Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

Claudia Lindén

Associate Professor, Literature and Gender, Södertörn University


B. 1963. Associate Professor at Litterature and Gender, Södertörn University. Phd. in Comparative Literature 2003, Stockholm University with diss. Om kärlek. Litteratur, sexualitet och politik hos Ellen Key. has published a number of studies on 19:th Century litterature, the History of feminist thought and Gender Theory. Presently responsible for the research project Maskulinitetens estetik. Modernitetens medborgare i 1800-talets Östersjöregion (The Baltic Sea Foundation).

Ongoing research

Lindéns contribution will be an investigation into the interconnectedness between constructivism and historicity within Gender theory. It is concerned with how the historizised view of gender is a prerogative for the conception and establishing of the new, theoretical but primarily non-historic, academic discipline Genusvetenskap (Gender studies). The question is therefore twofold: How is history and historicizing used as a method within gender theory; and secondly, how can feminism write and represent its own history in a way that does not fall prey to traditional kinds of historical narrative, as it establishes its own tradition, canon, and identity? This involves thinking history not as a fact, or as a foundation, but more as something that is produced at the same time as we are produced by it.

Constructivism is an important tool in gender theory against essentialism, and constructivism builds on historicism. When historicizing is used as an analytical technique it is usually taken for granted that we know history. But rarely is the question asked in what way history is known, and how the basic chronological frameworks are established. A constructivism that does not reflect on its uses of history makes feminists liable to repeat universalism and make use of a language of history that is structured in problematic ways around concepts such as time, causality, chronology, narrative and space. The aim is to critically investigate, from modern theories of corporeality (Butler 1990, 2004), the place and the uses of history as a part of constructivist argumentation in gender theorizing.

Selected biography


– ”Nya medier löser upp skriftens monopol men inte genusordningen”, review of Friedrich Kittler: Nedskrivningssystem 1800-1900, in Tidskriften Respons nr 1, 2013, pp. 62-64.

”Ur led är feminismens tid. Om tidsmetaforer, otidsenlighet och gengångare i feministisk historieskrivning”, in Tidskrift för genusvetenskap nr 3, 2012, pp. 5-25.

“Är historien alltid redan queer? Om Karen Blixens gotik”, in Queera läsningar, red. Katri Kivilaakso, Ann-Sofie Lönngren,  och Rita Paqvalén, Rosenlarv förlag, Stockholm 2012, pp. 90-121.

”Temporality and Metaphoricity in Contemporary Swedish Feminist Historiography”
i Rethinking Time. Essays on History, Memory, and Representation,
Hans Ruin & Andrus Ehrs (eds.) Södertörn Philosophical Studies No 9,
Huddinge 2011

”Temporality and Metaphoricity in Contemporary Swedish Feminist Historiography” in Rethinking Time. Essays on History, Memory, and Representation, Hans Ruin & Andrus Ehrs (eds.), Södertörn Philosophical Studies No 9, Huddinge 2011, pp. 301-312.

"Karen Blixen och maskulinitetens dekonstruktion: en läsning av The Old Chevalier / Den gamle vandrande Ridder", in Samlaren 2009.

– "Axel Munthes genustrubbel", in NORMA, Nordisk tidskrift för maskulinitetsstudier, vol. 4, nr 2: 2009.

– “Feministisk teorireception inom litteraturvetenskapen”, Lychnos 2008. Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria.

– “Moderlighetens metaforer hos Ellen Key och Friedrich Nietzsche”, in Feministiska litteraturanalyser 1972-2002, eds. Åsa Arping, & Anna Nordenstam, in Studentlitteratur Lund 2005.

– “The Modern Idiom of Gender Transgression: Love and Identity in Karen Blixens ‘Carnival’ and Modern Marriage”, The New Woman and The Aesthetic Opening. Unlocking Gender in Twentieth-Century Texts, ed. Ebba Witt Brattström, Södertörn Academic Studies Stockholm 2004.

– Om kärlek. Litteratur sexualitet och politik hos Ellen Key, Symposion Stockholm/Stehag 2002, diss.

– “Den politiska biologins kvinnlighet: konstruktionen av könsskillnader i naturvetenskapen från 1800-talet till idag", Feministisk bruksanvisning, ed. Claudia Lindén & Ulrika Milles, Norstedts Stockholm 1995.

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