Karl Gustafsson

Karl Gustafsson

Senior Research Fellow

Karl Gustafsson is professor of International Relations (IR) at Stockholm University and senior research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Karl’s research interests include IR theory, security, power and the role of collective memory in International Relations. He is also interested in issues related to research design and how material generated on the internet can be used for IR research purposes

Karl has acquired several research grants, including a four-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for a project on apologies and recognition in international politics and another four-year grant from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for a project on knowledge, memory and power on the Internet in East Asia.

He has previously held a post-doc position at Lund University. He has been a visiting researcher at Tokyo University, Osaka University, Keio University (Tokyo), Academia Sinica in Taipei and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen.

Karl’s peer-reviewed article ‘Memory Politics and Ontological Security in Sino-Japanese Relations’ won the Wang Gungwu Prize for best article published in Asian Studies Review in 2014 and his doctoral dissertation won the Stockholm University Association’s award for best dissertation (out of 66) in the Social Sciences in 2011.

He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Contemporary Security Policy, International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of International Relations and Development, Survival, European Political Science, Memory Studies, Review of International Studies, Cooperation and Conflict and The Pacific Review.

Areas of expertise
International Relations theory, collective memory, security, power, China, Japan

Recently published peer-reviewed journal articles

Identity change, anxiety and creativity: How 19th century Japan sought to leave Asia and become part of the West

The Limitations of Strategic Narratives: The Sino-American Struggle Over the Meaning of COVID-19

The Politics of Emotions in International Relations: Who gets to feel what, whose emotions matter, and the “history problem” in Sino-Japanese relations

Why is anxiety’s positive potential so rarely realised? Creativity and change in international politics

Returning to the Roots of Ontological Security: Insights from the existentialist anxiety literature

Understanding the persistence of history-related issues in Sino-Japanese relations: From memory to forgetting

International reconciliation on the Internet? Ontological security, attribution and the construction of war memory narratives in Wikipedia


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