Research publications

This paper—written together with my former PhD-student Morten Bülow two years before I went on retirement—was the point of departure for my emeritus 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).

This is the first academic publication that has come out of the project so far:

Söderqvist Thomas, “The meaning, nature, and scope of scientific (auto)biography. In: Christian Forstner, Mark Walker, and Dieter Hoffman, eds, Biographies in the History of Physics: Actors, Objects, and Institutions, Springer 2019 (in press).

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 talks

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

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

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

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

“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, 22-25 May, 2018.

“From light green to dark green to brown, beige and black – does life change colours from birth to death?”. Abstract accepted for 12th European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference, Copenhagen 13-16 June 2018, 13 June, 2018 (abstract; talk was cancelled).

“At huske og skrive om sit liv – opskrift på en god alderdom?” [To remember and write about one’s life – a recipe for good ageing]. Talk at PROSA-Forbundet af IT-professionelle, Seniorudvalg, Copenhagen, 20 September, 2018.

“Den akademiska självbiografin” [Academic autobiography]. Lecture at Seniorakademien, University of Gothenburg, 26 September, 2018.

Social media

I’m using 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 (forthcoming).

I’m planning to using my Twitter profile more frequently.