Anette Nyqvist
Anette Nyqvist

 

Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 26 94
E-mail: anette.nyqvist@socant.su.se
Room: B660

Research

Anette Nyqvist is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

In a general sense it can be said that Nyqvist’s research interests, so far, has been focused at the nexus of statecraft and market-making. Her contributions within the Anthropology of Organizations and the Anthropology of Policy is noted in volumes such as the Swedish monograph Ombudskapitalisterna. Institutionella ägares röst och roll (Liber, 2015), Organisational Anthropology: Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organizations (with Professor Christina Garsten for Pluto Press, 2013, and the monograph Reform and Responsibility in the Remaking of the Swedish National Pension System. Opening the Orange Envelope (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Nyqvist has several ongoing research projects. One is how institutional owners, such as pension funds and insurance companies, position themselves as the ‘do gooders’ of financial markets. In this project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, Nyqvist investigates how some of the world’s largest institutional owner organizations act within the field of RI (responsible investing). The project The Do-gooders of global finance. An ethnographic inquiry into what pension capital does – and does not do is focused on how some of the world’s largest pension funds attempt to proactively change and better specific industries. Ethnographic fieldwork has been conducted during a year-long stay as visiting researcher in USA. As part of this research project, Nyqvist has initiated a work of popular science under the working title “The Many Faces of Gold.” This work is done in collaboration with photographer Susanne Walström, www.walstrom.eu, and the two main products of this part of the project will be a book published by a commercial publishing house and a photo exhibit.

Nyqvist is also member of a large Oslo based research project called Forms of Ethics, Shapes of Finance, where qualitative studies of and in Norway’s so called Oil Fund is in focus. Her study within the project deals with The Global Role of the Council of Ethics and fieldwork is scheduled for 2018. Find the project website here.

In Nyqvist’s research within the program Global Foresight: Anticipatory governance and the making of geo-cultural scenarios, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, her focus is on the ideas, practices and processes of global economic forecasting and scenario making. Read more about the research program and the project here.

Nyqvist’s project within the program World Literature: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, connects back to her previous occupation as a journalist, travel writer and author. Here she investigates the role of travel literature as a literary genre that “mediates the world”. Read more about the research program and the project here.

Selected publications

2017

  • ’Talking like an institutional investor: on the gentle voices of financial giants’, in Power, Policy and Profit. Corporate Engagement in Politics and Government, eds C. Garsten and A. Sörbom. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs. Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals, with Hege Høyer Leivestad, NY: Palgrave MacMillan Books.
  • ‘Individuals and Industries: Large-Scale Professional Gatherings as Ethnographic Fields’ (with Hege Høyer Leivestad and Hans Tunestad), in Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs. Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals (ed. with Hege Høyer Leivestad), NY: Palgrave MacMillan Books.
  • ‘Scheduled Schmoozing: Notes on Interludal Practices at Responsible Investors’ Conferences’, in Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs. Shaping Industries, Creating Professionals (ed. with Hege Høyer Leivestad), NY: Palgrave MacMillan Books.

2016

  • Reform and Responsibility in the Remaking of the Swedish National Pension System. Opening the Orange Envelope. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Books.

  • Benefits and Challenges of the Second File, i The Anthropologist as Writer, red. H. Wulff. New York: Berghahn Books.

2015

  • Insecurity in an Orange Envelope. Implications of a Reformed National Pension System in Sweden. PoLAR, Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Vol. 38, No 2.
  • The Corporation Performed. Minutes from the Rituals of Annual General Meetings. Journal of Organizational Ethnography. Vol. 4, No. 3.

  • Den författande forskarens röst, i Skrivande om skrivande, red. Borgström, Helin, Norbäck och Raviola. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

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 Anette Nyqvist List of Publications (406 Kb)

Teaching

2017

  • Advanced level, Master’s program, Individual Tutorial, workshop on abstract writing. Fall semester.
  • Advanced level, PhD program. Shared main supervisor (since Spring 2017 – cont.).
  • Advanced level, PhD program. Examiner of literature course Anthropological writing genres. 
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, Writing Anthropology Workshop Series. Development of new course and pedagogical form, course organizer and lecturer. Spring semester.
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, lecturer at Anthropological Perspectives on Organizations, Spring semester.

2015

  • Advanced level, Master’s program, Writing Anthropology Workshop Series. Development of new course and pedagogical form, course organizer and lecturer. Spring semester.
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, coordinator and responsible for course Master Thesis. Spring semester.
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, course organizer and lecturer (with Christina Garsten) Anthropological Perspectives on Organizations, Spring semester.

2014

  • Advanced level, Master’s program, Writing Anthropology Workshop Series. Development of new course and pedagogical form, course organizer and lecturer. Fall semester.
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, coordinator and responsible for course Individual tutorial. Fall semester.
  • Secondary supervisor for one PhD student (since Fall semester 2014 - cont.).
  • Basic level, Social Anthropology III, Current Anthropological Debates, course organizer and lecturer Spring semester.
  • Advanced level, Master’s program, course organizer and lecturer (with Christina Garsten) Anthropological Perspectives on Organizations, Spring semester.

Research funding/grants

2016

  • Forms of Ethics, Shapes of Finance: Ethnographic Explorations of the Limits of Contemporary Capital, participating funded guest researcher in this large programme funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Head of project is Knut Christian Myhre, University of Oslo. Research program focused on the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

2015

Research networks

  • Oikos. Working group at Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), NYU
  • Craft of Ethnography. Working group at Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), NYU
  • Social Rights Workshop at Columbia University
  • Anthropology of Mining Research Network
  • Association of the Anthropology of Policy, ASAP
  • Critical Finance Studies
  • Illegal Hunting Research Network
  • Sustainable Investment Research Network

Conferences, workshops

2017

  • Presentation of paper “The Materiality and Organization of Gold” at Matter and Organisation, Organizers: Hannah Knox and Penny Harvey. Annual International Ethnography Symposium, Manchester, August 29-September 1.
  • Active participation with paper ”Gold. Kenya-India” in Advanced Narrative workshop with Tim Cahill. Book Passage Travel Writers’ Conference, Corte Madera, CA. August 11-13.
  • Presentation of chapter ”The Travelling Story of Pettersson in the Pacific” at Book Passage Travel Writers’ Conference, Corte Madera, CA. August 11-13.
  • ”Chains of Value.” Social Studies of Finance network conference, invited participant, The University of Edinburgh, May 4-5.
  • ”Writing workshop.” Global Foresight: Governance and the Making of Geo-cultural Scenarios. 4th project meeting. Siena, Italy, April 23-29.
  • ”Initiation workshop.” Vernacular Crime Narratives, Cosmopolitan Mediascapes, VCNCM. Department of English, Stockholm University, March 20-22.
  • ”World-making workshop.” Text meeting within World Literature: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics. Department of English, Stockholm University. February 10.

2016

  • “Conceptual workshop.” Global Foresight: Anticipatory Governance and the Making of Geo-cultural Scenarios. 3rd project meeting. Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU, New York. November 14-15.
  • ”The Many Faces of Gold”. Presentation at Objects and Images: Anthropological Perspectives on Materiality and Visuality, Stockholm Anthropology Roundtable, Stockholm University, October 6-7.
  • ”World Literatures: Scales of Reading.” Andra workshopen inom programmet World Literature: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics. Uppsala universitet. September 15-16.
  • ”Launch and workshop.” Global Foresight: Anticipatory governance and the making of geo-cultural scenarios. Stockholm university. August 18-19.
  • Global Money: Past, Present, and Future of the Global Monetary System. The Committee of Global Thought (CGT), Columbia University, invited participant, April 25.
  • Critical Studies of Derivative Capitalism. IPK, NYU, invited participant, April 21-24.
  • Shaping the Future of Responsible Investment: PRI 10 year anniversary conference. UN PRI, invited participant, New York, April 14.
  • Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Justice after the Welfare State. Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, invited participant, New York, April 2.
  • The Future of Banking. LMHQ, New York, February 22.
  • Global Foresight: Anticipatory Governance and the Making of Geo-cultural Scenarios. 1st programme meeting. Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, February 8.

2015

  • Risky business, risky investments. RI Americas 7th annual Conference. Bloomberg New York, December 8-9.
  • Investment Treaty Reform: Shaping Economic Governance in the Era of Sustainable Development. Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia University, November 10-11.
  • The Global History of Capitalism, Fordham University, New York, November 5.
  • Participation in the workshop “Contours of Critical Finance Studies.” Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, New York, October 2.
  • Participation in “Symposium: Ethnography Meets Journalism.” Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, New York, September 21.
  • Participation in the workshop “Social Justice after the Welfare State.” Columbia University, New York, September 18.
  • Participation in the conference “Financial Reform After the Crisis.” Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, New York, September 18.
  • “Mining Encounters. Extractive industries in an overheated world”. The Overheating Project. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Invited discussant. April 27-29.
  • “Insights from being external evaluator of Formas”. Presentation at workshop for Chairs of Evaluation Panels, Formas Stockholm, April 22.

2014

  • "Imagining the South Seas in Mid-Twentieth Century Sweden”. Presentation at Executive Panel: Writing Europe and Diaspora: Engaging with Anthropology’s Interlocutors, organized by Helena Wulff and Deborah Reed-Danahay at AAA conference (American Anthropological Association) in Washington, DC, December 3-7. 
  • ”The Role of Travel Literature in the Production of Paradise”. Presentation at panel Writing across Borders: Textual Mediation and Collaboration in an Interconnected World, organized by Helena Wulff and Pál Nyíri at EASA (European Association for Social Anthropology) in Tallin, Estonia, July 31-August 3.
  • “Illegal hunting in Sweden. Experiences from research at The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention”. Presentation at Research Workshop on Illegal Hunting. International expert workshop, organized by SLU, held at Copenhagen University, June 16-17.
  • “Den författande forskarens röst”. Presentation of book chapter at workshop, GRI, University of Gothenburg, May 27.
  • ”Samverkan som påverkansverktyg för institutionella ägare”. Presentation at panel Exploring Collaborative Economies, organized by Anette Nyqvist and Susann Ullberg at SANT conference (Sveriges antropologers förbund), Linköping University, April 3-5.

Membership on boards

  • Member of the Board at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

Service to the profession

2017

  • Chair at the public defense of Jannete Hentati’s doctoral thesis, Stockholm University. September 8.

  • Member of Advisory Board for the research program Forms of Ethics, Shapes of Finance: Ethnographic Explorations of the Limits of Contemporary Capital, University of Oslo, Norway.

2016

  • External evaluator of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA.
  • Peer reviewer for PoLar.
  • Expert reviewer of grant applications for Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Forte.

2015

  • Director of Studies advanced level and PhD program, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University (through June).
  • Coordinator of Minor Field Studies grants at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University (through June).
  • Organizer of weekly research seminars at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Spring semester.
  • External evaluator of PhD thesis, at Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.

2014

  • External evaluator of PhD thesis, at Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.

Consultancy assignments

2014

  • Contacted as independent external observer at Formas’ research council’s evaluations processes 2014. Stockholm, September-October.

Editorial assignments

  • Contributing column editor for ASAP column in Anthropology News, AAA, USA (through December 2014).
  • Editor of the Score Report Series (with Martin Gustavsson), Score (Stockholm Center for Organizational Research), Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics (through December 2014).

Lectures, seminars, teaching

2016

  • “Opening the Orange Envelope.” Open lecture at Oslo University College. September 7.

  • “Organizational Anthropology. Ethnographies of organization and at workplaces.” Seminar at Qualitative Methods Forum, Centre for the Study of Professions at Oslo University College. September 7.

  • “Ethnography: Organizational and workplace fieldwork”. Lecture at advanced level course Strategies for Social and Cultural Analysis. Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University. March 21.

2015

  • “Anthropological Methods.” Lecture, practical exercise and seminar within OSMP, IFL Executive Education, Stockholm School of Economics. March 3.

2014

  • “The Ethnographic Study of Media Production. Insights from Organizational Anthropology”. Lecture at course Media Studies: Keywords for the Present. Production. Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University. December 18.
  • “Cultures of Finance and Institutional Investors”. Seminar at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU, NY. December 1.
  • “Anthropological Methods”. Lecture, practical exercise and seminar within OSMP, IFL Executive Education, Stockholm School of Economics. September 4.
  • “Anthropological Methods”. Lecture, practical exercise and seminar within OSMP, IFL Executive Education, Stockholm School of Economics. March 6.

Collaboration with the broader community

Media

2017

Lectures

2015

  • ”Organisationsantropologiska perspektiv på pensioner.” Lecture at SULFs membership meeting, March 26.

Information about past activities can be found in the Department’s previous Annual Reports.