Helena Tolvhed. Foto: Anders Ståhlberg/Stockholms universitet

Helena Tolvhed

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Works at Department of History
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D, plan 9
Room D938
Postal address Historia 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Researcher. PhD in History 2009, Lund University.


Research Areas:

  • History of Sport and Health
  • Women’s and Gender History
  • Cultural history

Ongoing research:

The book På damsidan (“On the Ladies’ side”, 2015), examines the tension between, on the one hand, sport as a masculinized and male dominated historical arena, and femininity and female bodies on the other. Using achieve material, oral history and press material, the book analyses the construction and (re-)negotiation of gender “on the ladies’ side” of sport. Through part-studies on different sports contexts in Sweden during the 20th century, sport emerges as an area of subordination and struggle, but also for community, pleasure and emancipation for women.

I am presently working on the project “From People’s Health to ‘Healthism’? New Femininities and Masculinities in Health and Exercise from 1970”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2014-2017). The project explores the changing discourses on health, primarily through a text and image analysis of health and fitness magazines from 1970 to the present. What liberations and what new forms of regulation can be identified in the urgings, problems and solutions formulated around health? How does the body emerge as means or goal and what relations are constructed between the individual and her contexts?

Publications in English:

"Ewy Rosqvist, rally queen: Gender, identity and car racing at the beginning of the 1960s", i Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics (vol. 19 2016, special issue: Extraordinary sportswomen)

”A Sound Citizen in a Sound Body. Sport and the Issue of Women’s Emancipation in 1920’s Sweden”, Journal of Women’s History (2015, vol 27, issue 2: “Modern Womanhood: Unusual Sites of Twentieth-Century Women's Empowerment in Europe and the United States.”). pp. 37-61

“Sex Dilemmas, Amazons and Cyborgs: Feminist Cultural Studies and Sport”, Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research Volume 5, 2013: pp. 273–289.

“The Sports Woman as a Cultural Challenge: Swedish Popular Press Coverage of the Olympic Games during the 1950s and 1960s”, International Journal of the History of Sport Volume 29, Issue 2 2012, pp. 302-317.

“Swedish Media Coverage of Athens 2004”, in Toni Bruce, Jorid Hovden, & Pirkko Markula (eds.), Sportswomen at the Olympics: A Global Content Analysis of Newspaper Coverage, Rotterdam & Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Last updated: April 4, 2019

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