Content of the Theme

Understandings of the body are one of the most fundamental and revealing aspects of human culture, and how individuals understand their own bodies is centrally related to their identity. Corporeality is a genuinely interdisciplinary research area not only uniting the humanities, but also linking into the social sciences, natural sciences, and medicine. The field has generated a wide range of theoretical tools, which enable it to bring together many different research angles and scales – from emotions to power, from globalisation to intimacy – without losing sight of their shared core.

The courses within this theme will offer a variety of opportunities for research students to reflect over the links between their own bodily lives and bodies in theory. The theme will also work actively to enable students to practise presenting and discussing their research in both national and international contexts, including through the organisation of two international conferences. The courses will be held in Swedish or English, depending on the needs of the participants.


At the centre of the doctoral school is the Corpus Workshop course. Here students will work collaboratively to develop the aspects of their own research which relate to the shared theme. The course will take the form of a series of workshops spread over the full two years. The focus will be on students’ own writing, putting into use knowledge gained from the thematic courses. This course also includes participation in two themed conferences.

Three further thematic courses will be held during the course of the research school. These can be taken as individual courses, but students who are taking part in the whole research school have priority for places.


  • Conference 1, May 2017
  • Conference 2, May 2018

Collaborating teachers and researchers

Karin Sennefelt (history), Alison Klevnäs (archaeology), Kristina Fjelkestam (gender studies), Karin Högström (ethnology),  Olof Sundqvist (history of religions)


Coordinator: Karin Sennefelt, Department of History