Knowledge, Production and Movement

In the past few years, I have focused on the production and movement of knowledge in the form of forensic evidence. I have followed forensic evidence through the Swedish criminal justice system, from the crime scene to the courtroom, and I have studied crime scene technicians’ training. There, I have been able to analyze the negotiations and translations necessary for forensic evidence to move between so disparate professions as police investigators, forensic scientists, prosecutors, and crime scene technicians without losing meaning.

I the new project, I will – together with my coparticipants – widen the focus and study the negotiations and translations that make the movement of knowledge between contexts possible in other fields, namely veterinarian forensics, occupational health services, and parental education.

We want to develop a vocabulary with which to understand, talk about, and facilitate the movement of knowledge.





Victor Toom, Matthias Wienroth, Amade Mcharek, Barbara Prainsack, Robin Williams, Troy Duster, Torsten Heinemann, Corinna Kruse, Helena Machado, Erin Murphy (2016) Letter: Approaching ethical, legal and social issues of emerging forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP) technologies comprehensively: Reply to Forensic DNA phenotyping: Predicting human appearance from crime scene material for investigative purposes by Manfred Kayser in FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, vol 22, issue , pp E1-E4 Forensic Science International: Genetics, Vol. 22, p. E1-E4 Continue to DOI



Research Projects

New Book


Selected Publications

"Being a Crime Scene Technician in Sweden" in Ilana Gershon (ed)  A World of Work - Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs. Cornell University Press.

"The Bayesian approach to forensic evidence: Evaluating, communicating, and distributing responsibility." Social Studies of Science 43(5): 657-680.

"Producing Absolute Truth: CSI Science as Wishful Thinking." American Anthropologist 112(1): 79-91.


CV in short

Docent (Reader) in Social Anthropology, Linköping University

PhD in Technology and Social Change from Linköping University  

MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Hamburg University 


  • Antroforum (Coordinator) 
  • P6:Body, Knowledge, Subjectivity


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