Maria Josephson

Maria Josephson

Administrative Officer
Telephone: +46852486616
Visiting address: Annerovägen 12, 16970 Solna
Postal address: GVS Gemensamt verksamhetsstöd, GVS MHK Forskning och föremål, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I recieved my PhD at the department for the History of Science and Ideas at
    Uppsala University in 2011. After completing my thesis I worked as lecturer
    at Uppsala University for four years, and then moved to the department Tema Q
    of Linköping University for a post doctoral research project.
    Masters degree, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2005
    PhD, History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, 2011


  • My research interests spans from the history of science to the history of
    care and diagnostic concepts in the twentieth century. In my dissertation

  • "The Problem that had no Name? Neurosis, Stress and Gender in Sweden 1950 to
    1980" (Uppsala university, 2011), I explore how the dominant discourse on
    neurosis transformed into a discourse on stress in the post war decades.
    My current project investigates political and scientific aspects of the
    conflict surrounding THX, a controversial alternative cancer drug that became
    popular in Sweden from the 1960's and onwards. The project is financed by
    Östersjöstiftelsen at Södertörn University. I am particularly interested
    in the clashes between lay and professional actors and the ways boundaries
    were established and renegotiated throughout the conflict. Hundreds of
    thousands of patients turned to Elis Sandberg, the inventor of THX, and
    became his allies in the struggle against Swedish medical authorities and
    professionals. To understand their rejection of conventional medicine during
    a time that is often described as "the golden age of medicine" is one of the
    general aims of the project.


  • Administrative Officer, Central Administration, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-
  • Administrative Officer, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2026

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