Anna Friberg

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Background

PhD in History, 2013
MA in History, 2007
BA in Philosophy, 2007

I completed my doctorate at Mid Sweden University in March 2013. The dissertation, Demokrati bortom politiken [Democracy Beyond Politics] is a conceptual analysis of the concept of democracy, as it was used in the official rhetoric of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) during the years after the introduction of universal suffrage. The analysis shows that the profound changes in society provided impetus for a continuous renegotiation of meanings, allowing concepts to retain their explanatory power under changing circumstances, at the same time the SAP needed new ways to express what kind of society the party strived to realize. The SAP did not limit itself to only one concept of democracy but instead used a number of composite concepts, e.g. ‘political democracy’ and ‘economic democracy’. With theoretical insights from German Begriffsgeschichte, I argue that the use of composite concepts should be understood as a sign of the changing temporalization of the concept. Since parliamentarism and suffrage were seen as central components in ‘democracy’, the realization of these institutions meant that the concept lost its future dimension. Thus, the usage of composite concepts should be seen as a re-temporalization of the concept of democracy. The composite concepts pointed forward in time, toward political goals that the SAP envisaged realizing in the future, and the analysis shows how the Social Democratic understanding of ‘democracy’ was something that had a very wide meaning that ranged far beyond the political sphere.

Area of interest

Conceptual history/History of concepts
Time and temporality within politics

Current research

I am currently working on a project concerning questions about time and temporality within politics.

Politics is, to a high degree, about structuring time and establish temporal frameworks for political actions. Simultaneously, it is also involves making prognoses for the future since politics concerns questions on how to administrate the present, and how to shape the future. This gives an important roll to the past, as it becomes the backdrop against which reforms for the future take place. How does the temporalization of politics influence the language of politics, and thus politics itself? Which weight has been attributed to the past, the present, and the future at different times in history? How have changed experiences, for example by the introduction of reforms, changed the future perspectives? To what degree can political conflicts be understood on basis of different temporal perspectives? These are some of the questions that are central to the project.

Publications

Articles in journals

Friberg, A. (2014). Folkhemmets demokrati. Slagmark, : 69, pp. 89-104.

Friberg, A. (2012). Democracy in the Plural? The Concepts of Democracy in Swedish Parliamentary Debates during the Interwar Years. Contributions to the History of Concepts, vol. 7: 1, pp. 12-35.  

Articles, book reviews

Friberg, A. (2016). Henrik Malm Lindberg, Drömmen om jämlikhet : Socialdemokratins radikalisering och den svenska modellens fall. Historisk Tidskrift (S), vol. 136: 4, pp. 749-751.

Friberg, A. (2016). Recrension: Jens Ljunggren, Den uppskjutna vreden. Scandia, vol. 82: 2, pp. 120-122.

Friberg, A. (2011). Rhetorics of Nordic Democracy. Scandinavian Journal of History, vol. 36: 2, pp. 260-263.  

Chapters in books

Friberg, A. (2014). Att bygga ett demokratiskt folkhem. In Folkhemmet tur och retur? : Nya perspektiv på svensk socialdemokrati. Stockholm : Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap & Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek. pp. 71-86.

Friberg, A. (2011). Experterna och språket : Begreppshistoriska perspektiv på statens offentliga utredningar. In Dolt i offentligheten : Nya perspektiv på traditionellt källmaterial. Sekel Bokförlag. pp. 47-59.

Friberg, A. (2011). Towards Total Democracy?. In The Creative Crisis of Democracy. Peter Lang Publishing Group. pp. 215-236.

Friberg, A. (2007). Kampen om historien: Tre skildringar av den svenska fackföreningsrörelsen studerade utifrån ett socialdemokratiskt hegemoniperspektiv. In En kvinna i tiden : en studie om prinsessan Eugénies filantropiska verksamhet på Gotland under senare delen av 1800-talet / Anna Hagberg ; Kampen om historien : tre skildringar av den svenska fackföreningsrörelsen studerade utifrån ett socialdemokratiskt hegemoniperspektiv / Anna Friberg. Linköping : Institutionen för studier av samhällsutveckling och kultur, Linköping univ. (Socialhistoria i Linköping). pp. 51-83.

Conference papers

Friberg, A. (2016). From Socialization to the People’s Home. Paper presented at the Key Concepts in Times of Crisis: The 19th International Conference on Conceptual History, Aarhus university, 14−16 september 2016

Friberg, A. (2016). Rhetorics of Democracy. Paper presented at the XIV Nordic Social- and Labour History Conference, University of Iceland, 28−30 November 2016

Friberg, A. (2014). The Concept of Democracy in Sweden after the Democratic Breakthrough : Paper presented at Nordiska historikermötet, Joensuu (FI), 14-17 August 2014. Paper presented at the Nordiska historikermötet, Joensuu (FI), 14-17 August 2014

Friberg, A. (2013). Democracy Extended: The Concept of Democracy within Scandinavian Social Democracy : Paper presented at the 103rd Annual Conference for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, San Francisco (US), 2-4 May 2013. Paper presented at the 103rd Annual Conference for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, San Francisco (US), 2-4 May 2013

Friberg, A. (2013). Den svenska arbetarrörelsen och demokratins temporalitet : Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet, Stockholm (SE), 8-10 May 2013. Paper presented at the Svenska historikermötet

Friberg, A. (2013). Folkhemmet: Ett panelsamtal om begreppets betydelse och historia : Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet, Stockholm (SE), 8-10 May 2013. Paper presented at the Svenska historikermötet Stockholm (SE), 8-10 May 2013

Friberg, A. (2013). Folkhemmets demokrati : Paper presented at Swepsa: Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, Stockholm University (SE), 2-4 October 2013. Paper presented at the Swepsa: Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, Stockholm University (SE), 2-4 October 2013

Friberg, A. (2013). The Temporalization of Democracy: The Transformation from a Political Concept to an Economic : Paper presented at Regimes of Temporality: Investigating the Plurality and Order of Times Across Histories, Cultures, Technologies, Materialities and Media, University of Oslo (NO), 5-7 June 2013. Paper presented at the Regimes of Temporality: Investigating the Plurality and Order of Times Across Histories, Cultures, Technologies, Materialities and Media, University of Oslo (NO), 5-7 June 2013

Friberg, A. (2012). From Political Democracy to Economic Democracy: The Concept of Democracy and the question of Ownership in Swedish Political Debate 1920–1928 : Paper presented at Spaces, Languages, Time: the 15th International Conference on the History of Concepts, University of Helsinki (FI), 23-25 August 2012. Paper presented at the Spaces, Languages, Time: the 15th International Conference on the History of Concepts, University of Helsinki (FI), 23-25 August 2012

Friberg, A. (2010). Beyond Universal Suffrage : Paper presented at Concepts, Metaphors and Discourses: The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group, Moscow State University (RU), 16 – 18 September 2010. Paper presented at the Concepts, Metaphors and Discourses: The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group, Moscow State University (RU), 16 – 18 September 2010

Friberg, A. (2009). The Concept of Democracy within the Swedish Labour Movement : Paper presented at The Creative Crises of Democracy, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), 14-16 Dec 2009. Paper presented at the The Creative Crises of Democracy, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), 14-16 Dec 2009

Doctoral theses, monographs

Friberg, A. (2013). Demokrati bortom politiken : En begreppshistorisk analys av demokratibegreppet inom Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetareparti 1919–1939. Dis. Stockholm : Bokförlaget Atlas, 2013 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : )  

Other

Friberg, A. (2011). Socialdemokratin och den sociala demokratin : Debate article in Svenska Dagbladet 14 april 2011.