Helena Tinnerholm Ljungberg

Tinnerholm Ljungberg is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University. In 2015 she defended her PhD thesis in political science on how the issue of assisted reproduction was managed and problematized in Swedish policymaking between 1981 and 2005. Among her research interests are the politics of family and reproduction, feminism, and the relationship between politics, ethics, and medicine. In her current project, Tinnerholm Ljungberg aims to map out and analyze the origins and development of the research ethics committees in Sweden.

 

 

POST-DOCTORAL PROJECTS

Regulating reproductive research: The emergence of ethical guidelines and committees in Sweden

This project explores the emergence and institutionalization of medical-ethical research regulation and committees in Sweden, from the middle of the 1960s and onwards. The project is empirically focused on the Swedish medical corps and its self-regulating practices as well as on the ethical pre-review system of medical human research, and how they were discussed by researchers, politicians, and in the public debate in the 1960s and 1970s. Special attention is given to the ethical review process and debates surrounding reproductive research. The main research questions focus on how medical research was represented as an ethical problem, how solutions to these problems were articulated, and how specific values were produced and re-produced in the process.

Publications and presentations:

• “Regulating reproductive research: The emergence of ethical guidelines and committees in Sweden”, presentation at seminar organized by Feminist and Critical Studies in Politics, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1 December, 2017.

The trouble of sex: Political debates about prenatal diagnosis and sex-information in Sweden

This sub-project analyses Swedish political debates about sex-information through prenatal diagnosis from the end of the 1980s and onwards. The political debates took place against the background of the Swedish abortion law, which allows women the right to abortion until the end of pregnancy week 18, while prenatal diagnosis may reveal sex-information at earlier stages of the pregnancy. The aim of the project is to explore how access to information about the unborn’s sex has been politically debated and regulated in Sweden. By drawing on theoretical insights from feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) this project analyses sex-information as a kind of unwanted “trouble” in the political debate.

Publications and presentations:

• (with Lisa Lindén), “The trouble of sex: Political debates about sex-determination through prenatal diagnosis”, Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (forthcoming, 2018).

• “Putting feminist STS to work: The political debate about sex-determination of the unborn”, paper presentation at seminar organized by Feminist and Critical Studies in Politics, Stockholm University, Sweden, 9 June, 2017.

Email: helena.tinnerholm.ljungberg@idehist.uu.se