Katarina Bernhardsson

Senior Lecturer


I am a literary scholar and have a special interest in depictions of illness, which was the topic for my dissertation Litterära besvär ('Literary Ills', published 2010). 2017 I was appointed as lecturer in Medical Humanities, which is the first position of its kind in Sweden. The position’s concentration is towards literature and medicine, and within it I teach at the Medical Programme, supervise, research and also do some level of coordination.

My interest for the field is broad, and both in my dissertation and in the book Culture and Health – A Wider Horizon (ed. Ola Sigurdson) I have given introductory overviews of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine, and to some extent contributed to the establishment of them in Sweden. Presently I study autobiographical illness narratives, so called pathographies, with an emphasis on Swedish matieral, but I also continue to publish shorter literary studies. I am also interested in multi-disciplinary contexts and how literature and literary scholarship can find a place within the field.

I am a member of the steering committee of “Nordic Network for Narratives and Medicine”, part of the research group  ”Health, Art and Society”, tied to Tromsø University, and I contribute to arrangements within Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine nationally. I have earlier worked both within history of the university and scientific publishing. Within Literary History, I was one of the editors for the volume En lundensisk litteraturhistoria ('A Lundensian Literary History'), published in connection with Lund University’s 350th anniversary. 

Recent research outputs

Katarina Bernhardsson, Björkman, J., Olsson, J. & Johan Östling, 2017 Feb 8, Curie.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

Katarina Bernhardsson (ed.), Göran Bexell (ed.), Daniel Möller (ed.) & Johan Stenström (ed.), 2017, Göteborg: Makadam förlag. 504 p. (Årsbok för Lunds universitetshistoriska sällskap; vol. 2018)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)

Johan Östling, Katarina Bernhardsson, Björkman, J. & Olsson, J., 2017, Folkbildning & Forskning: Årsbok 2017. Stockholm: Föreningen för folkbildningsforskning, (Folkbildning & Forskning).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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