Short CV/Education and training

Present employment

  • 2016
    Deputy vice chancellor Umeå University

  • 2007
    Professor of English literature, Umeå University


  • 1998
    Ph D English literature, Umeå University

  • 1993
    MA in English 20 credits (one term) Umeå University

  • 1980
    Teaching diploma for upper secondary school (Sw. gymnasium), Umeå University

  • 1979
    BA in English 60 credits (three terms) and Swedish 60 credits (three terms), Umeå University

  • 1975
    Upper secondary school, 3-year Liberal Arts Line (Humanities Programme)

Selected publications

  • Heidi Hansson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth and Anka Ryall, ed., The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults, New York: Routledge, 2020.

  • Fionna Barber, Heidi Hansson and Sara Dybris McQuaid, ed., Ireland and the North, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019.

  • Heidi Hansson och Anka Ryall ed., Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

  • Heidi Hansson and James H. Murphy, ed, Fictions of the Irish Land War (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).

  • Heidi Hansson and Cathrine Norberg, ed., Cold Matters: Cultural Perceptions of Snow, Ice and Cold, Umeå: Northern Studies Monographs 1, 2009.

  • New Contexts: Re-Framing Irish Nineteenth-Century Women’s Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson, Cork: Cork University Press, 2008.

  • Emily Lawless 1845-1913: Writing the Interspace, Cork: Cork University Press, 2007.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Foreign North: Travel Writing about Northern Scandinavia 1789 – 1914

  • Fictions of the Irish Land War

  • The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of ARCUM, Arctic Research Centre Umeå University, since 2012

  • Member of the steering committee of Hana-Academy, Finnish-Swedish cultural collaboration, since 2016

  • Member of the prize committee for Uppsala University Foundation for Umeå, since 2012

  • Member of the editorial committee of Nordic Irish Studies, since 2014

  • Vice chair of the committee for humanities and social sciences, Swedish Research Council, 2016

  • Chair of the sub-committee for languages and linguistic research, Swedish Research Council, 2016

  • Member of the board of STINT, The Swedish Foundation for International Co-operation in Research and Higher Education, 2013 – 2016

  • External assessor of humanities research Vaasa University Finland, 2010, 2015

  • Head and Assistant Head of the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University 2008 – 2014

  • Member of the national assessment group for English, Swedish Higher Education Authority, 2012

  • Member of steering committee for Gender Research Umeå University, 2010 – 2015

  • Member and chair of the committee for education, Umeå School of Education, 2010 – 2011

  • Assessor of English, Södertörn University College, 2010

  • Member of the committee for post-doctoral research in humanities and social sciences, Swedish Research Council, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of steering committee for Northern Studies Umeå University, 2007 – 2012

  • Member of the Humanities Research Committee Umeå University, 2005 – 2014

  • Member of the Humanities Faculty Board, Umeå University, 2002 – 2008

  • Member of the board of Nordic Irish Studies Network, 2002 – 2006


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