Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

My postdoctoral research project is, simply put, about emotions and politics in public swimming pools in Trondheim and Stockholm (Sweden). Within a larger research project critically investigating the concept of 'cohesion' in urban communities in Scandinavia, the aim of my study is to "dive into" this curious spatiality of a pseudo-public room filled with material, moral, ideological, and hygienic contradictions. The typical public swimming pool is a place where 'difference' along many different intersectional lines have to come together and co-exist in a temporal-spatiality that has a lot of similarities with ideological analogies of 'society' and 'community' itself. These spaces are also places for constant potential friction, anxiety and conflict. 

I will reuse the theories I applied in my dissertation project, which was about the Swedish society's reactions to the presence of begging EU citizens. There, I developed a psychoanalytic critique of ideology, deeply inspired by the works of Slavoj Žižek's appropriation of Lacan and Hegel. In this project, I will go more into depth on the relationship between this ontology and different theories on the phenomenology of the body.

My research interests include: psychoanalysis, historical and dialectical materialism, critical race studies, nationalism and national identity, political theory, ethics, moral geographies, urban geography, history of ideas, feminist and queer phenomenology, economic history, and so on.

I am also an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR), Uppsala University.


Wallengren, S., Hansson, E., Holmberg Milea, A., Dandos, A., & Tigerblad, C. (2019). ‘Gypsy, Go Home!’ : Hatbrott mot romska EU-migranter i Malmös gatumiljö. Malmö: Skåne stadsmission ; Civil Rights Defenders.

Hansson, E. (2019). ‘Det känns fel’ : Om det svenska samhällets reaktioner på närvaron av tiggande EU-medborgare, 2014-2016 (PhD dissertation). Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet, Uppsala.

Hansson, E., & Persdotter, M. (2019). Vad är den svenska modellen? : Socialdemokratisk historieskrivning i den samtida ‘tiggeridebatten’. In Creating the city. Identity, Memory and Participation. : Conference proceedings (1st ed., pp. 343–362). Malmö: Malmö University Publications in Urban Studies (MAIPUS).

Hansson, E., & Jansson, D. (2019). Who’s afraid of the ‘beggar’? : A psychoanalytic interpretation of the crises triggered by the begging of ‘EU migrants’ in Sweden. Social & Cultural Geography (Print). Epub ahead of print. 

Hansson, E., & Mitchell, D. (2018). The Exceptional State of ‘Roma Beggars’ in Sweden. European Journal of Homelessness, 12(2), 15–40. 

Hansson, E. (2018). Varför saknar ‘EU-migranter’ boende i Sverige? In Studier om Rasism : : Tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på ras, vithet och diskriminering. Malmö: Arx förlag. 

Hansson, E. (2015). Hotet mot det svenska samhällskontraktet : Hur tiggeri i Stockholm aktiverar det personliga moraliska ansvaret. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 92(3), 343–351.