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Astrid von Rosen

Senior Lecturer

Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Astrid von Rosen

Astrid von Rosen is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies, at the Department of Cultural Sciences (KUV), University of Gothenburg. She is also a Research Coordinator for the Staging the Archives cluster, within Critical Heritage Studies (CHS), Gothenburg University. For more information on CHS please follow this link:

A former classical and contemporary dancer, von Rosen is interested in the intersections of artistic and academic research, particularly in the fields of dance and scenography. Her doctoral thesis (2010) explores the work of Sweden’s first professional scenographer, Knut Ström, through a “web of translations” oscillating between body, image and language. von Rosen’s current research centres on critically informed ways of investigating theatrical events from the perspective of scenography. See ”Scenografera Sillgateteatern: Ett spel mellan kropp, bild och språk” in Lidenskap eller levebrød? Utøvende kunst i endring rundt 1800 (2015), and ”Koreografi, komplexitet och kritisk rörlighet. En undersökning av barndomens närvaro i dansteaterverket Kung Oidipus”, Arche (2014). A central concern in von Rosen’s ongoing research is the activation of so-called visual archives, aiming at foregrounding dance practices and expressions that have been marginalized in the historiography. See “Staging Collaboration: Beginnings” in Dance as Critical Heritage: Archives, Access, Action (2014) and “Ambulare: To Walk, to Keep Walking” in Architecture, Photography and the Contemporary Past (2014). The theme of subjectivity and methodology in relation to artistic practice does find itself at the core of von Rosen’s scholarly interests. See “Dansa med bilder: Att artikulera kroppens kunskap i livsberättelser om dans” in Personligt talat (2014).

As part of a trans-disciplinary research group she works on “Turning points and continuity: the changing roles of performance in society 1880-1925”, which is a three-year project, financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR). During 2013–2015 von Rosen leads the trans-diciplinary project “Dream-Playing: accessing the non-texts of Strindberg’s A Dream Play in Düsseldorf 1915–18”. She is also developing a project on the non-institutional, or “free”, dance of Gothenburg during the 1980s.