Department of History of Science and Ideas


The Department is Sweden’s largest centre for study within this field and is internationally renowned for its research. There are currently over forty academics, researchers and visiting scholars attached to the Department, including 15 doctoral students.

The Research Seminar forms a central part of the Department's research culture. This includes both weekly work-in-progress seminars dealing with ongoing projects, and invited guest speakers who present current research. The Department regularly hosts national and international workshops and conferences, and initiate various other forms of collaboration. Under Research Areas, you will find areas in which the department's research staff has particularly strong competence.

Six Important Research Areas

A common feature underpinning research undertaken at the Department is the historical investigation of the interplay between ideas and science in the constitution of modern society. The formation and circulation of knowledge about nature, the human body, economy, society and culture are of central concern, as is the history of political ideologies, modern doctrines and subjectivities. Environmental and global history are strongly emerging areas. Our research in these areas spans a broad range of chronologies and geographies, with a focus on modern and contemporary Western and Northern Europe in global perspective.

Last modified: 2023-01-24