Research in Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies looks at the conditions and expressions of human culture from a cross- and multidisciplinary perspective.
Research is primarily tied to KuFo (the Research Group for Culture Studies), which is one of Karlstad University’s prioritised research environments and which has been validated numerous times as a strong research group by international experts. KuFo functions as a platform for culturally oriented humanities where the researchers share a common interest in the historical and geographical dimensions and management of society’s cultural discourses.
The members of the group have diverse research interests but share a common interest in the connection between culture, society, ideology and medicine. Several of the researchers also share a more specific and overlapping interest in critical cultural heritage studies, in particular in relation to the cultural history of psychiatry and the cultural, philosophical and historical conditions of suicide prevention.
- Margareta Wallin Wictorin: Aesthetic, cultural sociological, postcolonial, feminist and intercultural perspectives on art and visual culture, with a focus on modernism, contemporary art and visual storytelling.
- Kristian Petrov: Globalisation, environmental issues and human rights from the perspectives of cultural studies and conceptual history; analyses of narrativity and myth in the encounter between art and science; historical and philosophical implications in areas such as contemporary popular culture, mental illness, suicide, controversies related to nutrition, and the use of media in the digital age.
- Hedvig Mårdh: Cultural heritage processes and the staging of cultural heritage in different media, such as film, theater and museums. Public art in former psychiatric hospitals, as well as sustainability perspectives in urban transformations.
- Patrik Möller: Culture and health; cultural and scientific studies; ideology and narrativity; the ideological and cultural history of psychiatry and suicide prevention; the agnotology of political theory and cultural policy.
- My Klockar Linder: Studies in the cultural and conceptual history of the welfare state based on theories of governmentality; the formation of concepts and policy areas in general and Swedish post-war cultural policy in particular; population policy and pronatalism.
CURRENT OR RECENTLY COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
”Första klass: Kunskapsbildning och humanitet vid S:t Jörgens sjukhus under 1900-talet”, the Anna Ahrenberg Foundation (2018–2022).
For the latest scientific publications in Cultural Studies, please see the individual research profiles where you will find links to the publication database DiVA:
The teachers in Cultural Studies are active within, for example, the History of Political and Social Concepts Group (HPSCG); Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS); International Society for Intermedial Studies; GEXcel – International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies; Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry; the Network for Suicide Researchers and Regional Suicide Prevention Coordinators; Nordic Network for Comics Research; Medicinhistoriskt nätverk (Network for the History of Medicine); Lärdomshistoriska samfundet (Community for the History of Ideas); Nätverket för politisk idéhistoria (Network for the Political History of Ideas).
For more information about the subject faculty’s collaboration and outreach activities with other researchers and the surrounding community, please go to Collaboration and Outreach in Cultural Studies: