Person

Johan Östling

Senior Lecturer

  • History
  • Department of History

Contact information

E-mail johan.ostlinghist.luse

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

I am an Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Director of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK). My research is mainly devoted to the history of knowledge, but I have a more general interest in the intellectual, political and cultural history of modern Europe.

My doctoral thesis, published in English in 2016, dealt with Swedish experiences of Nazism in the wake of Second World War. My second monograph, Humboldt and the Modern German University, was released in 2018.

Since the mid-2010s, I have in close co-operation with my colleagues developed the history of knowledge as a scholarly field. We have created a research environment in Lund and published Circulation of Knowledge, Forms of Knowledge and Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia.

As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, I investigate together with two postdoctoral researchers how knowledge circulated in postwar Sweden and West Germany.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

I am an Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Wallenberg Academy Fellow and since 2020 Director of the newly established Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK).

My research is mainly devoted to the history of knowledge, but I have a more general interest in the intellectual, political and cultural history of modern Europe, including the history of the university, historiography and biography.

After having studied and carried out research at the universities of Gothenburg, Uppsala, Sussex, Tübingen and Berlin, I defended my doctoral thesis about Swedish experiences of Nazism in the wake of Second World War at Lund University in 2008. My dissertation was awarded several prizes, including the Clio Prize and the Nils Klim Prize. In 2016 a revised English translation was published by Berghahn Books, Sweden After Nazism: Politics and Culture in the Wake of the Second World War.

My main postdoctoral project was devoted to the Humboldtian tradition in modern Germany, not least when I, as a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin (2013–2014). My research resulted in my second monograph, published in English in 2018 as Humboldt and the Modern German University: An Intellectual History (Lund University Press/Manchester University Press).

In recent years I have in close co-operation with my colleagues been engaged in establishing the history of knowledge in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic countries. We have created a research environment at Lund (see https://newhistoryofknowledge.com/) and our first joint book was published in 2018, Circulation of Knowledge, and our second volume in 2020, Forms of Knowledge.

In 2019 I took up a position as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. Together with two postdoctoral researchers I will in the years to come investigate how knowledge in the humanities was reshaped and changed as it moved and circulated in the postwar society.

 

Books (4)

Editorships (6)

Articles (17)

Book chapters (33)

Reports (3)

Reviews (48)

Articles in specialist publications and popular press (16)

Newspaper articles (35)

Miscellaneous (1)

Supervision at Lund University (1)

Administrative

  • Member, Forskningsnämnden, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Other tasks and qualifications

Lund University

Director, Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK), 2020–.

Member of the Electoral College, representing the teaching staff, 2018–.

Member of the research board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, 2021–.

Member of the board of the Centre for European Studies, 2021–.

Member of the recruitment committee for vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor, Lund University, 2019–2020.

Member of the board, Department of History, 2018–.

Acting Head of Department, Department of History, 2016–2019.

Elected member of Vetenskapssocieteten, Lund, 2016.

Other academic assignments and duties

Editor of History of Intellectual Culture: International Yearbook of Knowledge and Society (published by De Gruyter), 2021–.

Member of the review panel of the Kerstin Hesselgren and Olof Palme visiting professorships, Swedish Research Council, 2021–.

Member of advisory board of the book series ”Studies in the History of Knowledge”, Amsterdam University Press, 2020–.

Member of editorial review board of the book series ”Global Epistemics”, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019–.

Associate member, Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2018–.

Outreach, public engagement etc.

Chair of the Clio Prize Committee, 2013–2017.

Member of the editorial board of the journal Respons, 2012–.

Johan Östling

Senior Lecturer

  • History
  • Department of History

Contact information

E-mail johan.ostlinghist.luse

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30