Karl Gustafsson

Associate Professor

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Works at Department of Economic History and International Relations
Telephone 08-16 11 97
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Karl Gustafsson is associate professor (docent) and senior lecturer in international relations at Stockholm University and senior research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Karl’s research interests include security, power and the role of collective memory in International Relations. He is also interested in issues related to research design and how material generated on the internet can be used for IR research purposes. He has acquired several research grants, including a four-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for a project on apologies and recognition in international politics and another four-year grant from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for a project on knowledge, memory and power on the Internet in East Asia. Karl has previously held a post-doc position at Lund University. He has been a visiting researcher at Tokyo University, Osaka University, Keio University (Tokyo), Academia Sinica in Taipei and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen.

In Sepember 2019, Karl was named a Top Peer Reviewer in the social sciences in the Global Peer Review Awards.

Karl’s peer-reviewed article ‘Memory Politics and Ontological Security in Sino-Japanese Relations’ won the Wang Gungwu Prize for best article published in Asian Studies Review in 2014 and his doctoral dissertation won the Stockholm University Association’s award for best dissertation (out of 66) in the Social Sciences in 2011. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in European Journal of International Relations, International Politics, International Relations, Cambridge Review of International AffairsJournal of International Relations and Development, Survival, European Political Science, Memory Studies, Review of International Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, China: An International Journal, Global Affairs, The Pacific Review, Asian Perspective and Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift.

Recently published articles

Returning to the Roots of Ontological Security: Insights from the existentialist anxiety literature


Understanding the persistence of history-related issues in Sino-Japanese relations: From memory to forgetting


International reconciliation on the Internet? Ontological security, attribution and the construction of war memory narratives in Wikipedia


Narrative power: How storytelling shapes East Asian international politics


Long live pacifism! Narrative power and Japan’s pacifist model


Temporal othering, de-securitisation and apologies: Understanding Japanese security policy change


Japan’s Pacifism Is Dead


What is the point? Teaching graduate students how to construct political science research puzzles


Chinese collective memory on the Internet: Remembering the Great Famine in online encyclopaedias


Routinised recognition and anxiety: Understanding the deterioration in Sino-Japanese relations


Recognising recognition through thick and thin: Insights from Sino-Japanese relations


The struggle over the meaning of Chinese patriotism in the 21st century


Last updated: September 11, 2020

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