Visual Studies

Theories of visual culture and visual studies provide the main umbrella concepts for my research. As a form of social and cultural theory, visual studies questions and analyzes taken for granted, everyday visual practices. My research asks questions such as: Who can look at whom and who is allowed to be seen? 

The broad theoretical scope of visual studies brings together images, gaze, materiality, visualization, and the institutionalization of the visual in the everyday life of both humans and non-humans. A particular focus is on the ways in which norms and values are reproduced in and through the visual.

I research visual culture in combination with the topics of child culture, consumption, sexuality, materiality, children and childhood and visual research methods. I am especially interested in the ways in which these topics intertwine, entangle and cut against one another (see below).

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Sexuality

Upcoming book: Children, Sexuality and Visual Culture: Enacting the Pedophilic Gaze (Palgrave).

What do children know about sexuality? Do they know anything? What should they know? Recent research points out that even young children between six and twelve years old relate to the topic of sex and sexuality on an everyday basis. My interest in young children and sexuality concerns so-called "normal" sexuality. Theoretically, my research is part of Sexuality Studies, the research field which emphasizes social and cultural understandings of sexuality. 

A key concept and research topic is pedophilication and the normalization of the pedophilic gaze. My key proposition is that the pedophilic gaze has become a norm, on the basis of which children’s and adults’ worlds are ordered and structured in practice. I focus on and unpack this topic in my forthcoming book: Children, Sexuality and Visual Culture: Enacting the Pedophilic Gaze (Palgrave).

Research articles 

Sparrman, A. (2015). Seeing (with) the ‘sexy’ body: young children visual enactment of sexuality. In Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose and Danielle Egan (Eds.), Children sexuality and the ‘sexualization’ of culture, pp. UK: Palgrave.

Sparrman, Anna (2014). Access and gatekeeping in researching children’s sexuality: Mess in ethics and methods. Sexuality & Culture, 18(2): 291-309.

 

 

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Visual research methods

Visual methods have become more or less a research field in itself. Methodologically I work with (visual) ethnography, video recordings, photo-elicited focus group discussions, scrap books, children's drawings, visual analysis of images from all genres, GPS, and visualizations on Internet. 
 
I am also interested in the productivity of research methods, that is, what methodological dilemmas can tell us about the topics we are researching. For example, what do our experiences in using ethnographic methods tell us about child culture or sexuality? This interest can be described as researching about research. Theoretically and methodologically my analytic work brings together  visual culture with ideas from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Deleuze
 
Eye with blue pupil
TEMA_visuell-metod_oga
Video lins
Technology is important when making visual ethnography Istock Photo
Little girl selling lemonade
Children as consumers and producers. Istock Photo
A doll in a backpack
The material child culture. Istock Photo
Research article by Anna sparrman
Sparrman, Anna, Samuelsson, Tobias, Lindgren, Anne-Li and David Cardell (2016). The ontological practices of child culture. Childhood, 23(2): 255-271.     Sparrman, Anna (2014). Access and gatekeeping in researching children’s sexuality: Mess in ethics and methods. Sexuality & Culture, 18(2): 291-309.  

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CV
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CV, assignments & networks

CV in short

2013
Professor in Child Studies, Linköping university
2009
Docent in Child Studies, Linköping university
2002
PhD in Child Studies, Linköping university

Teaching

Child Studies, Master´s Programme
International online-master in Child Studies- Sociological perspectives on children and childhood and Children, gender and sexuality

PhD Programme in Child Studies

Assignments

  • Board member of Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University
  • Board member of the Swedish Arts Council.
  • Board member of Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS)
  • Board member of the research council at the Swedish Museum of technology, Stockholm.
  • Scientific Advisory Panel for MISTRA-SAMS

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Open invitation
Application deadline: April 1st

Social Psychology of Family Life

PhD Summer School 9. – 12. July 2019
(apologies for cross-posting)

The European Society of Family Relations (ESFR) and the PhD program Social Psychology of Everyday Life at Roskilde University offers a four-day international summer school from July 9th until July 12th, 2019.
The summer school will serve as framework for the exchange of ideas and experiences related to the different processes of a PhD project but first and foremost it will be a place to share and develop concepts, methodologies, and perspectives relevant to the field of family research.

Apply and see full program

Invited workshop conveners:

Professor, Dr. Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University
Professor, Dr. Anna Sparrman, Tema Barn, Linköping University
Associate professor, Dr. Roy Moodley, University of Toronto

Keynotes by
Associate professor, Dr. Dorte Kousholt, DPU, Aarhus University
Professor, Dr. Charlotte Højholt, Roskilde University
Associate professor, Dr. Pernille Juhl, Roskilde University
Associate professor, Dr. Allan Westerling, Roskilde University

Local workshop conveners.
Associate professor, Dr. Rashmi Singla, Roskilde University
Associate professor, Dr. Pernille Juhl, Roskilde University
Associate professor, Dr. Allan Westerling, Roskilde University


Supervision
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