Hampus Östh Gustafsson

Researcher at Department of History of Science and Ideas

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P

Postal address:
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Researcher in History of Science and Ideas. Currently engaged in a project on collegiality as a form of governance and the synchronization of temporalities in university politics c. 1850–1920.

Research Fellow at the Vossius Centre for History of Humanities and Science, University of Amsterdam (2022).

In 2021, I defended my doctoral thesis on the legitimacy of the 20-century humanities in Swedish politics of knowledge.

Keywords: history of education history of humanities historiography history of knowledge politics of knowledge history of universities crisis democracy

PhD, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2021.
A review of my doctoral dissertation is available in Nordic Journal of Educational History.

Visiting doctoral student, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, 2017.

MA, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2014.

Erasmus student, History, University of Manchester, 2011.

My research interests are focused on the history of universities, the societal value of the human sciences, and the modern politics of knowledge.

In my doctoral thesis, I examined how the humanities were legitimised in Swedish society during the 20th century, thus attempting to historicise the recurring notion of the so-called 'crisis in the humanities'. The thesis also sheds new light on the shifting relationship between the humanities and democracy, thereby bringing further nuances to the ongoing debates on the state and legitimacy of the humanities. Comparative studies on the history of humanities have emerged as an ambitious field of research in recent years. By avoiding a limited focus on individual humanistic disciplines, my thesis deepens our understanding of the role assigned to knowledge in modern politics.

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Hampus Östh Gustafsson