Dr Ing-Marie Back Danielsson

Visiting Research Fellow

Archaeology offers the possibility of engaging with the past and material culture in an infinite number of ways – methodically, theoretically, practically, through bodily senses, pedagogically, from multidisciplines, etc. This is why I got interested in archaeology in the first place.

Qualifications

PhD, BA, BSc

Overview

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, archaeology is not only about the past. I soon realized that through inviting different interpretations of the past a creative potential is realized, enabling different interpretations and perspectives of the present. The great variety of research topics within the archaeological discipline itself allows my research interests to be diverse. These include archaeologies of contemporary death, the history of archaeology and archaeological approaches to sex, gender and corporealities in the past, specifically in Late Iron Age Scandinavia (ca AD 550-1050). Recent publications have also focused on memory and materiality, discussed through Late Iron Age boat-graves, figurines and masking practices.

Teaching

During recent years I have led, organized, and taught archaeological courses at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. I lecture to both undergraduates and graduates on, for instance, method and theory in archaeology, gender theory, and Scandinavian Iron Age artifacts. I have also supervised a number of undergraduate theses.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching aims are to achieve deep learning and to acknowledge and embrace diversity. I also hold the view that teaching if possible should be enjoyable for all parties involved. In my work as a teacher I am also interested in using pedagogical methods that enhance critical reflexivity and encourage the development of an emancipatory potential, and as such can be described as feminist pedagogies. Such methods include, for example, student-centered journals, radio show presentations, coaching archaeology through panels, and class room strategies for unmasking the partial and situated knowledge (see Haraway 1988) of archaeologists, course texts, and lecturer, as well as the course participants themselves.

Pedagogical Education

My pedagogical education consists of having taken the University Pedagogy 1 course in 2008, University Pedagogy 2 in 2010, a Postgraduate Supervision course in 2010 and lastly University Pedagogy 3 (to be completed) in 2011 at Stockholm University.

Research

I received my PhD in archaeology from Stockholm University in 2007. Currently, I work as a post doc researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, with the project “Ways of Being, Ways of Dying”. In this project I investigate how the personas, or characters, of dead people were created in four different Late Iron Age contexts, and more importantly how and what kind of social relationships were expressed through material culture in these situations.

My first post doc project “Facets of Identity, Facets of Society” aimed at analyzing how and why remains of human and animal bodies, commonly in the shape of cremated skeletal materials, were re-used in non-burial circumstances during the Late Iron Age in Middle Sweden, and most importantly, how these procedures constituted expressions of identities and personhoods.

Published work

Published work

 

Books

2000. Härjad hög i Hallunda. Arkeologisk undersökning av anläggning 34 från yngre järnålder på gravfält RAÄ 75, Hallunda, Botkyrka sn, Södermanland. [A Ravaged Mound in Hallunda. An Archaeological Excavation of Monument 34 from the Late Iron Age on Burial Ground RAÄ 75, Hallunda, Botkyrka parish, Södermanland.] SAR, Vol. 7. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2007. Masking Moments: The Transitions of Bodies and Beings in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

Manuscript 2011. Norsborgsparken – hög 10 och grav 21, RAÄ 8, Botkyrka sn, Södermanland. SAR. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

Chapters in Books

2011.  Much Ado About Nothing. Gender Research within Archaeology. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M. and Thedéen, S. (eds) To Tender Gender – the Pasts and Futures of Gender Research. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2010. Sense and Sensibility: Masking Practices in Late Iron Age Boat-Graves. In: Fahlander, F. and Kjellström, A. (eds) Making Sense of Things. Archaeologies of Sensory Perception, 121–140. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2010. Go Figure! Creating Intertwined Worlds in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. In: Gheorgiou, D. and Cyphers, A. (eds). Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic Miniature Figures in Eurasia, Africa and Meso-America Morphology, materiality, technology, function and context, 79–90. Archaeopress: Oxford.

 

2009. A rare analogy. Contemporary Cremation Practices. On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck], 57–80. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. and Thedéen, S. (eds). Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2009. Preface. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. and Thedéen, S. (eds) On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century. [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck], 8–12. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2008. Identity, Community, the Body and the Person in Later Prehistory. In: Jones, A. (ed.) Prehistoric Europe, theory and practice, 312–329. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology. Blackwell: Malden, MA.

 

2003. Ingenious Ignition: “Flame, I’m gonna live forever” and other movie rhythms shaking Late Iron Age bodies on the road. In: Bergstøl, J. (ed.) Scandinavian archaeological practice – in theory. Proceedings from the 6th Nordic TAG, Oslo 2001, 40–57. Oslo.

 

2002. (Un)Masking Gender – Gold Foil (Dis)Embodiments in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. In: Hamilakis, Y., Plucenniks, M. & Tarlow, S. (eds) Thinking Through the Body, 171—191. London: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

 

2000. Om Pettersson, samiska trummor och Hitlers bunker. Bland annat. [On Pettersson, Saami Drums and Hitler’s Bunker. Among Other Things]. In: Fahlander, F., Kristiansen, K. & Nordbladh, J. (eds). Texter om arkeologisk kulturmiljövård, [Texts on Archaeological Cultural Heritage Management], 1–16. Göteborg: Göteborg University.

 

1999. Bodies of Difference: Shamanships and Genders in Iron Age Scandinavia. In: Åkerlund, A. (red). Pågående avhandlingsarbeten vid Arkeologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 10.

 

1998. Norsborg och Skrävsta i Botkyrka. Makt i monument och materiell kultur. [Norsborg and Skrävsta. Power through Monuments and Material Culture].  In: Fredengren, C. & Tarsala, I. (eds). Aktuell arkeologi VI, 31–40.

 

1998. Sanning och konsekvens. Synvinklat om vi och dom. Nu och då. [Truth and consequences. Aspects on ”us” and ”them”. Now and in the past.]. In: Lundström, I. & Foldøy, O. (eds) Nordisk Museifestival 1998 i Stavanger, 42–47. Stavanger.

 

Edited Books

2011. Back Danielsson, I.-M. & Thedéen, S. (eds) To Tender Gender – the Pasts and Futures of Gender Research. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

2009. Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. and Thedéen, S. (eds) On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century. [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck]. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

 

Journal Articles

2011. Presenting the Past. On Archaeologists and Their Contribution to Current Burial Practices. Mortality.

 

2010. Liten lurifax i Lejre. In: Arkaeologisk Forum: 22, pp. 30-33.

 

2006. Review of the book “Prehistoric Pictures”. Fornvännen, 45–47.

 

2002. Review of the book “The Excavations at Wijnaldum. Fornvännen, 123–124.

 

2001. Hemdrup-staven – ett nytt tolkningsförslag. [The Hemdrup staff – a new interpretation] Fornvännen, 73–77.

 

1999. Engendering Performance in the Late Iron Age. Current Swedish Archaeology. Vol. 7, 7–20.