Technology and Social Change (TEMAT)

Research and education at Tema T – Technology and Social Change deals with how technology is developed and used in social contexts, as well as how technological change help shape and is shaped by cultural, political and economic processes in society.

For example, we study the role of technology in daily life and in how we understand ourselves and the world. We also study how values and norms are expressed, enacted, negotiated, transformed and reinforced in different practices and contexts where technology is developed and used. 

Research at Tema T – Technology and Social Change is divided into three research programmes. P6: Bodies, Knowledge, Subjectivities researches topics of agency, care, embodiment, knowledge practices, normativities, and subjectivities in science, medicine and other technological practices. These topics are examined from social, cultural, philosophical, and ethical perspectives, contributing to feminist theory, medical humanities, and science, technology and society studies.

STRIPE gathers researchers with an interest in the political and environmental dimensions of infrastructures such as energy, transport and waste. 

In addition to our research Tema T offers PhD education in Technology and Social Change. We offer a bachelor programme in Urban and Regional Planning (in Swedish) as well as an international Master’s programme in Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, and teach courses in theory of science, history of technology, and in medical humanities. Employees at Tema T also teach in various other programmes at all faculties.

Tema T is host for the Centre for Humans, Technology and Society (CMTS), which is responsible for integrating social science and humanities in engineering programmes at LiU. Tema T is also host for the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics (CMHB); a cross-faculty centre at LiU that aims to strengthen and develop research, teaching, and collaboration with society within the areas of medical humanities and bioethics. 


Research

Research centres

PhD Education

Education

Building in the Vallastaden, Linköping.
Thor Balkhed

Bachelor's programme in Urban and Regional Planning

View of Linköping, a city in Sweden.
knape

Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, Master's Programme

News

headshot of two female researchers.

Post-COVID syndrome made researchers combine different perspectives

In a large research project, researchers are working across disciplines to understand post-COVID from several different aspects. At the same time, they are researching the interdisciplinary process itself.

Panel discussion during scientific salon

The future of women's health in the limelight during scientific salon

An enthusiastic assembly gathered at Munkkällaren for the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics' scientific salon, focusing on the future of women's health. Over 30 guests sought inspiration, connections, and discussions on potentialities.

Portrait photo of Lisa Guntram.

New network with a focus on women's health

Researcher Lisa Guntram gets funding to launch a network dedicated to exploring and confronting the marginalisation of women's health. This will be the world's first research network on women's health with a focus on social sciences and humanities.

Lennart Nordenfelt

Lennart Nordenfelt appointed honorary doctorate

Lennart Nordenfelt has been appointed Honorary Doctor by Linköping University. Nordenfelt has been central to the development of philosophy of medicine and has contributed to the development of medical humanities from the beginning of the 1980s.

Sofia Morberg Jämterud looking exited during her lecture.

Scientific salon about the consequences of the pandemic

The pandemic created and continues to create challenges of existential and social nature as well as in care and medical setting. Such challenges occur on local, national, and global levels. The pandemic has also resulted in unexpected collaborations.

Deforestation in the shape of a human fingerprint

SEK 39 million for graduate school on just climate transition

The Just Transitions graduate school, which focuses on management and organisation for a just climate transition, has been granted SEK 39 millions over five years by Formas, the government research council for sustainable development.

Publications

Latest publications

2024

Marko Marila (2024) Nuclear Natures: A Concept Explored in Six Briefs
Marko Marila (2024) Memorial to Selfishness
Johan Niskanen, Jonas Anshelm, Simon Haikola (2024) A multi-level discourse analysis of Swedish wind power resistance, 2009-2022 Political Geography, Vol. 108, Article 103017 Continue to DOI
Thomas P. Keating (2024) The Eternal Objects of Nuclear Waste Futures More-Than-Human Aesthetics: Ventures Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature
Maria Eidenskog, Wiktoria Glad (2024) Bordering Practices in a Sustainability-Profiled Neighbourhood: Studying Inclusion and Exclusion Through Fluid and Fire Space Urban Planning, p. 1-17, Article 6972 Continue to DOI

2023

Tea Andreoletti, Marko Marila (2023) YELLOWCAKE
Marko Marila, Kristin Ilves (2023) Maritime archaeology at the University of Helsinki Celebrating 100 Years of Archaeology at the University of Helsinki: Past, Present and Future, p. 225-236
Marko Marila, Liisa Kunnas (2023) Foreword Celebrating 100 Years of Archaeology at the University of Helsinki: Past, Present and Future, p. 6-7

Calendar

6 March 2024

"Vocabularies for Thinking with Data", workshop with Tema's DataLab

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Universitetsklubben, floor 2, Vallfarten, Campus Valla

Join us for a DataLab session where we'll discuss the impact of digitalisation and datafication on our language and vocabulary. Explore the evolution of buzzwords and terms like "smart," "AI," and "cloud," and consider the importance of terminology in shaping our understanding of digital issues. Led by Julia Velkova and Ericka Johnson. Everyone is welcome and there will be fika. Register by Feb. 28 to satenik.sargsyan@liu.se.

Contacts

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Nicola Spurling, Lancaster University (UK)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Nicola Spurling, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled "Five ways with mobilities and futures" and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

Contacts

13 March 2024

Technology and Social Change Higher Seminar with Tatiana Kasperski

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Forum, Tema building, floor 2, entrance 37, Campus Valla

Tatiana Kasperski from Södertörn University, Stockholm, is invited as speaker at Technology and Social Change's higher seminar on March 13th. Her research centers on energy history, science and technology studies and memory politics in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Currently she is writing a nuclear environmental history of Ukraine, from 1930 to the present.

Contacts

21 March 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford (UK)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Tim Schwanen, Director of the Transport Studies Unit, Professor of Transport Geography in the School of Geography and the Environment, and a Supernumerary Fellow at  St Anne's College, University of Oxford, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled "The potential for a just transition to electric urban mobility: a study of four European cities" and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

Contacts

27 March 2024

Higher seminar in Technology and Social Change with Kathryn Furlong 

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Lethe, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, Campus Valla

Invited speaker at Technology and Social Change's higher seminar on 27th March is Kathryn Furlong of Montreal University in Canada. Her research focuses on the social and environmental consequences of political-economic restructuring for water management and governance, particularly at municipality level. Kathryn’s current project studies the provision of water by municipal companies and service management models in Canada.

Contacts

17 April 2024

Higher seminar in Technology and Social Change with Aurora Hoel

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Forum, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla

Invited speaker at Technology and Social Change's higher seminar is Aurora Hoel of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Aurora’s research revolves around science images and technologies of vision including topics like photography, scientific instruments, medical imaging and visualisation. She has co-edited two books on Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of technology, and brought insights from the work of the phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty into science studies.

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18 April 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Anna Nikolaeva, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Anna Nikolaeva, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled "The politics of non-knowing in just mobility transitions: A case study and research agenda" and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

Contacts

8 May 2024

Higher seminar in Technology and Social Change with Catherine Grandclément

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Lethe, floor 2, entrance 37, campus Valla

Catherine Grandclément, a sociologist working in the R&D department of the French electricity company EdF, is invited as speaker at Technology and Social Change's higher seminar on May 8th. Her research centres around studying the embedded politics of small objects like meters and appliances which act as mediators towards shaping electricity from a public service to consumer good.

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15 May 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Wojciech Kębłowski, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) 

3.15 pm – 5.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, TEMA building, Campus Valla, and Zoom

Wojciech Kębłowski, Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled "Why do we need to be critical about transport and what it means?" and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

Contacts

13 June 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Greg Marsden, University of Leeds (UK)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled “(How) does place matter to decarbonization pathways?” and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

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27 August 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Mimi Sheller, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Mimi Sheller, PhD, Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled “How can sustainable mobilities be made more just?” and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.

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Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies/Technology and Social Change, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden

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