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Anne-Li Lindgren

About me

Professor and Deputy Head of Department

Section for Early Childhood Education


I'm teaching at the undergraduate and Master's programme in Early Childhood Education, as well as in PhD education courses.

Topics include:

i) History of childhood and early childhood education – politics, child perspectives and childhoods

ii) Child culture, children's culture and childhood

iii) Play – what is it and how can it be used in early childhood education

iv) Observations and documentations in early childhood education – why we need a visual ethics including children and adults

v) Children as actors: Childhood Sociology revisited

vi) Critical Discourse Analysis: A theory and method based on a three dimensional conception of discourse


In my research I combine theories and methods from Childhood studies, Early childhood education, Media studies, Discourse studies, History of childhood, Cultural studies and Visual studies. I have a speicific interest in observations, documentations and visuality in early childhood education in historical and contemporary perspectives.

Research projects

Swedish Sex Education 1882-2014: Norms about sexuality in educational history research

Preschool as an image and looking apparatus: ways of seeing and visual knowledge production in small children’s everyday lives

Highlighted publications

Lindgren, A-L & Grunditz, S, Examining Children's and Adult's Ways of Looking in Kindergarten: An Analysis of Documented Observations from the 1930s. In: Maarit Alasuutari, Helga Kelle and Helen Knauf, Documentation in Institutional Contexts of Early Childhood. Normalisation, Participation and Professionalism, Springer, 2020: 147-165.

Olsson, M, & Lindgren, A-L. The Role of Digital Cameras in Child and Researcher Encounters in Preschool. A Potential for a Decolonization of Childhood. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 2019, 4(1): 99–115, OA online.

Lindgren, A-L. Towards an ethics of sexuality – alternative feminist figurations and a (boy) child: a close reading of a prize-winning sex education manual from the early twentieth century, Gender & Education, 2019, 31(6): 774-787, online.

Lindgren, A-L. Materializing fiction: Teachers as creators of play and children as embodied entrants in early childhood education. International Journal of Play, 2017, 6(2): 1-16, online.

Sparrman, A, Cardell, D, Lindgren, A-L, and Samuelsson, T, The ontological choreography of (good) parenthood, In: Anna Sparrma, Allan Westerling, Judith Lind, Karen Ida Dannesboe (Eds.), Doing Good Parenthood. Ideals and Practices of Parental Involvement. Springer International Publishing AG, 2016, 113-125.

Lindgren, A-L, Sparrman, A, Samuelsson, T, and Cardell, D, Enacting (real) fiction: Materializing childhoods in a theme park, Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 2015, 22(2): 171-186.

Samuelsson, T, Sparrman, A, Cardell, D & Lindgren, A-L. The active, competent child, capable of autonomous action: an inherent quality or the outcome of a research process? AnthropoChildren. Ethnographic Perspectives in Children & Childhood, 2015, 5. OA online.


Research projects