Lena Ahlin
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19992021

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Since 2004, I have been working at Kristianstad University, where I mainly teach courses in literature and writing, and serve as Head of English. In 2004, I also defended my doctoral dissertation on representations of Europe in the works of three Harlem Renaissance authors, at Lund University.

My research deals with African-American and Asian-American literature, and addresses issues like racialization, belonging, nostalgia and collective memory. For example, I have published articles about the fictional representation of the Japanese-American internment during World War II, and on nostalgia in contemporary life writing by transnational adoptees. At present, I am working on a project in which I focus on narrative kinship, that is, kinship established through and between texts, in a comparison between Korean adoptee memoirs in the U. S. and Scandinavia.
Pedagogical issues connected to writing are also part of my research interests. I am particularly interested in exploring student writing and teacher-written feedback, and writing as a meaning-making activity. Together with my colleague Maria Freij, I have investigated these issues, as well as feedback and (self-)assessment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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