The Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge gathers scholars from different fields and disciplines. In terms of chronology, our research spans the sixteenth century up to the present, covering a large number of themes. Hence, the Centre plays an integrating role. Our activities also seek to open up and explore new research areas. This generative potential is reflected in the large number of new projects and partnerships having emerged in recent years.
The research on the early modern era mainly focuses on religious and practical knowledge. Kajsa Weber studies the Reformation, Anna Nilsson Hammar explores the noble household and Erik Bodensten analyses crop failure disasters. In 2021, we will be joined by Lisa Hellman, currently working on the circulation of knowledge from a global history perspective. Together, these scholars illustrate how history of knowledge perspectives may enrich research on the early modern era.
Another cluster of scholars focus on the postwar era. Johan Östling heads a project on humanities in the public sphere, a project also including Anton Jansson and Ragni Svensson. In a number of projects, David Larsson Heidenblad and Björn Lundberg study environmental awareness and economic knowledge. Martin Ericsson studies the activities of the Swedish State Institute for Racial Biology during its later years. What these scholars have in common is a focus on how knowledge circulated in society.
In addition, a number of doctoral projects related to the history of knowledge are currently being carried out. Lise Groesmeyer studies German social scientists in British exile, Karl Haikola analyses the Swedish Secretariat for Future Studies, Anton Öhman focuses on testimonies related to nuclear testing, Trine Outzen investigates pietism and medicine and Evelina Kallträsk examines young entrepreneurs.
A number of additional scholars are also affiliated with LUCK. This means that, despite not working at the Department of History in Lund, they frequently participate in our regular activities. These scholars include Isak Hammar (history, Stockholm University), Victoria Höög (history of ideas and sciences, Lund University), Maria Simonsen (history, Aalborg University) and Laura Skouvig (information history, University of Copenhagen).