Per Lundin

Associate professor/Docent
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General Background
Per Lundin, b. 1971, holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics (1999) and gained his PhD in History of Technology (2008) at the Division of the History of Science and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. In his doctoral thesis Bilsamhället: Ideologi, expertis och regelskapande i efterkrigstidens Sverige (The Car Society: Ideology, Expertise and Rule-making in Post-War Sweden) Lundin argues that planning experts played a key role in the physical adaptation of cities and societies to the car in post-war Sweden. The thesis was awarded Johan Nordström and Sten Lindroth’s Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work in the History of Ideas in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed docent (i.e. associate professor) in Economic History at Uppsala University.

During 2007–2008 Lundin was research leader of the large-scale documentation project “From Computing Machines to IT,” which was carried out in collaboration with the Swedish Computer Society, KTH, and the National Museum of Science and Technology. The project aimed to create, collect, preserve, and disseminate sources on how computing shaped and transformed Swedish society between 1950 and 1980. For this purpose it adopted a user-centered perspective on computing. The project, in which 16 researchers participated, resulted in about 160 oral history interviews, 50 witness seminars and 230 collected autobiographies. The material is available at the web page: http://ithistoria.se/ (http://ithistoria NULL.se/). In addition, Lundin and the participating researchers developed and refined research tools and methods for documenting users and use. In 2012 Lundin published the peer-reviewed monograph Computers in Swedish Society: Documenting Early Use and Trends, which contextualizes, describes, and evaluates the project and its results.

During 2007–2010 Lundin participated as a researcher in the ESF-funded project “European Ways of Life in the American Century: Mediating Consumption and Technology in the Twentieth Century.” In this project he investigated the Scandinavian model of leisure and its changing ideologies during the short twentieth century with the separate summer home as a point of departure. He currently co-edits the project’s synthesizing book with the working title “Technologies of Consumption: Europe in the American Century,” which is forthcoming on Palgrave Macmillan.

In 2010 Lundin published the co-edited book Science for Welfare and Warfare: Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden. The book investigates the establishment of state-led science and technology in the economic and industrial development of Cold War Sweden. The contributing authors examine how the state gradually took on a new role during and after the Second World War, how this role was justified and how it thoroughly transformed the Swedish society and economy over a few decades.

Lundin has presented more than thirty academic papers at national and international conferences and workshops. He has about forty-five publications and his research has attracted attention in media (daily and weekly papers, professional journals, radio channels and blogs) with national coverage. Furthermore, Lundin has communicated his research in more than forty public lectures and panel discussions. His research has been cited by politicians and policy makers at the Swedish Parliament, the City Council of Stockholm, various government agencies and NGO’s.

Current Projects
From July 1, 2012, Lundin leads two research projects. The first project is “SLU – i sektorns och vetenskapens tjänst” (SLU—in the Service of the Sector and of the Sciences), a project funded by the Vice Chancellor and the Faculties. The project runs for four years, until June 2016, and it consists of one half-time research position as well as one full-time PhD studentship (held by Karl Bruno). The result will be presented in a book and a doctoral dissertation. The project aims to describe and analyze the Agricultural College, the College of Forestry and the Veterinary College, which merged in 1977 into SLU, and their development from the middle of the twentieth century until today. The two central research problems that are considered are firstly the mutual interdependence between SLU and the agricultural sector, and secondly the relation between SLU and the international scientific community. The second project is “Reformteknokraterna: Den starka statens strateger, 1930–80” (The Reform Technocrats: The Strategists of the Strong State, 1930–80). The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) funds the project, which run for three years, until June 2015. The project is conducted at the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University. Apart from Lundin the project consists of the historian Niklas Stenlås. For a detailed description, see:
http://www.sts.uu.se/forskning/Projekt/samhalle_politik_praxis/ (http://www NULL.sts NULL.uu NULL.se/forskning/Projekt/samhalle_politik_praxis/).

Publications

Books
Computers in Swedish Society: Documenting Early Use and Trends (Heidelberg: Springer, 2012), 145 pp.

Bilstaden: USA visade vägen (Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2011), 239 pp. (revised edition of Uno Åhrén’s Bilstaden (1960) with new introduction by Per Lundin)

History of Nordic Computing 3: Third IFIP WG9.7 Conference, HiNC 3, Stockholm, Sweden, October 18–20, 2010: Revised Selected Papers (Heidelberg: Springer, 2011), 466 pp. (co-edited with John Impagliazzo and Benkt Wangler)

Science for Welfare and Warfare: Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2010), 314 pp. (co-edited with Niklas Stenlås and Johan Gribbe)

Bilsamhället: Ideologi, expertis och regelskapande i efterkrigstidens Sverige [dissertation] (Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2008), 406 pp.

Stockholmsparkering: Mellan allas nytta och individuellt förtret (Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2007), 205 pp. (with Olle Hagman and Anders Gullberg)

Articles and Book Chapters
“Driven by Morality: Systems and Users in the Historiography of the Car in Sweden,” Mobility in History: The Yearbook of the International Society for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility 3 (2011), 119–131.

“Designing Democracy: The UTOPIA-project and the Role of the Nordic Labor Movement in Technological Change during the 1970s and 1980s”, in History of Nordic Computing 3: Third IFIP WG9.7 Conference, HiNC 3, Stockholm, Sweden, October 18–20, 2010: Revised Selected Papers, ed. John Impagliazzo, Per Lundin and Benkt Wangler (Heidelberg: Springer, 2011), 187–195.

“Precursors of the IT Nation: Computer Use and Control in Swedish Society, 1955–1985,” in History of Nordic Computing 3: Third IFIP WG9.7 Conference, HiNC 3, Stockholm, Sweden, October 18–20, 2010: Revised Selected Papers, ed. John Impagliazzo, Per Lundin and Benkt Wangler (Heidelberg: Springer, 2011), 425–432. (with Isabelle Dussauge, Johan Gribbe, Arne Kaijser, Julia Peralta, Gustav Sjöblom and Björn Thodenius)

“Documenting the Use of Computers in Swedish Health Care up to 1980,” IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics (2011), 169–174. (with Hans Peterson)

“Stockholm’s Urban Development,” in Images of the Future City: Time and Space for Sustainable Development, Mattias Höjer, Anders Gullberg and Ronny Pettersson (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), 77–99. (with Anders Gullberg)

“Future Cities–Possible Changes,” in Images of the Future City: Time and Space for Sustainable Development, Mattias Höjer, Anders Gullberg and Ronny Pettersson (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), 101–108. (with Anders Gullberg)

“Att tänka om staden med historia: En introduktion till Bilstaden”, in Bilstaden: USA visade vägen, ed. Uno Åhrén/Per Lundin (Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2011), 9–22.

“Technology, State Initiative and National Myths in Cold War Sweden: An Introduction,” in Science for Welfare and Warfare: Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden, ed. Per Lundin, Niklas Stenlås and Johan Gribbe (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2010), 1–34. (with Niklas Stenlås)

“From Computing Machines to IT: Collecting, Documenting, and Preserving Source Material on Swedish IT-History,” in History of Nordic Computing 2: Second IFIP WG9.7 Conference, HiNC2, Turku, Finland, August 21–23, 2007: Revised Selected Papers, ed. John Impagliazzo, Timo Järvi and Petri Paju (Berlin, Heidelberg & New York: Springer, 2009), 65–73.

“Mediators of Modernity: Planning Experts and the Making of the ‘Car-Friendly’ City in Europe,” in Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities, ed. Mikael Hård and Thomas J. Misa (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008), 257–279.

“Stockholms urbanutveckling,” in Bilder av framtidsstaden: Tid och rum för hållbar utveckling, Anders Gullberg, Mattias Höjer and Ronny Pettersson (Eslöv: Symposion, 2007), 90–116. (with Anders Gullberg)

“Framtidens stad – tänkbara förändringar,” in Bilder av framtidsstaden: Tid och rum för hållbar utveckling, Anders Gullberg, Mattias Höjer and Ronny Pettersson (Eslöv: Symposion, 2007), 117–124. (with Anders Gullberg)

“Bilparkering i Stockholm – ett socialt dilemma,” in Stockholmsparkering: Mellan allas nytta och individuellt förtret, Olle Hagman, Anders Gullberg and Per Lundin (Stockholm, 2007), 99–198. (with Anders Gullberg)

“Controlling Space: Scientific City Planning in Sweden between 1930 and 1970,” in Taking Place: The Spatial Contexts of Science, Technology and Business, ed. Enrico Baraldi, Hjalmar Fors and Anders Houltz (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2006), 127–150.

“American Numbers Copied! Shaping the Swedish Postwar Car Society,” Comparative Technology Transfer and Society 2 (2004), 303–334.

“Wired to Technology,” Tekniikan Waiheita 2003:2, 32–34.

“De små stegen: Nordiskt telesamarbete i ett historiskt perspektiv,” Polhem: Tidskrift för teknikhistoria 17 (1999; in print 2002), 168–200.

Proceedings and Reports
“Bilsamhället: Ideologi, expertis och regelskapande i efterkrigstidens Sverige,” in Klimatets krav på samhället, ed. Göran Graninger and Krister Knuthammar, Linköping Interdisciplinary Studies No. 12 (Linköping, 2010), 159–176.

Documenting the Use of Computers in Swedish Society between 1950 and 1980: Final Report on the Project “From Computing Machines to IT”, TRITA/HST 2009/1 (Stockholm, 2010), 86 pp.

“Inledning: Projektet och fokusgruppen,” in Användarna och datorerna: En historik 1960–1985, Vinnova Rapport VR 2009:2, ed. Birgitta Frejhagen (Stockholm, 2009), 13–20.

“Metoder för att dokumentera historia,” in Användarna och datorerna: En historik 1960–1985, Vinnova Rapport VR 2009:2, ed. Birgitta Frejhagen (Stockholm, 2009), 21–30.

“Användarmedverkan i IT-utveckling: Skandinaviska skolan,” in Användarna och datorerna: En historik 1960–1985, Vinnova Rapport VR 2009:2, ed. Birgitta Frejhagen (Stockholm, 2009), 61–87. (with Yngve Sundblad)

Edited transcript, Den skandinaviska skolan i systemutveckling under 1970- och 1980-talen: Exemplen DEMOS och UTOPIA: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 31 mars 2008, TRITA-HST 2008/21 (Stockholm, 2008), 54 pp.

Edited transcript, Tidiga e-postsystem: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 14 februari 2008, TRITA-HST 2008/20 (Stockholm, 2008), 54 pp.

Edited transcript, Styrbjörn: Utvecklingen och användningen av ett konstruktions- och produktionssystem för skeppsbyggnad vid Kockums under 1960- och 1970-talen: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid AVEVA AB i Malmö den 2 oktober 2007, TRITA-HST 2008/30 (Stockholm, 2008), 53 pp.

Edited transcript, Administrativ systemutveckling i teori och praktik, 1960–1980: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 26 november 2007, TRITA-HST 2008/19 (Stockholm, 2008), 52 pp.

Edited transcript, Databehandling vid Väg- och vattenbyggnadsstyrelsen/Vägverket 1957–1980: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 22 maj 2006, TRITA-HST 2007/2 (Stockholm, 2007), 42 pp.

Edited transcript, Tidig programmering: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 16 mars 2006, TRITA-HST 2007/1 (Stockholm, 2007), 43 pp.

Edited transcript, Att arbeta med 1950-talets matematikmaskiner: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 12 september 2005, TRITA-HST 2006/1 (Stockholm, 2006), 43 pp.

Designing Democracy: The UTOPIA-project and the Role of Labour Movement in Technological Change, 1981–1986, CESIS Electronic Working Paper Series No. 52 (Stockholm, 2005), 10 pp.

Städernas persontransportsystem: Igår, idag, imorgon: Exemplet Stor-Stockholm, TRITA-HST 2003/5 (Stockholm, 2003), 28 pp.

Book Reviews
Book review of Janken Myrdal and Mats Morell, eds., The Agrarian History of Sweden: 4000 BC to AD 2000 (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2011) in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43, no. 4 (2013), 488–490.

Book review of Ulf Stahre, Den globala staden: Stockholms nutida stadsomvandling och sociala rörelser (Stockholm: Atlas, 2007) in ­RIG 2011:1, 55–58.

Book review of Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008) in Technology and Culture 50, no. 4 (2009), 940–942.

Book review of Kristina Berglund, John Sjöström and Birger Åström, Hela staden: Från mellanrum till stadsrum (Stockholm: Svensk byggtjänst, 2004) in Byggnadskultur: Tidskrift för byggnadsvård 2005:2, 47.

Book review of Ulf Sörensson, ed., Slussen vid Söderström, Samfundet S:t Eriks årsbok (Stockholm: Samfundet S:t Erik, 2004) in Byggnadskultur: Tidskrift för byggnadsvård 2005:1, 47.

Book review of Henrik Höjer, Svenska siffror: Nationell integration och identifikation genom statistik 18001870 (Hedemora: Gidlunds förlag, 2001) in Polhem: Årsbok för teknikhistoria 1 (2004), 157–159.

Book review of Clark A. Miller and Paul N. Edwards, eds., Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001) in Framtider 2003:3, 37.

Book review of Håkan Andréasson, Resenärer i bilsamhället: Vardagligt resande i kulturell belysning (Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, 2000) in Framtider 2003:1, 33.

Popular Science
“Bilstaden,” Sankt Eriks årsbok (2013), 157–163.

 “Vittnesseminariet – ett sätt att minnas det förflutna,” Företagsminnen 2013:2, 36–38. (with Gustav Sjöblom)

“Muntlig historia i centrum,” Företagsminnen 2013:4, 6. (with Gustav Sjöblom)

In Preparation/In Press
Book review of Helena Ekerholm, Bränsle för den moderna nationen: Etanol och gengas i Sverige under mellankrigstiden och andra världskriget (Umeå: Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier, 2012) in Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria (2013).

“Accommodating Auto Tourists the American Way: The Motel in Early Post-war Sweden”, Journal of Tourism History (forthcoming)

“Making History Matter: The Historian as Expert,” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies (forthcoming).

“The Reform Technocrats: The Strategists of the Swedish Welfare State, 1930–1960,” Performing Expertise: Scientists between State and Society, 1860–1960, ed. Joris Vandendriessche, Evert Peeters and Kaat Wils (forthcoming on Pickering and Chatto). (with Niklas Stenlås)

Technologies of Consumption: Europe in the American Century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). (co-edited with Thomas Kaiserfeld)

Presentations at Conferences
6th Plenary Conference of Tensions of Europe, “Democracy and Technology:  Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century,” Sorbonne, Paris, September 19–21, 2013. (with Martin Emanuel)

ICHSTM 2013, July 21–28, University of Manchester, Great Britain.

Corporate Voices: Institutional and Organisational Oral Histories, July 5–6, 2013, University of Sussex, Brighton, Great Britain. (with Gustav Sjöblom)

Keynote, Information Identities: Historical Perspectives on Technological and Social Change, 7 October 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

5th Tensions of Europe Conference, 3–4 October 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Danmark (with Ruth Oldenziel, Adri Albert de  la Bruheze and Martin Emanuel)

Mobility History and Policy: Workshop on History & Policy, 1–2 June 2012, Nuenen, The Netherlands.

Between Autonomy and Engagement: Performances of Scientific Expertise, 1860–1960, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, May 21–23, 2012. (with Niklas Stenlås)

Svenska Historikermötet 2011, May 5–7, Gothenburg. (with Niklas Stenlås)

Teknik- och vetenskapshistoriska dagarna 2010, November 10–12, Gothenburg. (with Niklas Stenlås)

Plenary session, Third IFIP WG 9.7 Conference on History of Nordic Computing (HINC3), October 18–20, 2010, Stockholm.

The Tensions of Europe/Inventing of Europe Conference Technology and East-West Relations: Transfers, Parallel Histories, and the European Laboratory, June 17–20, 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria. (with Adri A. Albert de la Bruhèze)

ESSHC 2010, April 12–16, Ghent, Belgium. (with Niklas Stenlås)

Oral History and Technological Memory: Challenges in Studying European Pasts, August 10–15, 2009, Turku, Finland.

SHOT 2008 Annual Meeting, October 12–14, Lisbon, Portugal. (with Isabelle Dussauge)

SHOT 2007 Annual Meeting, October 17–21, Washington DC, USA. (with Thomas Kaiserfeld)

IFIP WG9.7 Second Working Conference on the History of Nordic Computing, August 2007, 21–23, Turku, Finland.

SHOT 2006 Annual Meeting, October 12–15, Las Vegas, USA. (with Johan Gribbe)

Fourth International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, September 28–October 1, 2006, Paris and Marne-la-Vallée, France.

Teknikhistoriska dagarna 2006, April 4–6, Uppsala.

Comparative Perspectives on the History of Nordic Information Technology: Planning Symposium at the Seili Island August 2426, 2005, Finland.

Infrastructure, Environment and Urban Culture: Industrial and Post-Industrial Societies, November 12–16, 2003, Tampere, Finland.

SHOT 2003 Annual Meeting, October 16–19, Atlanta, USA.

Offentlighetens entreprenörer: Självmotsägelse eller ekonomisk-historisk realitet?, May 6–7, 2003, Umeå.

Mobility History and the European Road Network: Planning, Building, Use and Spatial Organization: International Conference of COST 340 Working Group 3 and Tensions of Europe, February 13–15, 2003, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

WiredToTechnology: Interdisciplinarity and New Perspectives in the History of Technology, November 8–9, 2002, Helsinki, Finland.

ICOHTEC, June 24–29, 2002, Granada, Spain.

Historikermötet 2002, April, 19–21 2002, Örebro.

Teknikhistoriska dagarna 2002, April 15–17, 2002, Norrköping.

SHOT 2001 Annual Meeting, October 4–7, San José, USA.

Awards
Johan Nordströms och Sten Lindroths pris för framstående lärdomshistoriskt arbete, 2009 [Johan Nordström’s and Sten Lindroth’s Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work in History of Ideas]

Special Commissions
Member of the Executive Council of Svenska Historiska Föreningen, 2011–

Member of SHOT’s da Vinci Medal Committee 2010.

Member of SHOT’s Levinson Prize Committee 2009–2011 (chair 2010).

Co-chair of the Program Committee, Third IFIP WG 9.7 Conference on History of Nordic Computing (HINC3), 2009–10.

Member of the Steering Group for the project “From Computing Machines to IT,” 2005–2009.

Member of the Program Committee, Second IFIP WG 9.7 Conference on History of Nordic Computing (HINC2), 2006–07.