Research publications

This paper, which I published together with my then PhD-student Morten Bülow in 2014, was the scholarly point of departure for The Ageing Academic project:

• Bülow, Morten H. and Söderqvist, Thomas, “Successful ageing: a historical overview and critical analysis of a successful concept”, Journal of Aging Studies, vol. 31: 139–149 (2014).

Opinion pieces and popular writings

I have written a series of essays for the Swedish web magazine Curie (published by the Swedish Research Council) on academic life from the emeritus perspective:

• “Emeritus som livsform och studieobjekt” [Emeritus as life form and object of study], Curie, 29 August 2016. (online here)

• “Den akademiska karriären som en kapplöpning” [The academic career as a race], Curie, 13 September 2016 (online here)

• “Forskning som kall” [Research as vocation], Curie, 29 September, 2016 (online here)

• “Jag leker, alltså är jag forskare” [I’m playing, therefore I’m a researcher], Curie, 10 October 2016 (online here)

• “Har forskare en löntagaridentitet?” [Do researchers have an employee identity?], Curie, 26 October 2016 (online here)

• “Från idealtyper till historisk realitet” [From ideal types to historical reality], Curie, 15 November 2016 (online here)

• “Hur min akademiska identitet förändrats under livets gång” [How my academic identity has changed in the course of life], Curie, 29 November 2016 (online here)

• “Pensionärer i akademin har en mycket viktig uppgift” [Retired academic have a very important task], Curie, 31 January 2018 (online here)

Lectures and presentations at seminars and conferences

So far, I have made the following presentations:

• 19 April, 2016: “Taking stock of your life as a researcher: What can scientists use autobiography and memoir writing for?”. Polymorfien seminar, Danish State Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.

8 November, 2017: “Här har jag mitt liv! Självbiografin som curriculum vitae eller ars moriendi?” [Here’s my life! Autobiography as curriculum vitae or ars moriendi?]. Postgraduate research seminar in history of ideas and learning, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.

2 March, 2018: Invited keynote lecture “Triangulating autobiography, nostalgia and the history of contemporary medicine as a path to graceful ageing”, History of Medicine Days 2018 Conference, University of Calgary, Canada. (see abstract)

I’m scheduled to give three presentations in the spring of 2018:

• 19-20 March, 2018: “Ageing gracefully through memoir writing: Historical inspirations for 21st century academics”. Accepted paper for conference ‘New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course’, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK. (see abstract)

• 22-25 May, 2018: “Autobiography as history, curriculum vitae, or ars moriendi?”, invited lecture for workshop ‘Biographies in the History of Physics: Actors, Objects, and Institutions’, German Physical Society’s Section for History of Physics, Physics Center, Bad Honnef, Germany.


Social media

So far, I have used Facebook as my primary platform for public outreach and for discussions about specific topics and questions. (For a list of my Facebook updates on the project, see here.)

And, of course, this website is regularly updated with new reflections on the blog; accounts of life episodes and fragments of the narrative will be updated regularly under the heading ‘My life in texts‘, and a complete collection of images will soon be available under the heading ‘My life in images‘.

I’m also thinking about using my Twitter profile more frequently.