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  • Bodies Out of Order: Translating Alzheimer’s Disease Across Sciences and Cultures.
    This project engages with the question of what Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is, or rather, what AD is continuously becoming in science and society at large, and how we "become with" it. The advent of neuro-molecular imaging has dramatically changed the way Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is understood in laboratory science, and recently, how it is diagnosed in clinical practice. The implications of the ongoing ontological transformations of AD into a molecular pathology reach however far beyond the areas of translational medicine and experimental neuroscience. It profoundly impacts how we think about ageing, humanity and pathology. Unlike any other disease, the fear of Alzheimer’s furnish our contemporary cultural consciousness across blogs, patient advocacy websites, art, fiction and popular science. The societal emergence of Alzheimer’s disease has also affected dementia studies, in humanities and social sciences. AD has urgently become a widespread matter of concern, but what does this entail? - What is Alzheimer’s disease today? How is it currently construed and translated as knowledge situated in laboratory science and medical imaging, in humanities and social science, in public awareness and social imagination, and as a complex configuration of all three?
  • The natures and cultures of Alzheimer's Disease: Between laboratory and public life. 
    Summary of this project, a project president to and running parallel to, and supplementing, Bodies Out Order (above) and Prescriptive Prescriptions (below): Alzheimers's disease - in laboratory life and lab animals, in scientific imaging and pharmaceutical advertisements, in public debate and patient advocacy, in popular culture (movies) and in everyday life - is here systematically addressed with gender methodologies concerned with processes of dehumanization and rehumanization as this neurological disorder appears more and more in the public life of scientists and in popular media, that is, in various cultural settings. For more information, talk to Cecilia Åsberg and Tara Mehrabi. 
  •  Prescriptive Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals and ‘Healthy’ Subjectivities.
    This grand-scale project, headed by Dr. Ericka Johnson, in collaboration with Dr. Celia Roberts (Lancaster University) and Dr. Cecilia Åsberg is financed by the European Research Council (ERC StG). It concerns how our sociocultural understandings of healthy personhood are challenged by new or emerging medical pharmaceuticals. Drugs prescrived to young women as they enter adulthood, like HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine and birth control pills, or to men as they approach old age, sildenafil for erectile concerns or anti-dementia drugs, are telling of our cultural expectations regarding gender and sexuality, age, ability and cognition. In this project we investigate the cultural meanings and expectations attached to four prescription drugs, and compares the policies and practices around their use in two European countries, Sweden and UK. Read more about the Prescriptive Prescriptions-project here.
  • Genuslabbet: Över gränserna för kön, universitet, disciplin & förväntan
    -The Gender Lab - 
    An experimental equal opportunities project, bringing natural and cultural scholars in close collaboration so to enhance the possibilities of academic careers (for men and women at Linköping university and Stockholm university) guided by gender awareness, critical thinking and creative collaborations. Hosted by the Rector and Linköping University, and led by Cecilia Åsberg, together with Hillevi Lenz Taguchi (Stockholm university) and the project secretary Linnea Bodén, this project is financed by the Delegation for Gender Equality (DJ), at the Swedish Ministry for Higher Education. To enroll, contact: linnea.boden@liu.se
  • The Posthumanities Hub 
    A research platform that connects international scholars and networks across faculties and discplines. Also the 5th research stream at Tema Genus (Gender Studies at TEMA, Linköping University) and the postconventional research group led by Cecilia Åsberg. The Hub stands as the platform for the above mentioned research projects, for several phd projects and also for the events of Posthumanist Network,  for instance the Meeting Materialities workshops, and the Gender Lab. Contact: cecilia.asberg@liu.se
  • The Posthumanities Hub of Linköping university hosts the 2012 New Materialisms conference (Cambridge hosted in 2010 and Utrecht University in 2011).  Contact: cecilia.asberg@liu.se
  • Meeting Materialities - a workshop series for us who grapple with material-semiotics, running as preparation for the 2012 New Materialisms conference. The workshops orient towards the concrete projects and problems of doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, and they are hosted by the Posthumanities Hub. Invited co-cordinators include Dr. Celia Roberts, Prof. Stacy Alaimo, Dr. Astrida Neimanis and Dr. Lissa Holloway-Attaway.
  • NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist & Gender Research 
    An international scientific journal (double blind peer review) that covers Nordic (in the widest sense, and always up for discussion) feminist and gender research of various kinds (Routledge: Taylor & Francis). Financed in part by VR (2010) and NOP-HS (2010). Edited by Cecilia Åsberg and Malin Rönnblom, together with Editorial Secretary Redi Koobak. Contact: Nora@tandf.no               

    Ranking and impact of NORA:
    One indication of the impact and international status of NORA is given by the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) produced by the European Science Foundation. NORA there occupies the international category as a journal with " international publications with significant visibility and influence in the various research domains in different countries." (See:ESF)    

    NORA is also indexed in SCOPUS. Further, The Australian Research Council (ARC) compared NORA with other international journals, (in the ERA 2010 and the up-coming ERA 2012), using one of four tiers. NORA ranked amongst the best 30% of all the 20 000 scholarly journals in 2010.                 

    NORA has also been top-ranked in the Norwegian system for journal rankings (2010), and a decision is pending for NORA to be indexed in Thomson Reuters Social Science Citation Index (Web of Science).   
  • Supervision of PhD Projects
    In relation to the activities at Tema Genus and The Posthumanities Hub, Cecilia Åsberg is also the main supervisor of the PhD-projects of Tara Mehrabi, Magdalena Górska and Wibke Straube. Co-supervisor for the PhD-projects of Redi Koobak, Dag Balkmar (defended successfully his dissertation in fall of 2012), Ingvil Hellstrand (University of Stavanger), Pat Treusch (Humbolt/Berlin Technical University) - and for Dr. Katherine Harrison (dissertation successfully defended in public on 16 April, 2010).



Name: Cecilia Åsberg
Position: Professor (Chair of Gender, nature, culture)
Titles: Docent, PhD, MA
Department: TEMA - Department of Thematic Studies: Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (Tema Genus
Functions: LiU Research Professor, Director the Posthumanities Hub, Co-Director GEXcel International Collegium


Ph: +46 13 28 66 90
Fax: +46 13 133630
E-mail: cecilia.asberg@liu.se

Gender Studies (Tema Genus)
TEMA - Department of Thematic Studies
Linköping University
SE – 581 83 Linköping



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