Ongoing Phd-projects at the Dept of ALM

On this page you can read more about the on-going projects by the departments Phd-students.

Ida Grönroos (contact information): Delicate Matters - Records of Social Vulnerability in Swedish Archives

In my research I want to examine how official records that document vulnerability are handled by the people responsible for managing them. How do professional archivists perceive and judge vulnerability, and how do they deal with the disclosure of sensitive information to people who request it?

I will study the perception of vulnerability amongst archivists handling disclosures of sensitive information in records of social services and psychiatric care. I will put light on the fact that the archivists are individuals and not only anonymous agents of bureaucracy, carrying out fixed procedures. On the contrary, they actively assess the relevance of information they may or may not disclose to people who request access to various documents. How exactly do they do this? And what are the consequences of them doing so (or not)? The research will address issues of dependency, vulnerability, dignity and privacy, as well as the politics and ethics of revelation.

My PhD project is part of the Engaging Vulnerability program, a decade-long interdisciplinary research program at Uppsala University financed with the support of the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

The thesis (monograph) will be written in English.

Tutors: Kerstin Rydbeck, Reine Rydén and Mats Hyvönen.

Zanna Friberg (contact information):

Maps of archaeological curation

My PhD research examines the curation of archaeological legacy data across different repositories like museums, archives and libraries. Looking at a Swedish context, I map the knowledge organisation systems archaeological data are managed within and pay attention to traces of continuity and discontinuity in data description, both historically and inter-institutionally.

My PhD project is part of the research project CAPTURE.  The CAPTURE project is concerned with paradata (data on the processes involved in production and (re)use of data) with a focus on archaeological and cultural heritage data. More information about CAPTURE can be found under Ongoing research projects at the Department of ALM.

The thesis (Monograph) will be written in English.
Tutors: Isto Huvila, Lisa Börjesson and Olle Sköld.

Inge Zwart: Participatory memory work: A professional take on participation in museums 

Museums are all about participation: audiences are engaged in new ways and external communities are invited to co-produce exhibitions. In my dissertation I investigate this latter type of ‘participatory memory work’. Specifically, I hone in on the everyday practice of this work, from the museum professional’s point of view. My comparative case study will be based on ethnographic research data from three projects at different European museums. Doing so, I aim to paint a detailed picture of how professionals deal with the (new) tasks at hand, their motivations and expectations, their understanding of ‘participation’, and the dynamic power relations at play within the project and the institution. All the while, I consider the respective institutional, cultural, and political frameworks. I will put my findings in conversation with literature from memory studies and information studies to analyse concepts such as ‘memory work’ and ‘participation’. 

I undertake this research as a POEM research fellow ( with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodawska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859. The thesis (monograph) will be written in English. 

Tutors: Isto Huvila and Inga-Lill Aronsson.

Christer Eld: The Library as a Historical Document: The Preserved Library of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology

The dissertation project's point of departure is the idea of the library as a historical document that can tell us about the activities conducted by their patrons. Libraries are created for a reason. Various organisations shapes their libraries based on their different needs and activities, and this is especially true regarding knowledge producing institutions. Books and other documents are acquired based on their intellectual content, such as the subjects they treat. Therefore, libraries become a mirror or physical manifestation of the intellectual activities of the organisation in question.

From this notion, of the library as a knowledge reproducing institution that reflects the organisations activities, the preserved library collections and catalogues of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology (Statens institut för rasbiologi) will be studied, a eugenic research centre which operated in Uppsala between 1922 and 1958.

The thesis (monograph) will be written in Swedish. 
Tutors: Kerstin Rydbeck and Ulrika Kjellman.

Ina-Maria Jansson Memory negotiated? Online participation in cultural heritage institutions

I study how cultural heritage institutions opens up for public participation in cultural heritage collections by using interactive online platforms for collection, organization and contextualization of heritage documents and metadata.

Especially, my research is focused on the suggested democratizing potential of participation. Of particular interest is the improved societal representation that is envisioned to follow in the steps of public participation and how participatory methods are said to increase the possibility for heritage collections to mirror the society in where they exist.  

The thesis is guided by the following research questions: How is participatory collected information incorporated in heritage collections? How can participants negotiate conditions and aims for participation? What is the impact of institutional information infrastructures on these processes and how can eventual barriers for the envisioned representation be understood?

By moving in the borderlands of library- and information studies, archival science and critical heritage studies, a multidisciplinary perspective is employed to discuss the implications of participatory engagement in cultural heritage institutions. Finally, cultural memory is used as an overarching concept to situate the concluding discussion of the thesis in the debate about influence of participatory practices in heritage creation and dissemination.

The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English and Swedish. 
Tutors: Isto Huvila, Reine Rydén and Björn Magnusson-Staaf (Lund University).

Lina Fridlund: Own Worlds – A Study of Youth's Own Practices in Cultural and Learning Institutions.

The intention with this thesis is to raise awareness of youth’s own practices in cultural- and learning institutions. The main focus will be at illuminating youth´s own practices, but I´m also interested of understanding grown-ups ideas of youth in relation to different forms of literacies. Here I will focus on norms that surrounds youth´s own practices in relation to different forms of literacies. I will try to understand what it means if cultural institutions advocates certain literacies. In relation to this I want to illuminate youth´s own literacies. I will do this through focusing on digital literacies and social media. From a theoretical perspective my dissertation proceed from theories about  the cultural institution as a space, theories about power and theories about new media literacies.

The thesis (Monograph) will be written in Swedish. 
Tutors: Samuel Edquist and Åse Hedemark.

Dydimus Zengenene Managing participatory ecologies memory modalities       

I am working on a project which seeks to explore and understand virtual ecologies as constructed by participatory online communities and mediated by new media infrastructures. It seeks to investigate the resources, people and activities that constitute online memory from a network perspective. Using cases, the study seeks to understand the dynamics of how virtual ecologies emerge, evolve and sustain themselves. It will also seek to identify institutional points of interventions in supporting self-sustaining communities to ensure usefulness of resultant participatory memory constructions. The project employs multiple methodologies to inquire into virtual communities. Historical web data is analyzed to determine the nature and evolution of virtual ecologies as constructed and facilitated by participatory online communities. Social Network Analysis tools and methodologies will be applied to visualize and explain the nature of these ecologies especially the relationships which emerge from participatory activities. Documents will be analyzed to map existing communities and to help in determining frameworks of managing online communities in given cases. Interviews will be conducted to provide further insights into undocumented complexities in dealing with participatory communities. Wikipedia is the main case study in this research.  The result is an article-based thesis which will explore the different aspects of understanding and managing online ecologies.

The thesis will be written in English. 
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Olle Sköld.

Last modified: 2022-08-29