. What I particularly want to consider here is the history-of-knowledge approach.
How does my study contribute to defining and developing the historyofknowledge as a
research field? What more general insights and perspectives can historians of knowledge draw
Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to look beyond the
present study. Does the historical narrative I have written have any significance for us
today? Does the breakthrough of environmental issues in the years around 1970 make any
This book tells the story of how modern environmentalism emerged in postwar Sweden. It shows that the ‘environmental turn’ in Sweden occurred as early as the autumn of 1967 and that natural scientists led the way. The most influential was the chemist Hans Palmstierna, who was both an active Social Democrat and a regular contributor to the nation’s leading morning paper. Thus, he had a unique platform from which to exert influence. Drawing on his rich and previously untapped personal archive, the book explores how popular environmental engagement developed in Sweden. The book also highlights the journalist Barbro Soller, who in the mid-1960s became Sweden’s – and indeed one of the world’s – first environmental journalists. Moreover, it demonstrates how the pioneering historian Birgitta Odén, in collaboration with the Swedish National Defence Research Institute, sought to launch an interdisciplinary research programme based in the humanities and the social sciences as early as 1967–1968. An important conclusion of the book is that environmentalism emerged in Swedish society before there was an actual environmental movement. However, from 1969 onwards new social movements began to alter the dynamics. Hence, by the time the United Nations arranged the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972, environmental knowledge had become a source of conflict between rival interests. The environmental turn in postwar Sweden is the first full-length study to emerge from the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK), and demonstrates how its specific take on the history of knowledge enhances historical scholarship.
seizes on and seeks to develop the new research field concerned with the historyofknowledge. This field has emerged during the 2000s and brings together researchers from
various historical specialities. In the early 2000s, the discussions were mainly conducted in
German-speaking Europe around the concept of Wissensgeschichte . 7 Around 2015, however, international interest began to grow,
not least in the Nordic countries. At that time Johan Östling
launched the equivalent Swedish term, ‘kunskapshistoria’, and the
Universitätsgeschichte’; Paletschek, ‘Stand und
Perspektiven’; Paletschek, ‘The Writing of University History’; Rohstock, ‘The
History of Higher Education’; Johan Östling, ‘Universitetshistoria: Friska
vindar över gammalt fält’, Respons, 2015:2.
The history of the university
too many potential insights to be left to collectors of anecdotes and
writers of chronicles. For this reason, I will present a framework
drawn from intellectual history and the historyofknowledge which
may provide university history with relevant themes and methods.
University history as intellectual
relate the transformation
of contemporary academic culture to greater dislocations? And how
are we to understand the place of the Humboldtian tradition in
modern German history as a whole? It is time to return to the
basic issues, assemble the insights of the investigation, and expand
the field of vision.
The Humboldtian tradition’s intellectual history and
Throughout the entire modern era, the battles over the university
formed part of larger cultural and social issues. Sometimes the
conflicts were an aspect of something broader; at other times
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
unexpected connections, transfers and parallels between fields that are too often studied in
isolation from one other. In doing so, the volume encourages historians of sociology,
historians of theology and historians of political thought to transcend their disciplinary
boundaries and work together towards a rapprochement between the social sciences and the
humanities (including philosophy and theology). 49 Some chapters even show affinity with historyofknowledge approaches as
advocated by Lorraine Daston and others
: 120; on colonial archives see Arondekar 2005). One way
of exploring such a history is through law, and the way the law builds
and collapses subjectivities, relations and bodies across time and space
(Dayan 2011). An example of this is examining how colonial ordinances
and acts of parliaments circulate across imperial space and how the
law today builds and resurrects this architecture. Such an approach
underpins much of the archival work in this book.
This is not solely a historyofknowledge but also of practice. I trace
(New York: Penguin, 2011); Harriet Eaton, This
Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton, ed.
Jane E. Schultz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010); Jane E. Schultz,
Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America (Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
3 Patricia D’Antonio, American Nursing: A HistoryofKnowledge, Authority, and
the Meaning of Work (Baltimore: John’s Hopkins University Press, 2010).
4 Midori Yamaguchi states that Luard’s given names were Katherine Evelyn, in
that order. Her pen-name, for
Sweden and the lesser powers in the long eighteenth century
’histoire Nordique – Nordic Historical Review 14.1 (2012), 39–62;
Patrik Winton, ‘Sweden and the Seven Years War, 1757–1762: War, Debt
and Politics’, War in History 19.1 (2012), 5–31; Peter Lindström and
Svante Norrhem, Flattering Alliances: Scandinavia, Diplomacy, and the
Austrian–French Balance of Power, 1646–1740 (Lund: Nordic Academic
Press, 2013); Erik Bodensten, ‘Political Knowledge in Public Circulation:
The Case of Subsidies in Eighteenth-century Sweden’, in Circulation of
Knowledge: Explorations into the HistoryofKnowledge, ed. by Johan
Östling, Erling Sandmo, David