Anna Nordenstam


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
412 55 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Anna Nordenstam

Anna Nordenstam, PhD., Professor

Current Project "Feminist Swedish Comics as Medium for Political Activism and Critique" (project leader), financed by the Swedish Research Council 2019–2022

The aim of this project is to examine the explosion of feminist comic art in Sweden, popularized by creators such as Liv Strömquist, Nina Hemmingsson, and Sara Granér, among many others. Works by these and other comics artists encompass a multitude of forms, from fiction and autobiography to satire and collage. The project is based on multidisciplinary perspectives and interdisciplinary analyses. The research questions are: 1) In what ways can the comics medium be used to express feminist politics thematically, visually and linguistically? 2) How can verbal and visual expressions of humor, satire and irony function politically? 3) How are constructions of identity, such as gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion or ability called into question or renegotiated by the affordances of the comics medium?

The project will organize an international conference in August 2022 at the University of Gothenburg:

CAF – Comics, Activism, Feminisms.

Research group:

Anna Nordenstam, (project leader), University of Gothenburg

Kristy Beers Fägersten, Södertörn University

Mike Frangos, Linneaus University

Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Karlstad Universitet

Maria Margareta Österholm, Universitet of Stockholm

Research project : ”A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art", financed by The Foundation of Baltic and East European Studies 2018-2022. Project leader prof. Kristy Beers Fägersten, prof. Södertörn University. Members: Anna Nordenstam, University of Gothenburg, Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Karlstads University, Elizabeth Nijdam, University of Michigan, Leena Romu, University of Tampere, José Alaniz, University of Washington.

Research project: ”Easy reading? A study about easy readers for young adults” together with prof. Christina Olin-Scheller, Karlstad University.