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

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

Ulla Manns

Professor

Biography

B. 1959. Professor in Gender Studies, Södertörn University, Docent in History of Ideas. PhD in History of Ideas, Stockholm University 1997 with the dissertation Den sanna frigörelsen: Fredrika-Bremer-förbundet 1884-1921 (True Emancipation: the Fredrika-Bremer-Association 1884-1921), which received the Sten Lindroth Prize.

Main research interests concern knowledge production and social change in different historical and geopolitical contexts. The university as a main institution for knowledge and the inner life of social movements are paid special attention in her research. Space within social movements, in feminism not the least, is of great interest as is methodological issues concerning the historians relation to her role as a producer of scientific knowledge.
During the years an increased interest has been paid to cultural memory and its function in feminism as a social movement. Silence, absence and oblivion is analyzed not only in terms of neglect and amnesia, but also as possibilities that sometimes may have offered activists a safe space and belonging, outside of expected conduct.
Together with the artist Anna Viola Hallberg Manns is engaged in a work series called Typologies of Silence. Its part on memory and its work series Imperial Differences will be elaborated upon during a visit to SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio, during fall 2015, www.annaviolahallberg.com.
Manns has published a number of studies on 19th century feminism and has been involved in several research projects within the field of Gender Studies and History. In 1998-2005 she was a part of the research program Genus, medborgarskap och offentlig politik 1848-1998 (Gender, citizenship and politics, 1848-1998), funded by Vetenskapsrådet, a cross disciplinary program consisting of ten scholars from the humanities and social sciences. In 2006-2009 Manns directed the research project “Translating and Constructing Gender Studies in the Nordic Region, 1975-2005”, funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation.
Manns was a member of the editorial board of Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift (Women’s Studies Journal) 1988-1990, and is now on the editorial board of Tidskrift för genusvetenskap (Gender Studies Journal). Furthermore, she is the co-editor for the publication series of SKOGH: föreningen Sveriges kvinno- och genushistoriker (Swedish Women’s and Gender Historians Association), published by Makadam editing company, a member of the international advisory board of lambda nordica: tidskrift för homo/lesbisk/bi/trans/queerforskning. She is also a board member of InterGender: Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University. Manns has been a member of the program committee of Time, Memory, Representation from the start and is now co-editing one of the program anthologies: Etik, politik, och historikerns ansvar (Ethics, Politics and the historians responsibility).
Manns is engaged in a teaching collaboration with Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Jordan, Amman, together with Jenny Berglund, associate professor in the Studies of Religions at Södertörn University.

Main research interests concern knowledge production and social change in different historical and geopolitical contexts. The university as a main institution for knowledge and the inner life of social movements are paid special attention in her research. Space within social movements, in feminism not the least, is of great interest as is methodological issues concerning the historians relation to her role as a producer of scientific knowledge.

During the years an increased interest has been paid to cultural memory and its function in feminism as a social movement. Silence, absence and oblivion is analyzed not only in terms of neglect and amnesia, but also as possibilities that sometimes may have offered activists a safe space and belonging, outside of expected conduct.

Together with the artist Anna Viola Hallberg Manns is engaged in a work series called Typologies of Silence. Its part on memory and its work series Imperial Differences will be elaborated upon during a visit to SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio, during fall 2015, www.annaviolahallberg.com.

Manns has published a number of studies on 19th century feminism and has been involved in several research projects within the field of Gender Studies and History. In 1998-2005 she was a part of the research program Genus, medborgarskap och offentlig politik 1848-1998 (Gender, citizenship and politics, 1848-1998), funded by Vetenskapsrådet, a cross disciplinary program consisting of ten scholars from the humanities and social sciences. In 2006-2009 Manns directed the research project “Translating and Constructing Gender Studies in the Nordic Region, 1975-2005”, funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation.

Manns was a member of the editorial board of Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift (Women’s Studies Journal) 1988-1990, and is now on the editorial board of Tidskrift för genusvetenskap (Gender Studies Journal). Furthermore, she is the co-editor for the publication series of SKOGH: föreningen Sveriges kvinno- och genushistoriker (Swedish Women’s and Gender Historians Association), published by Makadam editing company, a member of the international advisory board of lambda nordica: tidskrift för homo/lesbisk/bi/trans/queerforskning. She is also a board member of InterGender: Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University. Manns has been a member of the program committee of Time, Memory, Representation from the start and is now co-editing one of the program anthologies: Etik, politik, och historikerns ansvar (Ethics, Politics and the historians responsibility).

Manns is engaged in a teaching collaboration with Center for Women’s Studies at the University of Jordan, Amman, together with Jenny Berglund, associate professor in the Studies of Religions at Södertörn University.

Ulla Manns at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University

SKOGH

InterGender

www.brorkronstrand.se

Contact: ulla.manns@sh.se

Ongoing research

Cultural Memory and 19th Century Feminism

Manns studies the importance and function of historical consciousness in and for our understanding of 19th Western feminism. The purpose of the project is to critically examine how cultural memory, identity and politics interact in the making of feminism both as a way of thinking and advocating social change, and as a space to belong to or not.

Furthermore, it sets out to engage in present discussions within cultural memory studies concerning method and conceptualizations, to investigate and critically discuss how imagined and retrospective identity and affinity affect the scholarly work done within this field of research.

The project Cultural Memory and 19th Century Feminism is a study situated at the intersection of cultural memory studies, social movement studies, feminist and queer theory, and post-colonial studies from a standpoint of critical history. Empirically three modes of representation are given special attention, produced by the 19th century Western women's movement itself: the exhibition, the archive and the monograph. A monograph in English is under production.

Selected bibliography

Publications:

– (2014): (med Anna Viola Hallberg): "Att tolka tystnad/Hur ska Värnamos tysta klockor tolkas?"  Publicerad 20140819: Jönköpings-Posten

– (2014): “Methodological Feminism and the History of Feminism”, in Ulla Manns & Fia Sundevall (eds.)Methods, interventions and reflections: Report from the X Nordic Women’s and Gender Conference, Bergen August 9-12 2012 (Makadam förlag: Stockholm)

– (2014): “Feminismens Pantheon: Kollektivt minne, identitet och föreställd gemenskap”, in Manns & Sundevall (Makadam förlag: Stockholm)

– (2013): ”Joan Wallach Scott and critical history”, in Joan W. Scott The Uses and Abuses of Gender Södertörn Lectures no. 8 (Södertörn University: Huddinge)

– (2012): ”Historiska rum”, Scandia: tidskrift för historisk forskning no. 2 supplement

(2012): recension av Clare Hemmings: Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory, i Tidskrift för genusvetenskap nr 4

– (2011): ”Identity and Collective Memory in the Making of Nineteenth-Century Feminism”, in Rethinking Time: Essays on History, Memory, and Representation (eds.) Hans Ruin & Andrus Ers (Södertörn Philosophical Studies: Huddinge)

– (2011): “Så många segrar att fira”, Bang: feministisk kulturtidskrift no.3

– (2011): ”Historico-political Strategies of Scandinavian Feminist Movements: Preliminary Perspectives of a Research Project”, in (eds.) Jürgen Mittag, Berthold Unfried & Eva Himmelstoss Arbeiter- und soziale Bewegungen in der öffentlichen Erinnerung: eine globale Perspektive/The memory of labour and social movements: a global perspective(Akademische Verlagsanstalt: Berlin)

– (2000): ”Så skriver vi historia: Den svenska kvinnorörelsen ur ett historiografiskt perspektiv”, Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift no. 4

Related publications:

– with Ulrika Dahl & Marianne Liljeström (2014 fc.): Feminism Translated: Deconstructing Nordic Women’s and Gender Studies (Makadam förlag: Stockholm)

– (2009): ”En ros är en ros är en ros: konstruktionen av nordisk kvinno- och genusforskning”, Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria

– (2008): ”Rörelsens rum: det lesbiska i nordisk kvinnoforskning”, in Att göra historia (eds.) Maria Sjöberg & Yvonne Svanström (Institutet för framtidsstudier: Stockholm)

– (2008): ”Idéhistoriens kön”, in Idéhistoria i tiden: Perspektiv på ämnets identitet under sjuttiofem år (eds.) Nils Andersson & Henrik Björk (Symposion: Stockholm)

– (2006): ”På två ben i akademien: om den tidiga kvinnoforskningens projekt”, in (ed.) Monica Einarsson Blad till Bladh: vänbok till Christine (Södertörn Studies in History: Huddinge)

– (2005): Upp systrar, väpnen er! Kön och politik i svensk 1800-talsfeminism (Atlas: Stockholm)

– (2004): ”En man för sin sak: Lars Johan Hierta, Oscar Stackelberg och Fredrik Borg”, in (eds.) Yvonne Svanström & Kjell Östberg Än män då? Kön och feminism i Sverige under 150 år (Atlas: Stockholm)

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