Malin Alkestrand

Malin Alkestrand

Associate senior lecturer
Department of Film and Literature Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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My name is Malin Alkestrand, and I hold a Ph D in comparative literature from Lund University. I am an assistant professor at Linnaeus University and my focus is educational aspects of literary fiction. 


I teach courses in children's and YA literature, the course "Harry Potter and his worlds" and courses for teachers to be. I also supervise essays within the teacher training programme and visit students when they practice teaching in schools during their education. I also hold courses for students from other countries who take courses at Linnaeus University. 


I defended my doctoral thesis on how fantasy literature can be used to discuss fundamental values such as democracy, human rights and multiculturalism in schools in September 2016. The book is called Magiska möjligheter: Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl och Cirkeln i skolans värdegrundsarbete [Magical Possibilities: Teaching Fundamental Values in Schools Using Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and the Circle]. 

I have recently finished a monograph project about the educational potential and challenges of using YA dystopias in schools to problematise and explore the relationship of power between the young and adults in real-life societies. The book is called Mothers and Murderers: Adults' Oppression of Children and Adolescents in Young Adult Dystopian Literature (2021) and it is published by Makadam Publishing. The target audience is both scholars of for example children's and YA literature and pedagogics, on the one hand, and teachers and trainee teachers, on the other hand. 

More information about the book: Mothers and Murderers : Adults’ Oppression of Children and Adolescents in Young Adult Dystopian Literature – Makadam Förlag (

Here you can listen to an English language presentation of the book from the book launch on the 5th of October 2021: Book Launch, 5h of October 2021, "Mothers and Murderers" - LnuPlay - Linnaeus University MediaSpace


More information about me: 

  • Since 2018, I am the contact person and the head for the research centre CHILLL, Centre for Childhood Research in Literature, Language and Learning.
  • Together with Helene Ehriander, I lead the research centre.
  • During the Spring of 2017, I spent four weeks as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge working on my dystopia project.
  • Together with Dr Christopher Owen, who holds a Ph D from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, I have written an article about cognitive perspectives on middle-grade fantasy literature. It was published in the journal IRCL in July 2018.
  • Since I finished my doctoral thesis, I have continued doing research on the Harry Potter series, for example in the article below from 2020, where I analyse the reactions against the adult Harry's behaviour in the stage-play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and compare the depiction to how the young Harry is portrayed in the seven Harry Potter novels.


One of two members of the leading board for Centre for Childhood Research in Literature, Language and Learning (CHILLL).

Head and contact person for CHILLL since 2018. Please visit our Facebook page for updates about the centre: Centre for Childhood Research in Literature, Language and Learning | Facebook

One of the teachers on the MOOC about fantasy literature called "Fantastic Fiction and Where to Find It". Please visit our Facebook page for updates about the MOOC: Fantastic Fiction and Where to Find It - Startsida | Facebook


Chapter in book (Refereed)

Conference paper (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))