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Elin Björk



BA in Master of Education, history and religion.
Studies in History up until master level/D-level
Studies in Social anthropology up until master level/D-level
Studies in Religion
Studies in Environmental science

Research Interersts

My main research interests are gender, sexuality, medicine and medical technology in historical research.

Keywords:  Gender, sexuality, medicine, medical technology, history

Current projects

My research project is part of a larger project titled A Constant Torment, financed by VR. As part of this project, I explore the connections between the prostate, sexuality, psychopathology and medical technology during the 17th century, in Sweden. I focus on three major aims. First, I aim to establish possible connections between problems with the prostate and diagnoses like male hysteria, sexual neurasthenia, hypochondria, etc., in the medical discourse during the 17th century. Then, I also study connections between problems with the prostate and sexuality/sexual practice. Finally, I explore the medical technology available at this time for treatments concerning the prostate.


Teaching in Environmental Science within the courses “Qualitative and quantitative method”, “Science and politic”, “Biogeochemistry and energy-yielding metabolism”, “Environmental economy”, “Project” seminars and supervision of project.

Teaching at the Teachers Education Program, courses in theory of science and method, supervising bachelor theses.

Supervising project at the Civil engineer program “Perspectives on information technology”.



Telephone: 013-28 21 53
Fax: 013-28 44 61

E-mail: elin.bjork@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

Project activities


Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

Child Studies
Gender Studies
Technology and social change
Environmental Change

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