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Jonas Eklund


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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a doctoral candidate in Theatre Studies, at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. I am currently writing my PhD dissertation on the audience’s reactions to the body on stage in burlesque, circus and freak show, using aspects of phenomenology as a theoretical approach. I obtained a degree of Master of Arts in Theatre Studies from Stockholm University in 2012. 

In 2017 I was appearing in a youtube serie on Swedens hundred coolest researchers. In 2015 and 2016 I was a jury member at the Swedish Research Grand Prix that is a competition in presenting research in an accessible way. I have a great interest in popularization of science.   

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At Stockholm University I have taught classes on circus, and popular culture at large, and on Swedish popular theatre during the 20th century, and supervised student esseys. At DOCH School of Dance and Circus I have taught courses on Phenomenology and supervised degree projects. 



I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation on the spectators experience of bodies on stage in circus, Burlesque and freak show. 

I have presented papers on hipster masculinity in circus at the IFTR conference at the University of Warwick (2014), and on circus and nostalgia at the University of Hyderabad (2015), I am since 2014 a member of the IFTR working group Popular Entertainments, and have presented papers on "dwarf"- entertainment in Sweden in early 20th century at the IFTR conference in Stockholm (2016), and on circus and the migration crisis of Europe at the IFTR conference in São Paulo (2017). 

I have presented papers on burlesque and popular culture at the confernce Theatre and the Popular in Reykjavik, (2016), and a revised verison of the paper as an invited speaker at a symposium on popular culture in Stockholm (2017). 

I have also presented papers on circus and nostalgia, at international circus conferences at Münster University in 2015 and on cirkus and migration 2017.

Last updated: May 28, 2018

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