Johan Östling

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Director for the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK)

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Humanities
  • History


I am an Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Wallenberg Academy Fellow and since 2020 Director of the newly established Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK).

My research is mainly devoted to the history of knowledge, but I have a more general interest in the intellectual, political and cultural history of modern Europe, including the history of the university, historiography and biography.

After having studied and carried out research at the universities of Gothenburg, Uppsala, Sussex, Tübingen and Berlin, I defended my doctoral thesis about Swedish experiences of Nazism in the wake of Second World War at Lund University in 2008. My dissertation was awarded several prizes, including the Clio Prize and the Nils Klim Prize. In 2016 a revised English translation was published by Berghahn Books, Sweden After Nazism: Politics and Culture in the Wake of the Second World War.

My main postdoctoral project was devoted to the Humboldtian tradition in modern Germany, not least when I, as a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin (2013–2014). My research resulted in my second monograph, published in English in 2018 as Humboldt and the Modern German University: An Intellectual History (Lund University Press/Manchester University Press).

In recent years I have in close co-operation with my colleagues been engaged in establishing the history of knowledge in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic countries. We have created a research environment at Lund (see and our first joint book was published in 2018, Circulation of Knowledge, and our second volume in 2020, Forms of Knowledge.

In 2019 I took up a position as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. Together with two postdoctoral researchers I will in the years to come investigate how knowledge in the humanities was reshaped and changed as it moved and circulated in the postwar society.




Recent research outputs

David Larsson Heidenblad & Johan Östling, 2021 May 2, Sydsvenskan.

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Johan Östling, 2021 Apr 23, Svenska Dagbladet.

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Johan Östling, 2021 Mar 2, (Accepted/In press) In: History of Humanities.

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