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Anna Sparrman


Professor at Dep of Thematic Studies  Child Studies
Associate Professor at Child Studies, 2009
Ph.D at Dep of Thematic Studies Child Studies Linköping, 2002
BA History of Art and Visual Communication, Linköping, 1994
BA in the Humanities, Linköping, 1990


Research interests

  • Visual Culture and everyday life
  • Culture for and by children
  • Children and childhoods in a contemporary perspective
  • Children, childhoods and sexuality
  • Children, childhoods and consumption
  • Visual research methods, eg. Visual ethnography, auto elicitation, disposable cameras


Research projects (on-going)

Culture for and by children - A visual ethnographic study of Children's museums, Theme parks, Amusment Parks and Science Centres. Funded by The Swedish Research Council, Committee for Humanities and Social Science, 2010-2013. Main applicant: Anna Sparrman.

Children’s and youth’s consumption of visual culture. Position as Assistant professor funded by Swedish Research Council, Committee for Educational Science, 2005-2009. (Publication on-going)

Read about the project!: http://www.liu.se/forskning/reportage/kultur-och-konsumtion-i-nojesparker?l=en&sc=true


Commity work

Commity member of the Department Board of the Department of Thematic Studies.

Commity member of the Swedish Arts Council.  http://www.kulturradet.se/en/In-English/

Commity member of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) http://www.isak.liu.se/acsis/konferenser?l=en&sc=true


Selected publications

Ph.D Abstract: Visual culture in the everyday life of children – pictures, media and practices (2002). abstract

Sparrman, Anna (in press 2015). Seeing (with) the body: Children enacting sexuality. In Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose and Danielle Egan (Eds.), Children sexuality and the ‘sexualisation’ of culture. UK: Palgrave.

Sparrman, Anna (2015). Children’s consumer culture. In Daniel Thomas Cook and and J. Michael Ryan, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell.  http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470672846.html

Sparrman, Anna (2015). Visual consumption. In Daniel Thomas Cook and J. Michael Ryan,The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470672846.html

Lindgren, Anne-Li, Sparrman, Anna, Samuelsson, Tobias and David Cardell. Enacting (real) fiction: Materializing childhoods in a theme park, Childhood. Online first DOI: 10.1177/0907568214524460

Lindgren, Anne-Li and Sparrman, Anna (2014). Blogging family-like relations when visiting theme and amusement parks: The use of children in display online. Culture Unbound, 55(6): 997-1013. http://www.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/v6/a55/

Sparrman, Anna. (2014). Access and gatekeeping in researching children's sexuality: Mess in ethics and methods,  Sexuality & Culture18(2): 291-309. DOI 10.1007/s12119-013-9198-x. http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs12119-013-9198-x.pdf

Sparrman, Anna (2014). Barn tecknar nakenhet – och sexualitet? [Children draws nudity - and sexuality?]. I Yvonne Eriksson (red.). Barn tecknar världen [Children draw the world], pp. 47-76. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Sparrman, Anna (2013). Visual representations of childhood. In Heather Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sparrman, Anna (2013). Queering the sexual child? NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 1 :1-5.

Sparrman, Anna, Sandin, Bengt & Johanna Sjöberg (Eds.) (2012). Situating child consumption: Rethinking values and notions of children, childhood and consumption. Lund: Nordic Academic Press.



Presentation on the National Book and Library Fair

Presentationer på Bok- och biblioteksmässan den 25 september 2014







Telephone: 013-28 29 64
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: anna.sparrman@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

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