Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Ing-Marie Back Danielsson

Ing-Marie.Back_Danielsson@arkeologi.uu.se

PhD and Reader in Archaeology

Research

Since the fall of 2014 I work as a researcher in archeology at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. Since 2016 I am also a Reader/Associate Professor in Archaeology at the same department. Between the years 2015 and 2017 I am the leader of the research project What do gold foil couples want? A critical posthumanist study of the gold foild couples and their central places in Middle Sweden and Norway. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. Part of the research of the project is conducted at the Department of Archeology at Southampton University in the UK, where I am a Visiting Research Fellow.

The project focusses on a type of material culture that archaeologists call gold foil figures, or guldgubbar in Swedish. Gold foil figures are miniscule figures made from gold sheets from the Vendel period (c. AD 550-800), commonly encountered in halls at central places. The specific aims are to study the figures´ agential dimensions, their ontological status, and the myriad rhizomatic relations that were generated through processes of making, manipulation and visual encounter.

I finished my PhD in 2007 at Stockholm University with the dissertation Masking Moments. The Transitions of Bodies and Beings in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Between 2007 and 2014 I served at the same university in several postdoc projects at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and at Gender Studies at the Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. In the postdoc projects I have, among other things, investigated how and why parts of animals and humans were reused outside burial rituals during the Late Iron Age in Mälardalen, how people's personas were created in various Late Iron Age contexts, and how and why material culture in reduced and enlarged format was used at places of worship during the Late Iron Age in Scandinavia.

My research interests also include the archaeology of contemporary death, the use of theory and method in general in archaeology, the history of archaeology, and an exploration of different identity expressions such as gender, class, and sex, in prehistoric societies. Recent publications have also focused on rune stones, memory and the materiality of images as well as archaeological art. Since the year 2011, I am a Visiting Research Fellow at Chester University, UK.

Teaching and pedagogical education

During recent years I have led, organized, and taught several archaeological courses at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University. I have also supervised a number of undergraduate theses. My pedagogical education consists of having taken all pedagogical courses available for teaching staff at Stockholm University (2008-2011). They include University Pedagogy 1 (3 ECTS), University Pedagogy 2 (4,5 ECTS) a Postgraduate Supervision course and lastly University Pedagogy 3 (7,5 ECTS).

Select bibliography

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS

2016               More Theory for Mortuary Research of the Viking World.

                      European Journal of Archaeology, London: Routledge. vol. 19, ss. 519-531

2016               The Social Qualia of Kuml: An Exploration of the Iconicity of Rune-stones with Kuml Inscriptions from the Scandinavian Late Viking Age. Current Swedish Archaeology. Lund: Nordic Academic Press. vol. 23, ss. 157-178.

2011               Presenting the Past. On Archaeologists and Their Contribution to Current Burial Practices. Mortality 16: 2, 98--112.

2010              Liten lurifax i Lejre. In: Arkaeologisk Forum: 22, 30-33.

2001              Hemdrup-staven – ett nytt tolkningsförslag. Fornvännen, 73–77.

1999              Engendering Performance in the Late Iron Age. Current Swedish Archaeology. Vol. 7, 7–20.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

2018a             Materials, makers, and manipulators. Ontological considerations of Scandinavian gold foil couples from the Late Iron Age (AD 550-1050). In: Back Danielsson, I.-M. & Jones, A. M. (eds). Images in the Making. Art-Process-Archaeology. In prep.

2018b             Alterity in Archaeological Art. In: Gheorghiu, D. & Barth, Th. (eds) Art-Archaeology: Art as an Instrument for Archaeologists. In prep.

2018c             Beyond Fact or Fiction? On the Importance and Effects of Excavation and Reconstructing Ancient People. In: Williams, H. et al. (eds) Dead Relevant. Equinox: Sheffield.

2016               Estrid - moder, mäktig och maskulin? Berättelser om en rekonstruktion av en senvikingatida kvinna. In: Anna Bohlin & Lena Gemzöe (eds) Fiktion och verklighet,  Göteborg - Stockholm: Makadam Förlag. 195-210.

2015               Walking down memory lane. The mnemonic agency of Late Iron Age Scandinavian Rune Stones. In: Gondek, M., Kirton, J. & Williams, H. (eds). Memories in the Making. The Materialities, Biographies and Landscapes of Early Medieval Stone Monuments.

2014a             Handlingar på gränsen: En hypotes kring hetero- och homoerotiska uttryck på heliga Helgö och närliggande Hundhamra under yngre järnålder. In: Alexandersson, H., Andreeff, A. & Bünz, A. (ed.) Med hjärta och hjärna. Festskrift till Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh. Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet. ss. 259-275.

2014b             Gender, feminism and queer within archaeology. USA perspective. In: Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, 2988--2997. Springer Link. [With Benjamin Alberti].

2013               Materials of Affect. Gold foil miniatures in the Scandinavian Late Iron Age. In: Alberti, B., Jones, A. & Pollard, J. (eds). Archaeology After Interpretation. Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory, 325--344. Walnut Creek, CA.: Left Coast Press.

2012a             The Rape of the Lock. Or a Comparison between Miniature Images of the Eighth and Eighteenth Centuries. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Fahlander, F. & Sjöstrand, Y. (eds). Encountering Imagery. Materialitites, Perceptions, Relations, 29-49. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2012b             Imagery beyond representation. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Fahlander, F. och Sjöstrand, Y. (red.). Encountering Imagery. Materialitites, Perceptions, Relations, 1-12. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2012c             Questioning Gender. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M. och Thedéen, S. (ed.) To Tender Gender – the Pasts and Futures of Gender Research, 9-16. Stockholm: Stockholm University. [With Susanne Thedéen].

2012d             Much Ado About Nothing. Gender Research within Archaeology. I: Back Danielsson, I.-M. & Thedéen, S. (eds) To Tender Gender – the Pasts and Futures of Gender Research, 17-32. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2010a             Sense and Sensibility: Masking Practices in Late Iron Age Boat-Graves. In: Fahlander, F. & Kjellström, A. (eds) Making Sense of Things. Archaeologies of Sensory Perception, 121–140. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2010b             Go Figure! Creating Intertwined Worlds in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. I: Gheorgiou, Dragos och Ann Cyphers (eds). Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic Miniature Figures in Eurasia, Africa and Meso-America Morphology, materiality, technology, function and context, 79–90. Archaeopress: Oxford.

2009a             Preface. In: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. och Thedéen, S. (eds) On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century. [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck], 8–12. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2009b             A rare analogy. Contemporary Cremation Practices. On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck], 57–80. I: Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. och Thedéen, S. (eds). Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2008              Identity, Community, the Body and the Person in Later Prehistory. In: Jones, A. (ed.) Prehistoric Europe, theory and practice, 312–329. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology. Blackwell: Malden, MA.

2003              Ingenious Ignition: “Flame, I’m gonna live forever” and other movie rhythms shaking Late Iron Age bodies on the road. In: Bergstøl, J. (ed.) Scandinavian archaeological practice – in theory. Proceedings from the 6th Nordic TAG, Oslo 2001, 40–57. Oslo.

2002              (Un)Masking Gender – Gold Foil (Dis)Embodiments in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. I: Hamilakis, Y., Plucenniks, M. och Tarlow, S. (eds) Thinking Through the Body, 171—191. London: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

2000              Om Pettersson, samiska trummor och Hitlers bunker. Bland annat. I: Fahlander, F., Kristiansen, K. och Nordbladh, J. (eds). Texter om arkeologisk kulturmiljövård, 1–16. Göteborg.

MONOGRAPHS

2007               Masking Moments: The Transitions of Bodies and Beings in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology 40. Diss.

2000              Härjad hög i Hallunda. Arkeologisk undersökning av anläggning 34 från yngre järnålder på gravfält RAÄ 75, Hallunda, Botkyrka sn, Södermanland. [A Ravaged Mound in Hallunda. An Archaeological Excavation of Monument 34 from the Late Iron Age on Burial Ground RAÄ 75, Hallunda, Botkyrka parish, Södermanland.] Stockholm: Stockholm University.

REVIEWS AND DEBATES

2017               Review of Ruth van Dyke: Practising Materiality. European Journal of Archaeology. I tryck.

2015               Commentary on the discussion article ”The ontological turn in archaeology. No future for a comperative science?” by Kristine Orestad Sørgaard in the journal In Situ.

2012              Review of Maja Hagerman’s Försvunnen värld: om den största arkeologiska utgrävningen någonsin i Sverige. Fornvännen, p. 356-357.

2006              Review of “Prehistoric Pictures”. Fornvännen 2006, 45–47.

2002              Review of  “The Excavations at Wijnaldum. Fornvännen 2002.

1998               Sanning och konsekvens. Synvinklat om vi och dom. Nu och då. In: Lundström, I. och Foldøy, O. (eds) Nordisk Museifestival 1998 i Stavanger, 42–47. Stavanger.

EDITED BOOKS

2018               Images in the Making. Art-Process-Archaeology. With Andrew M. Jones. In prep.

2012a             Back Danielsson, I.-M., Fahlander, F. och Sjöstrand, Y. (eds). Encountering Imagery. Materialitites, Perceptions, Relations. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2012b             Back Danielsson, I.-M. och Thedéen, S. (eds) To Tender Gender – the Pasts and Futures of Gender Research, 9-16. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

2009               Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. och Thedéen, S. (eds) On the threshold: burial archaeology in the twenty-first century. [Döda personers sällskap: gravmaterialens identiteter och kulturella uttryck]. Stockholm: Stockholm University.