Swedish Memory Studies Network


The Swedish Memory Studies Network coordinates research activities in the field of memory studies at Stockholm University, Linköping University, and Södertörn University. At Stockholm University the network is represented by the programme “Existential Terrains: Memory and Meaning in Cultures of Connectivity” (2014-2018), headed by associate professor and Wallenberg Academy Fellow Amanda Lagerkvist in the Department of Media Studies. The project examines the basic issues and big questions of our digital existence with a particular focus on death online, posthumous memory practices, and the digital afterlife. Cultural memory studies has been established at the Department of Culture and Communication at Linköping University since 2009 through the organization of symposia and seminars, and it is an important field of research within the interdisciplinary environment of Tema Q/Culture Studies. At Södertörn University the network is represented by members of the “Time, Memory, and Representation” research programme (Hans Ruin, Kristina Fjelkestam, and Markus Huss). “Time, Memory, and Representation” gathers 25 scholars from 14 different disciplines and all six major Swedish universities for the joint exploration and further development of recent transformations in historical consciousness and its implications for the human and historical sciences.



Kristina Fjelkestam is Professor in Gender Studies at the the Department of Etnhology, Religion and Gender (ERG) at Stockholm University. She is a participating scholar in the research project “Time, Memory, and Representation.” Her most recent book is Det sublimas politik: Emancipatorisk estetik i 1800-talets konstnärsromaner (2010). Forthcoming in 2012 is Ta tanke: feminism, materialism och historiseringens praktik.

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Amanda Lagerkvist is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies, and Wallenberg Academy Fellow in the Department of Media Studies, Section of Journalism, Media, and Communication, at Stockholm University. She is the author of Media and Memory in New Shanghai: Western Performances of Futures Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is currently setting up a research programme at Stockholm University, financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which launches an existential approach to digitalization with a particular focus on death, memory, and mourning through studies on remembering the dead online, narrating and archiving the networked self, and managing the digital afterlife.

Jesper Olsson is LiU Researcher and Swedish Academy Researcher in the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK) at Linköping University. His most recent book is Remanens. Bandspelaren som re-pro-du-dak-tionsteknologi (2011), and he is a co-editor of Media and Materiality in the Neo-Avant-Garde (forthcoming 2011). Currently he is finishing a study on the tape recorder as an aesthetic technology and is engaged in establishing a research group on Literature, Media Histories, and Information Cultures at the Department of Culture and Communication.

Hans Ruin teaches philosophy at Södertörn University College, where he leads the multidisciplinary six-year research programme “Time, Memory and Representation.” His research interests include phenomenology, hermeneutics, Nietzsche, modern French thought, and ancient philosophy. His latest books are jointly edited volumes titled Ambiguity of the Sacred: Phenomenology, Politics, Aesthetics (with J. Bornemark, 2012); Fenomenologi, Teknik, Medialitet (with L. Dahlberg, 2011); and Rethinking Time: Essays on History, Memory, and Representation (with A. Ers, 2011).


Stockholm University is one of the largest universities in Sweden with over 60,000 students and 6,000 employees. Its Faculty of Humanities is the largest in the country, and consists of some twenty different departments.

Linköping University is a university in the south-east part of Sweden with around 27,000 students. It is renowned for its long tradition of interdisciplinary studies and research.

Södertörn University is located in southern Stockholm, and currently has 13,000 enrolled students. Its keywords are multidisciplinary, multicultural, and civic education.