Annika Olsson. Foto: Niklas Björling.

Annika Olsson


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Works at Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 E7
Room E 717
Postal address 106 91 Stockholm 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Associate professor Literature/ Senior Lecturer Gender Studies/Head of Department ERG

I have been working as a lecturer in gender studies since 2003, and since July 2014 I am also the head of ERG. As a teacher, I am currently mainly involved with the master’s programmes in gender studies, but I also teach at the undergraduate level.

My research is influenced by my interest in narration, representation and democracy, as well as the relationship between them. What is representation? What functions do books and narration, and different types of representation, have in and for democratic societies? How do our bodies, backgrounds and experiences affect our ability to participate in and benefit from public conversations or various kinds? One of the main areas of my research is concerned with the structure, rhetoric, practice and ethics of observation and narration. Both theoretical and practical aspects of various types of representation, not least literary historiography and valuations of literature and authors/speakers, have been essential to my research in the past few years. Another area of focus is the relationship between fact and fiction, a problem that is particularly visible in the documentary genres that I have studied. A third area is concerned with gender issues, intersectionality and the discourse of gender equality policy.

I am a literary scholar specialising in literary sociology. I completed a PhD at Uppsala University in 2002 with the thesis “Att ge den andra sidan röst” [To Give Voice], published in a new version by Atlas förlag in 2004. My thesis focused on the Swedish report book between 1960 and 1980 and the problem of giving voice: who gives voice and to whom, what is given and why?

My current research project is an oral history project: De intellektuella i Sverige 1960-2010 [Public Intellectuals in Sweden 1960-2010]: I am also one of the founders of the research network Oral History in Sweden (OHIS). More information is available on our blog

In my daily life as a researcher, teacher and head of department, I benefit directly from my practical experience of working with gender equality and knowledge dissemination. In 2011-2015, I was involved in several international programmes focusing on democracy and gender equality; in 2009-2014, I was series editor of the book series Teaching with Gender (; in 2008-2010, I was manager of a programme for gender mainstreaming (Jämi) commissioned by the government:; and in 2007-2009, I was coordinator for the Gender Helpdesk at Stockholm University.


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Last updated: December 20, 2018

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