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Berit Åström

Associate Professor of English Literature. My research is in gender studies and cultural studies with a focus on motherhood studies. 

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Associate professor at Department of Language Studies Units: English
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A, Humanisthuset, korridor HE2 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I teach literature, language proficiency, academic writing and cultural studies, and supervise BA and MA theses. I also supervise doctoral students.

My research is in the fields of gender studies and cultural studies. In recent years I have mainly been working with motherhood studies, particularly the representation of mothers in literature, film and television. This has resulted in articles, for example, on the cultural suspicion towards breastmilk in advice literature for new mothers and on adulterous mothers in crime fiction.

The trope of the dead or absent mother has also fascinated me. I have published several articles on absent mothers in television melodrama and animated films. In June 2015, I organised an international conference on the subject, in which scholars from eleven countries and three continents participated. The project has resulted in an anthology, The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead, which was published by Palgrave in August 2017.

I am a member of the steering committe for The Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies

Single parents: representations and resistance in an international context, Palgrave Macmillan 2021 : 1-28
Bergnehr, Disa; Åström, Berit
Imagining motherhood in the twenty-first century, London: Routledge 2021 : 97-113
Åström, Berit
Single parents: representations and resistance in an international context, Palgrave Macmillan 2021 : 87-109
Åström, Berit
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Dagenham: Science Fiction Foundation 2019, Vol. 48, (134) : 19-31
Åström, Berit
Handmaids, tributes, and carers: dystopian females' roles and goals, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018 : 2-17
Åström, Berit
Women - A Cultural Review, Abingdon: Routledge 2018, Vol. 29, (1) : 112-128
Åström, Berit
The absent mother in the cultural imagination: missing, presumed dead, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2017 : 241-258
Åström, Berit
The absent mother in the cultural imagination: missing, presumed dead, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2017 : 1-21
Åström, Berit
Absent mothers, Bradford: Demeter Press 2017 : 7-16
Åström, Berit
Att konstruera en kvinna: berättelser om normer, flickor och tanter, Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2016 : 79-98
Åström, Berit
Journal of Gender Studies, Taylor & Francis 2015, Vol. 24, (5) : 574-586
Åström, Berit
Feminist Media Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2015, Vol. 15, (4) : 593-607
Åström, Berit
Journal of Children and Media, Taylor & Francis Group 2015, Vol. 9, (3) : 294-307
Åström, Berit
The Mother-Blame Game, Toronto: Demeter Press 2015 : 204-218
Åström, Berit
Literature and medicine, Vol. 33, (1) : 113-131
Åström, Berit
Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013 : 97-113
Åström, Berit
Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013 : 1-18
Åström, Berit; Gregersdotter, Katarina; Horeck, Tanya
Transformative Works and Cultures, Organization for Transformative Works 2011, (8)
Gregersdotter, Katarina; Isaksson, Malin; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; et al.
Journal of Gender Studies, Routledge 2011, Vol. 20, (2) : 125-137
Åström, Berit
Transformative Works and Cultures, Organization for Transformative Works 2010, Vol. 4
Åström, Berit
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG 2008
Åström, Berit
LMS - Lingua, Vol. 4
Åström, Berit
Medieval Feminist Forum, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship 1999, Vol. 27, (1) : 24-27
Åström, Berit
Studia Neophilologica, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oxford, Boston: Scandinavian University Press 1998, Vol. 70, (1) : 25-34
Åström, Berit

Research projects

30 June 2014 until 31 December 2014
1 August 2011 until 31 July 2013