Petter Hellström

Researcher at Department of History of Science and Ideas

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a researcher and teacher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas. My research concerns the importance of metaphors and models, images and visual culture in the history of science. I am also interested in historical attempts at system building, classification, and ordering.

Academic qualifications: PhD, MPhil, BA Hons

Keywords: visual culture media history history of the life sciences metaphors and models history of science historical epistemology history of cartography systematics and taxonomy scientific racism

I hold a PhD degree in the History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala University, and an MPhil degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. I also hold a BA Hons degree in Arabic and the Study of Religions from the University of London.

Apart from various positions at Uppsala University, I have also been employed by Södertörn University and Karolinska Institutet. I have been an invited guest at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Lucerne.

I defended my doctoral thesis, “Trees of Knowledge: Science and the Shape of Genealogy”, in September 2019. The examiner’s report is available online, as is the Uppsala University press release.

Since 2020, I have been working on a new project, entitled “The Family Tree: A History of Scientific Imagination”, in which I address the implications of my earlier findings. This project is partly conducted within the frame of the research program “In the Shadow of the Tree”, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

As from August 2022, I am running the research project “Unmapping Africa: Enlightenment Geography and the Making of Blank Spaces”, financed by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).

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Petter Hellström