Cecilia Åsberg (KTH/LiU)

Presently, Cecilia Åsberg is KTH Guest Professor in Science and Technology Studies focusing on Gender and Environment at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, and also (with 80% absence of leave) Full Professor (chair) at Gender Studies, in Gender, Nature, Culture, at Linköping University, Sweden.

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Prof. Cecilia Åsberg

In 2008 she founded The Posthumanities Hub, with a generous repatriation grant from Linköping University for Future research leaders. (Åsberg returned from Utrecht University, NL where she was Assistant Professor in Gender Studies for 3 years). The Hub formed as a research group, and postconventional platform for PhD- and postdoc training, for edited research journals and networks, and for feminist, curiosity- and diversity-driven research projects in gender and cultural studies/of science and technology in society (STS), environmental humanities, medical humanities, multispecies humanities and techno-/bio-humanties. All of them aligned kinds of human and more-than-human humanities coming together in very interdisciplinary constellations (between art and science) for grappling with specific projects and complex cases of societal and worldly relevance. With her collaborations, Åsberg has attracted over 60 m SEK in research grants from prime research funding bodies such as the European Research Council (ERC), Swedish Research Council (VR), Swedish Research Council FORMAS, Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ), Royal Swedish Academy (Vitterhetsakademin), the Nordic Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Swedish Ministry of Higher Education, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). Åsberg has supervised 14 PhD candidates, and many more MA-students in gender studies, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, environmental humanities and philosophy – areas in where she also teaches courses and gives talks.
She has done research on: the new genetics in our social imaginary; popular science communication and science in public; race, gender and adoption in the Netherlands;  cultural memory and history in public; Alzheimer’s disease between laboratory and popular culture; feminist environmental humanities; pharmaceutical drugs and how they prescribe subjectivity; toxic embodiment and environmental health; chemical and military waste and the Baltic Sea; posthuman ethics; human-animal relationships; multispecies humanities; citizen humanities; the long human and nonhuman arch of deep time with regard to intra-generational justice; and on methodological developments of the posthumanities.

Åsberg is Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press); Founding Program Director and Pi for the Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, the national environmental humanities initiative in Sweden with an international consortium of 13 universities. With Nina Lykke she is founding Co-Director of the three-university centre for gender excellence, GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. She has been the editor-in-chief of NORA: Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (Routledge:Taylor &Francis), and of sits on numerous advisory or faculty boards, and evaluation panels for academic service, in Sweden or abroad.

Networks and memberships

Åsberg heads work in networks, or participates in:

  • Posthumanities Network: Next Genderation
  • Posthumanities International Network (PIN)
  • Posthuman Science, in Posthumanism Research Network
  • Feminist posthumanities (Gexcel – including strands on feminist technoscience, media ecologies and feminist environmental humanities)
  • EASLC/ SLSA/ ATHENA / NoiSE/ InterGender/SEED BOX and other associations
  • Toxic embodiment, the Seed Box-An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory
  • The University of Würzburg’s Interfaculty Forum for Cultural Environmental and Animal Studies (IFCEAS).
  • Graduate collegium Gender Studies Humboldt University in Berlin
  • New Materialisms Cost Action Network (New materialisms across science and humanities)
  • GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies.
  • The Eco- and Bioart Research Network 
  • Queer Death Studies Network
  • The International Network for Ecocritical and Decolonial Research

Select publications over the last five years (2013-2018)

In total, over 110 publications of which 15 books and edited volumes (anthologies and scholarly journal special issues), 43 peer reviewed papers/articles, 22 peer reviewed book chapters, two translations and five scientific reports. In addition, I have an extensive list of invited talks, key notes and conference papers, some reviewed and some publicly available.

Peer-reviewed original articles (2013-2018)
  1. Åsberg, Cecilia (2018) “Feminist Posthumanities in the Anthropocene: Forays into the Postnatural”, Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media, vol 1:2,185-204.
  2. Neimanis, Astrida, Aleksija Neimanis, and Cecilia Åsberg. “Fathoming chemical weapons in the Gotland Deep.”cultural geographies 4 (2017): 631-638.
  3. Lauren LaFauci, Cecilia Åsberg, Christina Fredengren (forthcoming) “Ghosting the Baltic Sea: Chemical Weapons, Multispecies Ethics, and Untimely Entanglements, Environmental Humanities, forthcoming special issue in this journal on Deep Time Hauntings.
  4. Lorenz-Meyer, Dagmar, Åsberg, Cecilia, Fredengren, Christina, Sõrmus, Maris (2016) “Anthropocene Ecologies: Biogeotechnical Relationalities in Late Capitalism.” New Materialism Cost Action 1307 (2016).
  5. Åsberg, Cecilia, Thiele, Kathrin and van der Tuin, Iris (2015) “Speculative before the turn: Re-introducing feminist materialist performativity”, Cultural Studies Review (special issue edited by Milla Tianen, Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Illona Hongisto).Vol 21, nr 2 Sep 2015, pp 145-172.
  6. Neimanis, Astrida, Cecilia Åsberg, and Johan Hedrén (2015). “Four problems, four directions for environmental humanities: Toward critical posthumanities for the Anthropocene.” Ethics & the Environment1 (2015): 67-97.
  7. Åsberg, Cecilia (2014) “Resilience Is Cyborg: Feminist Clues to a Post-Disciplinary Environmental Humanities of Critique and Creativity” Resilience: Journal of Environmental Humanities 2014:1, 5-7.
  8. Åsberg, Cecilia (2013) “The Timely Ethics of Posthumanist Gender Studies”, feministische studien, invited for special issue Thirty Years of Feminist Studies, nr 1:2013, 7-12.


 Books and edited volumes (2013-2018)
  1. A Feminist Companion to the Posthumanities, edited with Rosi Braidotti, Springer (out 2018)
  2. Animal Places. Lively Cartographies of Human Animal Relations . Jacob Bull, Tora Holmberg, and Cecilia Åsberg (eds). (2017). Routledge: London. In the book series: Routledge’s Multispecies Encounters
  3. Glocal Pharma: International Brands and the Imagination of Local Masculinity, Routledge: Taylor & Francis (out June 2016, also as Open Access), eds. Ericka Johnson, Ebba Sjögren and Cecilia Åsberg
  4. Debates in Nordic Gender Studies: Differences within, edited with Malin Rönnblom, Routledge, Taylor & Francis), 2015.
  5. Toxic Embodiment, special issue in process for Environmental Humanoities (Duke UP), guest edited with Olga Cielemecka, slotted for publication 2019.
Book chapters (2013-2018)
  1. Cecilia Åsberg “Feminist posthumanities”, in The Posthuman Glossary, eds Rosi Braidotti and Marja Hlavajova, Bloomsbury, 2018, pp 157-160.
  2. Cecilia Åsberg (2018) “The Arena of the Body: The Cyborg and Feminist Views on Biology”, 2nd edition, in Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture: A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies. Eds Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate, Kathrin Thiele. London/NY: Routledge.
  3. Astrida Neimanis and Cecilia Åsberg “Bodies of the Now” (2017), in Visions of the Now: Stockholm Festival for Art and Technology, a multi-volume archive box with artistic and scholarly contributions edited by Anna Lundh and Julie Cirelli, Sternberg Press, Berlin. ISBN: 978-3-95679-262-5.
  4. Ericka Johnson and Cecilia Åsberg “Prescribing Relational Subjectivities”, in Gendering Drugs: Feminist Studies of Pharmaceuticals, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.
  5. Tara Mehrabi and Cecilia Åsberg “Nature in the Lab”, for “Nature” volume of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender, ed. Iris van der Tuin. (2016)
  6. Cecilia Åsberg and Tara Mehrabi 2017 “Model Territories: Choreographies of Lab Animals”, for eds. Tora Holmberg, Jacob Bull and Cecilia Åsberg, Animals and Places.
  7. Astrida Neimanis, Suzi Hayes and Cecilia Åsberg (2015) “Feminist Posthumanist Imaginaries of Climate Change” Edward Elgar Research Handbook of Climate Governance, Eds. Eva Lövbrand and Karin Bäckstrand.
  8. Åsberg, Cecilia (2014) “Imagining Posthumanities, Enlivening Feminisms”, pp-92-101 in Iris van der Tuin and Bolette Blaagaard (eds) The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Politics and Concepts, Bloomsbury Publishing. (Fall 2014)
  9. Cecilia Åsberg and Astrida Neimanis (2014) “Bodies of the Now” in Visions of the Now II, ed Julie Cirelli and Anna Lundh, Fylkingen: Royal Insitute of Art (Göteborgstryckeriet).

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