The Posthumanities Hub is a research group and a platform for postdisciplinary humanities and more-than-human humanities, for philosophy, arts and sciences informed by advanced cultural critique and some seriously humourous feminist creativity. In our research, we specialize in the more-than-human condition and inventive feminist new materialist philosophies. This entails work in environmental humanities, human animal studies, multispecies ethics, geohumanities, cultural studies and new media, digital and techno-humanities, gender and body studies, medical humanities and environmental health, the posthuman, a-human, inhuman, nonhuman, and trans-, queer or anti-imperialist theory-practices, feminist science studies, and other inter- and/or postdisciplinary areas of researching a complex and changing world that does not admit to old academic divisions of labour (ie, that research on “culture” is for humanities and “nature” for science.) We work to meet up with pressing societal challenges, aross the natureculture divide and target specific cases. Curiously, creatively and critically.
Beacause, as Bruno Latour (2004: 231) stated “there is no greater intellectual crime than to address with the equipment of an older period the challenges of the present one. “
Besides a group of PhD-candidates, postdocs and senior researchers that work intensely together, The Posthumanities Hub is also a network site of lively forms of postdisciplinary sciences and more-than-human humanities, visiting scholars (coming to us in Sweden, or us visiting other universities). We host networks like The Posthumanities Network: Next Genderation, Posthumanities International Network (PIN), The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, and co-host New Materialisms (an EU Cost Action of Utrecht University), and Posthumanism Research Network (of Brock University, Canada). Launched in 2008 as part of the Linköping University initiative in Future Research Leaders, the Posthumanities Hub is a welcoming meeting place for diverse scholars founded by Prof Cecilia Åsberg. It sprung out of intense interest in interdisciplinary postgraduate/PhD training, cross-university activism and international team-work in gender studies, the humanities and feminist and transdisciplinary bridge-building activities.
How We Run the Hub
Prof. Dr Cecilia Åsberg is founder and director of the Hub, head of the research group and running the super-networked platform together with her team. Her main focus in the Hub is capacity building, training, teaching and mentoring junior scholars, students and guest researchers in the societally versatile and situated practices of posthumanities. Of course this entails transformative research and pioneering research practices across many interdisciplinary arts and sciences with a societal outlook. Cecilia is Professor in Gender Studies, the chair of Gender, nature, culture at Linköping University (Department of Thematic Studies), Sweden; Professor II (20%) at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway; recently KTH guest professor (70% at Historical Studies of Science, Technology and Environment) and now affiliate/guest (of ie SEED Department of Sustainability Science and Environmental Engineering, the KTH Gender Network, and EECS) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm; and Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Read more about Åsberg and her publications.
Dr. Jesse Peterson is presently the new postdoc and key co-cordinator of The Posthumanities Hub, working 20% with academic coordination since fall 2022. His postdoc position at Gender studies, Linköping University, focus on how value, meaning and purpose get ascribed to environmental change and loss of bio-diversity in contemporary and historical settings. Such an environmental humanities ethos, and his skills in creative analysis and methodologies, also informed his previos postdoctoral work at SLU’s Department of Ecology in Uppsala, Sweden, where he worked on loss of biological diversity and science-society communication. Dr Peterson finished his PhD on algea blooms in the Baltic Sea (“Excessive Seas”) at KTH, Division of Historical studies of science, technology and environment, from where he early on connected the Hub, the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab and the Seed Box graduate school. Together with Prof Åsberg, he is now editing a special issue of JAGE (Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics) on the blue humanities and sea farming.
Dr. Marietta Radomska, is a long-standing team member and with special responsibility with regards to the Hub’s multi-university and multi-media platforms. Dr Radomska is head of one of the Hub’s sub-research group Eco- and Bioart Lab, Linköping University, Sweden. Part of the Hub’s efforts to build capacity and train versatile future scholars, Dr Radomska is on track towards becoming senior scholar (PhD in 2016). Dr Radomska has held Hub positions such as co-cordinator and co-director. Now, she runs the EBL and, together with Åsberg and the Hub team, the EBL and Posthumanities Hub webinars, and edits with Åsberg the new book series More-than-human humanities (Taylor&Francis).
Tetiana Priadkina works as adjunct lecturer at Gender Studies, LiU, Sweden, arriving from Ukraine with her family in 2022. She is presently working with administration of The Posthumanities Hub, skillfully assisting with the Hub’s communications and social media platforms, welcoming visiting scholars and part of the new coordinative Hub team.
Dr. Janna Holmstedt, postdoctoral researcher, indedependent fine artist and artistic researcher with a focus on feminist environmental humanities, soil art research. Previously artistic director and coordinator of the Hub (at KTH Royal Insitute of Technology in Stockholm), she worked with platform assistance. Presently she is head and project leader of the Hub sub-research group Humus Economicus, at Sweden’s Historical Museums, and Independent Fine Artist.
Dr. Lina Rahm, Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and postdoctoral fellow in technohumanities and social history of education, reciever of Ragnar Holm Foundation Postdoc Award, Royal Institute of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Stockholm.
Dr. Adam Wickberg, platform and social media assistance, KTH postdoctoral fellow in media history at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and visiting scholar of the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin.
Professor Christina Fredengren, Professor Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, archeologist and senior researcher, strategic platform advisor also with Stockholm University, Sweden.