Karen Ann Blom

Doctoral Student in Education
Department of Natural and Social Sciences , School of Education and Communication
Doctoral Programmes , School of Education and Communication

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Research

Who am I? Who are you? Who and where we are now is often impacted by where our ancestors came from. The hunt for one’s roots seems to reveal a longing for the past, seeking to find belonging. In a more globalised, digital world with more people in movement and increasingly less personal “face to face” interaction, more and more individuals experience the need to connect to a place or places to belong.

Karen Ann’s dissertation examines presented narratives and personal history use in family history research experiences. The aim is to study and increase knowledge of individuals understandings and negotiations with family history research, historical narratives, and individuals' perceptions of learning, place and identity.

Biography

Originally an Elementary school teacher, Karen Ann has a great deal of experience in both practice and in academia throughout which she as developed her thinking surrounding what exactly “learning” can mean in various contexts. During her teaching practice, Karen Ann has participated in active research. At the Institute of International and Comparative Education (IIE), Stockholm University Karen Ann studied and wrote her Masters Thesis entitled, “The Transmission of Indigenous Culture: An Analysis of Policy Implementation and Reflection of Non-Formal Education and Sami Community Perspectives in Sweden” which was well received and published. Thereafter Karen Ann has worked with various research projects including “Education for Rural Transformation” (ERT) as well as examining children’s social interactions within schools.

Karen Ann has worked as an adjunct and has taught several courses within teacher education and in elective courses. She was one of two doctoral candidate representatives HLK PhD group and was on the JU level doctoral student council. 

Article

Blom, K. (2024). The banal significance of family history research: Experiences and narratives from participants of Swedish non-formal family history courses Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education, 11(1), 18-29. More information
Blom, K. (2023). “What is the Real Sweden?”: Negotiating a presented frame of identity from within "Allt för Sverige" Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 15(2), 22-44. More information
Blom, K. (2022). Navigating narratives of genetic categorization at the frayed edges of identity New genetics and society (Print), 41(4), 334-357. More information
Cederborg, A., Ringmar Sylwander, K., Blom, K. (2016). Research expanding current understandings of bullying in Sweden Pensamiento Psicológico, 14(1), 131-146. More information

Doctoral thesis

Blom, K. (2024). Ordinary people, meaningful pasts – Negotiating narratives in public pedagogical spaces of family history research (Doctoral thesis, Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication). More information

Book chapter

Chinapah, V., Blom, K. (2013). Education for Rural Transformation (ERT) Good Practices: Myth or reality!. In: Vinayagum Chinapah (Ed.), Education for Rural Transformation (ERT): Good practices from national and international perspectives, Volume 1: From theory to practice (pp. 31 -52). Stockholm: Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University More information
Chinapah, V., Blom, K., Gani-Dutt, K. (2013). Introduction. In: Vinayagum Chinapah (Ed.), Education for Rural Transformation (ERT): Good practices from national and international perspectives, Volume 1: From theory to practice Stockholm: Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University More information
Chinapah, V., Blom, K., Gani-Dutt, K. (2013). Introduction. In: Vinayagum Chinapah (Ed.), Education for Rural Transformation (ERT): Good practices from national and international perspectives, Volume 2: The "schooling" challenge Stockholm: Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University More information
Chinapah, V., Blom, K. (2012). Introduction. In: Vinayagum Chinapah (Ed.), Voices from within: Redefining the “Spaces” of international and comparative education, a collective contribution Stockholm: Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University More information

Conference paper

Blom, K. (2023). Negotiated learning of the past for knowing in the present: Family history encounters with(in)Sweden. De Svenska Historiedagarna [The Swedish Historical Days Conference], Uppsala, 30 september–2 oktober 2022. More information
Blom, K. (2023). “You have to come from somewhere!”: Family history, public pedagogical spaces of negotiation. Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, Lärande och kommunikations doktorandsymposium 2023, 14 december 2023. More information
Blom, K. (2021). Emotional Assemblage of Place in the Process of Authentication. Paris: European Sociological Association, 15th ESA Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2021, Barcelona, Spain. More information
Blom, K. (2021). The Transitional Space of Genetic Ancestry Maps in the Construction of Identity. Space and Place in the Humanities Workshop, 8-10 June, Stockholm, Sweden. More information
Blom, K. (2019). At the Crossroads of Learning, Place, and Identity. American Studies in Sweden Workshop, October 4-5, 2019, Uppsala, Sweden. More information

Other publications

Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2023). Balans mellan undervisning och forskning + besök av prof. Tobias Samuelsson! Doktorandpodd@HLK: Avsnitt 15 av HLKs doktorandpodd. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2023). Vad är det här om HLKs doktorandsymposium och ska Jens bli pappa?: Avsnitt 18 av HLKs doktorandpodd. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2023). Vara på konferens om rädsla och vad gör andra doktorander?: Avsnitt 16 av HLKs doktorandpodd. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2023). Nyfiken på MKV-doktoranden Annika W!: Avsnitt 17 av HLKs doktorandpodd. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2022). HLK:s doktorandpodd 2022: En doktorandpodd av doktorander vid Högskolan för Lärande och Kommunikation, Jönköping University.. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2021). HLK:s doktorandpodd 2021: En doktorandpodd av doktorander från Högskolan för Lärande och Kommunikation vid Jönköping University [podcast]. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikations doktorandorganisation, Jönköping University More information
Sjöberg, J., Blom, K., Rostedt, J. (2020). HLK:s doktorandpodd 2020: En doktorandpodd av doktorander vid Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation vid Jönköping University [podcast]. Jönköping: Jönköping University, Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation More information

Conference proceedings (editor)

Blom, K., Rostedt, J., Sjöberg, J. (Eds.). (2023). Lärande och kommunikations doktorandsymposium 2023: Abstrakt bok. , Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication More information