Annika Berg

annika_bergBerg is a researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University and Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor in History of Ideas at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University. Her research interests include the social, cultural and political history of medicine, healthcare and psychiatry, and are also directed towards postcolonial issues and gender history. After defending her PhD dissertation (Den gränslösa hälsan: Signe och Axel Höjer, folkhälsan och expertisen) in 2009, she has been occupied with several parallel research projects focusing on the limits of citizenship in relation to psychiatric patients with ambiguous diagnoses, on the history of Swedish development assistance, and on scientific personae and travel in the twentieth century.


Negotiating normality: A comparative study of ethical debates on prenatal diagnostics

This subproject focuses on discussions on the ethics and economics of prenatal diagnosis, that is on negotiations of value in a broad sense, in relation to the introduction of new diagnostic technologies in Sweden ca 1960-2018. It will also take a closer, comparative look at discussions in Sweden and Denmark in the last 25 years or so, in order to explore how quite different practices of both using and taking the consequences of prenatal diagnostics have emerged in the two neighbouring, and in many respects very similar, countries.

Publications and presentations:

• ”Rays of death and visions of life: Risk evaluation and the framing of ultrasound as a safe technology for prenatal diagnosis", paper presentation, Valuations of Life: Birth defects, prenatal diagnosis, and disability, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, September 25–26, 2018.

• “An acceptable eugenics? Ethical debates on prenatal diagnostics in Sweden and Denmark, ca 1980–2010" (title in transl.), paper presentation, Swedish Historians’ Meeting (Svenska historikermötet), Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, May 10–12, 2017.


Valuations of life: Birth defects, prenatal diagnosis, and disability. An international workshop at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, September 25–26, 2018, co-organized with Maria Björkman and Helena Franzén. Read more