Kristina Skåden

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Academic interests

Kristina Skåden has a background in ethnology, and a PhD in cultural history. Since 2015, she has been postdoc with the project Digital Mapping: Transforming Folklore Collections and Knowledge Production, or not? related to The Norwegian Folklore Archives (NFS) at IKOS.  A key aspect in Skåden postdoc project is to explore how Digital Humanities takes place in actual practices, and by what means (see more below).

Her work combines theoretically and methodically aspects from science and technology studies (STS), digital humanities/spatial humanities, cultural history, feminist science studies and history of knowledge and history of transport, traffic and mobility.

Skåden has been particular interested in in the ways in which transnational relations interrelates with knowledge production.  Reflecting this interest, her doctoral thesis, Roadwork. Transnational relations in the period 1800-1942: Three examples (2013), offers analyses of how roads have been conceptualized, visualized, discussed and built by setting transnational relations into play, and how this roadwork added new versions of landscapes into the Norwegian territory. She is particular interested in German/Switzerland-Norwegian relations.    

Map drawn by Catharine Hermine Kølle (1788-1859), Bergen Museum.

Mapping the Fields: The Geography of Knowledge Production

This project explores how spatial humanities enable and (re)make analyses of knowledge production by investigating Norwegian fieldworkers in the 19th and 20th century. Kew questions are: How to map knowledge production? How do mapping produce knowledge?

By employing a spatial humanity approach, the aim of the project is twofold.  

Firstly, to contribute to debates about how the proliferation of the digital is implicated in knowledge production, and making of the Humanities. It is particular concerned with the relation between mapping and historical archive material. In recent years the generous concept Digital humanities, and more specific Spatial Humanities, have opened new possibilities – with epistemological and ontological implications. The project will discuss theoretical and practical aspects of the ongoing digital turn in the Humanities in relation to the Norwegian Folklore Archives.

Secondly, the project aims to explore histories of knowledge production by spatial thinking. For centuries the practice of doing fieldwork has been an essential part of research in the humanities. As a method of collecting research material through, observation and recording vernacular experiences, the practice is a central part of the history of scholarly knowledge production in the humanities. In this project we explore knowledge practices and networks of Norwegian fieldworkers in the 19h and 20th century, by applying different map functions: How to we approach a “fieldwork landscape”? How can the map illustrate the zigzagging path of scientists and events, the fieldworks real geography, and metaphoric landscape? How are different concepts of space engaged during fieldworks, and how to visualize these? How may digital maps serve as “analytic tools” that allows us to notice novel features of different fieldworks?


Using spatial humanities as a methodological tool, and inspired by relations between Literature and Cartography the project aims

  • to shed new light on history of knowledge production  in the humanities, and
  • on how spatial humanities may serve as a methodological, teoretical and visualizing tool.

To do this, the project is designed as Digital Humanity project a series of case studies that traces “the fieldwork landscape”; practices, space concepts and networks of fieldwork travel.  

Research team

Kristina Skåden, IKOS – (Project leader, idea, concept)

Line Esborg, IKOS – (Project member, idea, concept)

Øystein Ekevik, Digital Media in Learning and Research (DMLF) – Development team leader

Heidi Løken, DMLF – Programming front end/import

Damir Nedić, DMLF – Programming front end

Asgeir Nesøen, DMLF – Programming front end, back end, data modelling

Courses taught

Together with Bjørn Sverre Hol Haugen, Skåden was resposible for the master course  KULH4015 - Nye temaer i kulturhistorien: Kulturarvsproduksjon, Eilert Sundt og Digital Humaniora.  See video made by Morten Smedsrud, Research magazine Apollon:

Lecture in Spatial Humanities/Digital Humanities, master course:  EKUL4002 - Prosjektutvikling for masterprogrammet i europeisk kultur. 


Skåden has a master degree (hovedfag) in European ethnology, art history and project management (2004), and a PhD in cultural history (2013). Since 2015 she has been postdoc at IKOS. In 2010 Skåden was a research fellow at Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (ZTG) at Technische Universität Berlin. Autumn of 2016, she was a visiting researcher at Géographie-Cités, UMR 8504, Paris. She has previously worked as a curator at Oslo Museum (autumn 2014), work with editing, marketing, publishing, adult education, and university administration.


Tags: Traffic and Mobility, Museums and Museology, Digital Humanities, Mapping, Turisme, Spatial Humanities, Actor-Network Theory, Cultural History, History of Transport, Nature and the natural, History of knowledge, Transnational Relations


  • Skåden, Kristina (2017). Sientific Relations and Production of Knowledge: Hertzberg, Goethe and Humboldt, In Julian Drews; Ottmar Ette; Tobias Kraft; Barbara Schneider-Kempf & Jutta Weber (ed.),  Forster - Humboldt- Chamisso. Weltreisende im Spannungsfeld der Kulturen.  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.  ISBN 978-3-8471-0751-4.  Kapittel.  s 357 - 368
  • Skåden, Kristina (2006). Bilen virker: Forestillinger om Tyskland i Norge. Tidsskrift for kulturforskning.  ISSN 1502-7473.  5(1/2006), s 57- 75 Show summary
  • Skåden, Kristina (2006). Deutschland in Norwegen 1936-2002: Das Überschreiten räumlicher und ideologischer Grenzen, I: Thomas Hengartner & Johannes Moser (red.),  Grenzen & Differenzen: Zur Macht sozialer und kultureller Grenzziehungen. 35 Kongress der Deutschen gesellschaft für Volkskunde, Dresden 2005.  Leipziger Universitätsverlag.  ISBN 3-86583-088-9.  artikkel.  s 317 - 324
  • Skåden, Kristina (2005). Tyske bil(d)er i Norge, I: Bernd Henningsen; Frauke Stuhl & Jan Hecker-Stampehl (red.),  Norsk-tyske forbindelser gjennom hundre år. Ikke bare laks og pølser.  Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.  ISBN 3-8305-1074-8.  kapittel.

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  • Skåden, Kristina (2016). (Digital)Mapping, Science Relations and (Re)Producing Knowledge: Humboldt, Goethe, Hertzberg and Kølle.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2016). (Moe) husholdingens vitenskapsproduksjon og tre Stortingssaker.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2016). Goethe, Hertzberg und Kølle mit dem GPS - Raum-Konzepte in den Kultur- und Geisteswissenschaften-.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2016). Norge, ”Schöner als in der Schweiz“: Norsk-sveitsiske relasjoner i arbeidet for norske turisme..
  • Skåden, Kristina (2016). Space in the archive: The Norwegian Folklore Archive and narratives of mapping.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2015). Digital Mapping: Transforming Folklore Collections and knowledge production, or not?.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2015). Inspirasjonsinnlegg: Om å skrive prosjektbeskrivelse.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2015). Vegarbeid. Transnasjonale relasjoner i perioden 1800-1942: Tre eksempler. Folkeminner, tidsskrift for Norsk Folkeminnelag.  ISSN 1893-6458.  (62), s 26- 29
  • Skåden, Kristina (2013). Fra forskningsfronten, ved bordkanten.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2013). Kontakten Norge – Tyskland, bil og veg i mellomkrigstida.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2013). Vegarbeid. Transnasjonale relasjoner i perioden 1800-1942: Tre eksempler. Show summary
  • Skåden, Kristina (2011). Mapping the "New Germany": one Road, one Nation. Show summary
  • Skåden, Kristina (2011). Mapping the past/future; Autobahn on display.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2011). "Reichs-autobahn" landscapes mapped in the "New Germany".
  • Skåden, Kristina (2011). Reichsautobahn on display;Mapping the “New Germany” at the Exhibition “Die Strasse”.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2010). Bringing things back: Norwegians on the road in Germany 1933–1940.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2010, 26. juni). Campingvognas opptur.  Dagsavisen.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2010). Production of Landscape: Der Europäische Automobiltourist als Faktor in der Durchsetzung des Automobils.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2010). Røde veier - landskapstransformasjoner ved bilen.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Camping matters - Construction of the Norwegian car society and landscapes in the 1930s.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Camping matters – construction of/or representing the recreation-landscape.
  • Skåden, Kristina (ed.) (2009). Nettside for: International konferanseInternettside til: International conferans: Sentient creatures – Transforming biopolitics and life matters.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Norsk-tyske forbindelser i bil- og veisaken i mellomkrigstiden – et bidrag til norske landskapstransformasjoner?.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Perspectives on cars, roads and animals.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Presentation of: Alessandra Ponte; “Desert Testing” og “The house of light and entropy: inhabiting the American desert”.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Presentation of: Thomas Zeller, Driving Germany: The Landscape of the German Autobahn 1930-1970. New York: Berghahn 2007.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Røde veier - forflytniger av støv, snø, hester og turister.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Turisthistorie i Norge; presentert ved Dr. F. Scarlett.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2009). Øye for landskap - Landskapsforståelse i de norsk-tyske forbindelser i bil- og veisaker 1933 – 1940.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2006). The technologies of nature translation. German resources in the transformation of Norway in to a car-society.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2005). Deutschland in Norwegen 1936 - 2002: Das Überschreiten räumlicher und ideologischer Grenzen.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2005). "Vi bør komme dithen at bilene blir allemannseie". Ressursmobilisering for bilsamfunnet.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2005). Bilen virker: Frembringelser av Tyskland i Norge.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2003). Hvordan virker historien?. Show summary
  • Skåden, Kristina (2002). Norwegisch – deutsch Beziehungen auf wirtschaftlicher Ebene.
  • Skåden, Kristina (2002). This is not a roadmovie.

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Published Nov. 22, 2017 2:34 PM - Last modified Jan. 30, 2018 10:59 AM