Johan Höglund

Johan Höglund

Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
34044, Hus Culmen, Kalmar
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Dr Johan Höglund is Professor of English at the Department of Languages and member of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. He holds degrees from Brown University and Uppsala University. His research focuses the relationship between popular culture and Empire as it manifests during different eras and in different media, and on the connection between global imperialism and the climate crisis. His ongoing project Militarizing the Anthropocene: Security, Militant Futures and American Climate Fiction is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in 2020-2021. He also supervises the postdoctoral project Materialising Violence: Speculative Fiction and New Cultures of Resistance from sub-Saharan Africa for which he received funding from the Crafoord Foundation.


Johan teaches English Literature, American Literature, Literary Theory, Postcolonial Literature and the Anthropocene narrative on graduate and postgraduate courses. He also supervises and examines doctoral dissertations at Linnaeus University and other institutions.


Johan Höglund has published extensively on the relationship between imperialism and popular culture in a number of different contexts, including the late-Victorian era, the long history of US global expansion and decline, and the often unrecognized era of Nordic colonialism. He is the author of the monograph The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence (Ashgate, 2014), and editor and co-author of Gothic in the Anthropocene (with Justin Edwards och Rune Graulund, Minnesota University Press, 2021), Nordic Gothic (with Maria Holmgren Troy, Yvonne Leffler och Sofia Wijkmark, Manchester UP, 2020), B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives (with Justin D Edwards, Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism (with Katarina Gregersdotter and Nicklas Hållén, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires (with Tabish Khair, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He has published extensively in journals such as Journal of Postcolonial WritingGame Studies, English Literature in Transition, Continuum, and The European Journal of American Studies


Johan Höglund is a part of the editorial board of Transtext(e)s Transcultures: Journal of Global Cultural Studies. He is also a member of the Invasion network and was part of the board of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden. He has edited several academic collections, and also served as guest editor for special issues on Nordic Colonialism for Scandinavian Studies (with Linda Andersson Burnett) and on the Contemporary Adventure Narrative for The Journal of Popular Culture (with Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet).


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