Robin Ekelund holds a PhD in History. His research focuses on contemporary memory practices and history culture with a particular interest in digital settings, social media and most specifically Facebook. He teaches and leads courses on cultural history, cultural analysis, gender and intersectionality, theory of sciences, methods, academic writing, and degree projects on both basic and advanced levels.
During 2023, with funding from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, he is arranging two workshops on the theme of digital memory and history culture, where researchers from all Nordic countries and several different disciplines will participate. During the spring of 2023, he is also, together with Anne Berg (University of Gothenburg), acting editor for Historisk Tidskrift, a journal for which he previously was guest editor together with Karin Hassan Jansson for a special issue on Empirics which was published in 2022.
During 2019 and 2020 he worked on a postdoc project funded by the Crafoord Foundation with the title "History online. On the production of historical knowledge in digital communities". The purpose of the project was to explore how history, memories and knowledge about the past is produced by history interested groups of people on Facebook. Articles from the project has been published (accepted for publication) in the journals Memory Studies and Culture Unbound (will be published during 2022), as well as in a chapter in the edited volume Cross-Sections. Ekelund has also published an introduction to the field of Digital Memory Studies (in Swedish) in the journal Scandia (2020).
Ekelund gained his PhD in 2017 on a dissertation on the contemporary subcultural retro mod scene (written in Swedish, with an English summary). In the dissertation Ekelund studies how actors within the contemporary Swedish mod scene produces and performs associations with the 1960's and the origins of the mod culture.
During the fall of 2018, Ekelund did a short postdoc research project on the experiences of young Swedish men who are actively engaged in feminist groups and settings. This research was published in a special issue on men and masculinities in Culture Unbound (2020).