Tobias Harding

Professor

Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for kultur, religion og samfunnsfag
Campus Bø (2-358)
Professor of Cultural Policy and Cultural Organization at University. With a background in political science, history of religion and culture studies, I started doing research on the development of Swedish cultural policy. Later, I have studied and published several articles and books on the roles of identity and organization in cultural policy, as well as on the relationships between democratic civil society organizations and their members, and between civil society organizations and the government. I have also at several times been involved in writing expert reports for the Swedish government.

Ansvarsområder

  • Koordinator for masterstudium i kulturstudier.
  • Underviser i kulturpolitikk, kulturelt lederskap, metode, og kulturarv.

Kompetanse

  • Cultural policy
  • Cultural organization
  • Nationalism studies
  • Heritage studies
  • Civil society

CV

2007. Ph.D. in Culture Studies, Linköping University. Dissertation title: Nationalising culture: The reorganisation of national culture in Swedish cultural policy 1970-2002.

2007-2009. Secretary to the Swedish Government Commission on Cultural Policy.

2009-2012. Postdoc/Expert at Linköping University. Head of the Swecult institute, and researcher in the project Democracit Learning in Educational NGO's.

2012-2013. Expert evaluation of Culture Programs for the Swedish National Council for Adult Education.

2013-2017. Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Researcher in the research project How the Church of Sweden was Transformed into National Cultural Heritage.

2016-. Member of the Expert Committee on Evaluation, Swedish National Council for Adult Education.

2017-. Member of the Advisory Council of the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.

2017-. Professor at University College of South-East Norway /University of South-Eastern Norway.

Publikasjoner

Selected publications:

Tobias Harding (2018) "Preserving churches for future generations: Central values in Swedish policies on Church heritage 1920-2010" in Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy. 2018:1.

Tobias Harding (2015) “Bildning as a Central Concept in the Cultural Policy of the Swedish Government - From Arthur Engberg to Alice Bah Kuhnke” in Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy, 2015:2.

Tobias Harding (2015) “The Dawn of the Secular State? Heritage and Identity in Swedish Church and State Debates 1920-1939”, in International Journal of Cultural Policy,  vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 631-647.

Erling Bjurström & Tobias Harding (eds.) (2013) Bildning och demokrati. Nya vägar i det svenska folkbildningslandskapet. (”Bildning and democracy: New paths in Swedish popular adult education and learning”). Stockholm: Carlssons.

Tobias Harding (2013) “Faith-Based Organizations and the Secular State: The Establishment of a Muslim Study Association in Sweden”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 341-355.

Harding, Tobias (2012) Framtidens civilsamhälle: Underlagsrapport 3 till Framtidskommissionen. (”Civil society of the future: Background report 3 to the Commission on the Future of Sweden”)Stockholm: Office of the Prime Minister.

Harding, Tobias (2012) ”How to Establish a Study Association: Translation, Packaging and Isomorphic Pressures on New CSOs Entering a Neo-Corporative Adult Education Field in Sweden” in Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, vol. 23, no. 1.

Harding, Tobias (2011) “Learning Democracy in a Swedish Gamers Association: Representative Democracy as Experiential Knowledge in a Liquid Civil Society” in The European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA), vol. 2. no. 2.

Harding, Tobias (2010) ”Avförtrollningen av Midgård: Tolkiens modernitetskritik och ambivalenta behandling av esoterism i trilogin Härskarringen” (”The disenchantment of Middle Earth: Tolkien’s ambivalent treatment of esotericm in the Lord of the Rings trilogy”) in Mattias Fyhr & Per Faxneld (eds.) Förborgade tecken: västerländsk esoterism i skönlitteraturen, Lund: Ellerströms.

Harding, Tobias (2010) “Playing Against the Modern World? Role-Playing Games in Late Modernity”, presented at the Nordic role-playing conference Knutpunkt, Katrineholm, April, 2010.
Published in Elge Larsson (ed.) Playing Reality: Articles on Live-Action Role-Playing, Stockholm: Knutpunkt 2010/Interacting Arts.

Harding, Tobias (2009) ”Var finns den statliga kulturpolitiken? Inte bara på kulturdepartementet” (”Where is national cultural policy? Not only at the Ministry of Culture”), in Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy, 2009, no. 2.
Republished in Anders Frenander (ed.) (2010) Arkitekter på armlängds avstånd. Att studera kulturpolitik, Borås: Valfrid.

Harding, Tobias (2009) “Ärans och hjältarnas språk? Det politiska försvaret av svenska språket från 1500-talet och framåt” (”The political defense of the Swedish language from the 16th century and onwards”) in Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy, 2009, no. 1.

Tobias Harding (2007) Nationalising Culture. The Reorganisation of National Culture in Swedish Cultural Policy 1970-2002. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science nr. 393. Doctoral dissertation. Norrköping: University of Linköping.