus is on... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

The Institute of Contemporary History

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

History

The German speaking author and playwright Peter Weiss (1916-82), who lived and died in exile in Sweden, achieved late recognition West Germany for his modernist prose (1959-62). Following this, he achieved his international breakthrough with the innovative drama Marat/Sade (1964) and the ambitious novel trilogy, Ästhetik des Widerstands (1975-81), which synthesises the political and aesthetic currents of the 20th century in the antifascist resistance movement. However, Peter Weiss’ innovative Modernist idiom can be traced back to the works and texts he wrote in Swedish in the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Comparative Literature

The overall purpose of this research project is to focus, in an interdisciplinary perspective, on the history and current status of crucian carp, Carassius carassius (L.), in the Baltic Sea region, and to evaluate the species´ future potential in aquaculture on a local basis. It is very likely that the escalating problems in world fisheries and aquaculture based on predatory fish will result in increasing interest in omnivorous and herbivore species. The project is composed of three closely interlinked parts. One part is based on the history of the crucian carp in human us... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Biology

Geography

Environmental Science

The EU Structural Funds belong to the most tangible aspects of Europeanisation and are of vital importance for the new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe. These countries are also good instances of a more general topic concerning state development: whereas some states tend to mobilise economic resources internally, other states tend to gather a larger share of their resources externally.

The basic thrust of this short, yet concentrated, study is to follow the flow of the Structural Funds through the state apparatuses in a small selection of countries within the region... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Finished

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Drawing of Baltic Shipwreck by Jon AdamsThe Baltic Sea is one of the best locations in the world for ship archaeology. One reason for this is because the majority of organisms that normally consume wood in the oceans are absent from this cold and brackish sea, including the infamous shipworm, Terredo navalis. The hulls of wooden wrecks therefore can stay in one piece, with... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Finished

MARIS

Historical and Contemporary Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Archaeology

The aim of this project is to evaluate the degree to which the concepts, arguments, and tropes of Eurasianism have penetrated across public and political life in Russia today. Originally formulated by Russian émigré nationalists in the 1920s and 1930s, Eurasianism represented an entirely new vision of Russia as Russia-Eurasia: a distinct and autonomous historical world stretching from Russia's western borderlands east to the Pacific. Beginning in the late 1980s, these old doctrines were rediscovered and began to be resurrected. They were appealing because they offered a com... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

The aim of this study is to describe the role of the second wave of the feminist movement in Sweden in feminist language planning.

The women's movement has radically changed society on many different levels. But how has it affected language? This study focuses on the 1970’s, a decade when books like Robin Lakoff’s Language and woman's place argued that language was part of women's oppression. In the U.S. and Germany the issue of sexist language led to heated discussions (Pauwels 1998), and guidelines (e.g. Miller & Swift 1980) on non-sexist language were published... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Erik Wellanders fond

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Swedish

In spring 1961 the Soviet Union broadcast live images through the Iron Curtain for the first time in history. The broadcasts suggested a possible future of television as an integral part of a symbolic struggle where images could travel without regard to national borders and political landscapes. In hindsight these broadcasts have earned a minor role in the history of transnational television, clearly overshadowed by the introduction of US satellite television a few years later. With this in mind the aim of the project is to understand how early Soviet transnational broadcasts at he heigh... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

Time, Memory and Representation is a research program that gathers 25 scholars from 14 different disciplines, for a joint exploration and development of recent transformations in historical consciousness, and its implications for the human and historical sciences. The program is funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Donation). It is organized from Södertörn University, but researchers are recruited from all six major universities in Sweden (Uppsala, Lund, Stockholm, Göteborg, Linköping, and Umeå). Further, an international board of... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Gender Studies

Comparative Literature

Philosophy

Media and Communication Studies

Art History

This project explores three temporal forms used by television for historical representation: the time of the chronicle, which organizes successive flows of time through documentaries, drama series, annual chronicles; the time of catastrophe, as in live broadcasts of traumatic events where history is represented as catastrophe, crisis, disaster, as a break in the flow of time; the time of ritual, as in the televised, pre-planned ceremonial events (Olympic games, presidential inaugurations) that invite audiences to witness history in the making. Its main hypothes... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

In this age of globalization, all cultures may seem connected with one another. The question what is to be considered "original" and what is to be regarded as a translation may no longer seem relevant. All cultures are continuosly being transformed through an ongoing process of translation.

Rather than considering the question of translation as an inevitable process, however, we may take issue with it. What is translation? Are there limits to translatability? What kind of resistances to translatability way we encounter? Walter Benjamin, in his famous essay, “The Task of the... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
KK-stiftelsen

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Aesthetics

The Baltic Sea is today one of earth's most endangered semi enclosed seas as a result of increased anthropogenic pressure manifested in e.g. eutrophication, overfishing, biodiversity loss, toxic pollutants and alien species. Eutrophication which causes hypoxia (very low oxygen concentration) in bottom waters is considered globally one of the most severe threats to marine ecosystems. More than 20 % of all identified hypoxic sites worldwide is recorded in the Baltic Sea coastal zone. In the open Baltic Sea, hypoxic events are recorded during three time periods (about 8000-4000 years ago kn... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

CBEES

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

Geography

Environmental Science

Against the background of significant shifts in media production over the past decades, the aim with the project is to analyse how economic and aesthetic or cultural value is created in relation to new forms of production. With the main example taken from television production, web news production, music distribution and online gaming, this project aims at developing a theoretical model of how value is produced in the larger field of media production, and how the new forms of value production can be related to changes in that same field over the last couple of decades.

Especially... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Status

Finished

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The aim of this project is to study online virtual world Second Life as an everyday culture. Studies of virtual worlds have often tended to focus on the imaginary or boundary-breaking elements of Internet culture. This project, though, examines the way that everyday life is constructed and communicated within Second Life; looking at how time, space, routines and normality are established within the virtual world. By approaching the research through phenomenological and anthropological theories of everyday life, the project will enlarge our understanding of everyday life in modern society... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Vetenskapsrådet

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies

The aim of the project, as described in the application to Vinnova in the spring of 2002, has been to "study the conditions of human and technological development in a virtual community". Or: how we appropriate digital technology and its potential.

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

No
Verket för innovationssystems (VINNOVA)

Status

Finished

Research area for doctoral studies

The project is dedicated to the siege of Leningrad, a detailed reading of memoirs by the author and literary scholar Lidiia Ginzburg (1902-1990) who not only survived the siege but also attempted to understand the human condition of the siege theoretically, from the point of view of a writing subject. By positioning the writing subject in the centre of a cultural context evolving amidst mass extermination in wars, terror, and total mobilization, Ginzburg not only expressed the historical situation of the Soviet intelligentsia, but also suggested some keys to the interpretation of the 20t... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Intern finansiering

Status

Started

CBEES


Research area for doctoral studies

The project aims to update and critically (re-)assess the legacy of the semiotician and literary scholar Yuri Lotman in the context of the study of cognition. One of the most interesting and yet to be explored areas of Lotman’s multifaceted legacy was his study of culture as an intrinsic component of human consciousness. In his early structuralist as well as in his latest works on literature, art and culture, Lotman has consistently applied such concepts as (individual and collective) consciousness, memory, and intellect; modeling mechanism (that characterizes individual consciousn... (Read more)

Project ManagerFinancierSchool/CentreSubject

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Yes
Östersjöstiftelsen

Status

Started

Culture and Education


Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Media and Communication Studies