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Britas Nathan Olof Benjamin Eriksson

Doctoral student

Britas Nathan Olof Benjamin Eriksson
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 4563

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41256 Göteborg

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Britas Nathan Olof Benjamin Eriksson

I was born in Ljusnarsberg but grew up in the city of Västerås in Västmanland and moved to the city of Uppsala when I was 19 years old. After studying different subjects ranging from Art History to Practical Philosophy and History, I finished my bachelor degree in the History of Science and Ideas at the University of Uppsala. After working a couple of years providing health care for chronically ill people, I continued my studies in the History of Ideas and Science and finished my Master-degree (2 years) in the same department. I have also assisted the Hans Rausing-professor (at the department for History of Science in Uppsala) and edited Peter Dears Hans Rausing-lecture “Laminates of time: Darwin, Classification, and Selection” for the publication Salvia. I was hired as a PhD-student at the department for Litterature, History of Ideas and Religion the first of September 2014.

My master-thesis was titled Participation as Pedagogy – Imagined Race and the Exhibit of Swedish People-Types (2013) under the supervision of Sven Widmalm. The essay described an ambulating social exhibit that toured Sweden in 1919. In the essay I describe the exhibit and what it taught its audience but primarily I focus on the pedagogical rationality that formed the exhibit as a participatory media. I also describe how the exhibit helped construct an imagined community in the form of an imagined “pure Nordic type”.

Most of my studies have revolved around Swedish race-biology from the first part of the 20th century. My interests also include the History of Science in general and how scientific knowledge has been historically separated from other types of knowing. Another interest of mine is the debate and discrepancy between research conducted in the discipline of Evolutionary Biology and how the public perceives concepts used in this discipline, such as; evolutionary processes, Biology in general, Genetics, and heredity.

My current project revolves around swedish race-science from the early 20th century and its connections with the spread of genealogical practices amongst the general public in the first half of the century. 

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