Person

Ulrika Holgersson

Head of Department, Human Resources Manager

  • Department of Communication and Media

Reader

  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Senior Lecturer

  • Journalism
  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail ulrika.holgerssonkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 42 98

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

In my research I use different media, for example popular and daily press, newsreels and feature films, to explore the spirit of the times in Swedish 20th century society, specially highlighting negotiations of gender and class and thereby the historical conditions of the formation of democracy and egalitarianism. I am interested in the ways different media express experiences and identities, partake in the construction of events and historical participation, and are used for political formation in different eras.

Within the project In Light of the Dead. Constructions of National Identities at Public Funerals in the Shape of Media Events in Sweden, 1901–2003 I explore how democracy and monarchy have been mediated in the narrations of the Swedish welfare state.

I am an associate professor in history and a senior lecturer in media history and journalism. Since 1 January 2021 I am head of the Department of Media and Communication.

Photo: Annelie Drakman

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

I am an associate professor in history and a senior lecturer in media history and journalism.

In my research I use different media, for example popular and daily press, newsreels and feature films, to explore the spirit of the times in Swedish 20th century society, especially highlighting negotiations of gender and class and thereby the historical conditions of the formation of democracy and egalitarianism. I am especially interested in the ways that different media express experiences and identities, partake in the construction of events and historical participation, and are used for political formation in different eras.

In my doctoral thesis Popular Culture and Classification. The Discourses of Work, Class, and Gender in Swedish Women’s Magazines at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (in Swedish, 2005), I analyse discourses of class, the thought structures that governed people's perceptions of themselves and others, as well as the struggles for different representations. A basic result is that the "working-class woman" was not only seen in a negative sense as "the other", but also as a role model for the women who were better off. A small sub-survey deals with the editorial work at Svensk Damtidning (The Swedish Ladies’ Magazine) at the beginning of the last century.

In the project (financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) and monograph The Servant Maid and the Feature Film. Stars of the Swedish “People’s Home” of the 1930s and 40s (in Swedish, 2017) I examine how the maid figure in Swedish feature films worked as a vehicle for negotiations of the so-called servant question, as well as the moral and ideological foundations of the Swedish “People’s Home”. The book also serves as an instructive example of how history can be written with feature films as source material.

In another project (funded by the Swedish Research Council), In Light of the Dead. Constructions of National Identities at Public Funerals in the Shape of Media Events in Sweden, 1901–2003 I examine how democracy and monarchy have been reconciled in the Swedish national narrative. A number of articles (2008; 2018 and forthcoming) focus on various themes such as the creation of memories of the leaders of the labour movement, the social-democratic press’ relationship to the royalties, the influence of famous Swedish women on national identity and unity, and journalism’s role in the shaping of media events before the introduction of broadcasting.

A unifying feature of my research is a theoretical interest in how the linguistic turn can be related to the concepts of class and gender. In the monograph Class. Feminist and Cultural Perspectives (Routledge 2016, reworking of a Swedish edition from 2011) I synthesize different discussions and call for a renewal of the class concept. Furthermore, in the article "Herstory revisited" (2011), as well as in a forthcoming work (2021), I examine how women's history can be written in the aftermath of poststructuralism. Specifically, I have applied these thoughts in a study of the history of women in the city of Lund (2012).

I have also edited several volumes: between 2009 and 2012 as the main editor of the scientific journal Scandia; and more recently, together with Lena Wängnerud, as the editor of the Riksbankens Jubilieumsfond’s and the Swedish Parliament’s research anthology commemorating the 100-year-jubilee of the introduction of general suffrage in Sweden, The Century of Suffrage. The Battle, Development and Future of Democracy in Sweden (in Swedish, 2018). Here, my own contribution is a study of the media history of the Swedish suffrage movement.

Together with Jens Rydström, I founded the Öresund Research Network for Gender History in 2010, joining Swedish and Danish gender historians twice a year. I am also a member of the international research network EMHIS (Entangled media histories) and have been a guest researcher at the historical departments at Manchester University (UK) and KU Leuven (Belgium). Finally, I have a longstanding experience of collaboration, especially through public lectures and participation in various media.

 

Books (4)

Editorships (8)

Articles (8)

Book chapters (8)

Encyclopaedia entries (9)

Conference contributions (1)

Reviews (8)

Articles in specialist publications and popular press (3)

Newspaper articles (3)

Miscellaneous (1)

Supervision at Lund University (1)

Other tasks and qualifications

Member of the scientific advisory board of The Gender and Work project, phase 2 (GaW2), Department of History, University of Uppsala, Sweden, since 2018

Member of The Scientific Society (Vetenskapssocieteten), Lund since 2017

Member of the board of the Swedish Society of Media History 2020-

Member of Swedish Research Council's review panel HS-I: Historical disciplines and Archaeology, 2018–2020

Editor of the scientific journal Scandia 2009–2012

Member of the scientific advisory board of The Centre of Labour Studies, Lund University/Landskrona, Sweden 2009– 2017

Ulrika Holgersson

Head of Department, Human Resources Manager

  • Department of Communication and Media

Reader

  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Senior Lecturer

  • Journalism
  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail ulrika.holgerssonkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 42 98

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20