Lena Ahlin
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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 has continued to deal mainly with African-American and Asian-American literature, addressing issues like racialization, in-betweenness, 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 together with my colleague Maria Freij on a book on American and Swedish memoirs of transnational/transracial adoption. We explore how these memoirs conform to and challenge common autobiographical tropes, such as memory, the journey, motherhood and nostalgia. The book is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan/Springer.

Pedagogical issues connected to academic as well as creative writing are also part of my research interests. I am particularly interested in exploring student writing and teacher-written feedback, and writing in relation to critical thinking. These issues have been the subject of several articles, as well as feedback and (self-)assessment. I am currently involved in a collaboration with researchers at Linnaeus University and Jönköping University, which focuses on creative writing in primary school.

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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Award Date: 2004-Jun-24

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  • Humanities and the Arts (6)


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