Discover the winner of EVA DE LA GARDIE 2023: Mia-Marie Hammarlin

Mia-Marie Hammarlin is an associate Professor of Ethnology and Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies and Journalism at Lund University. 

Laureate of the 2023 Eva de la Gardie residency, Mia-Marie Hammarlin will stay at the Hôtel de Marle in the heart of the Marais district of Paris to visit and work with Elisabeth Astagneau-Delarocque and Sylvain Gautier for one month in November 2023.

As the principal investigator for the Rumour Mining-project, Hammarlin’s role is to lead the cross disciplinary team consisting of one sociologist, two language technologists, one research assistant and herself.

The Rumour Mining project is a 4-year research project between 2020-2023, financed by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, which focuses on the anti-vaccination movement. The aim of the project is to investigate the role and importance of rumouring for the vaccination skepticism growing on the internet, and how it can be understood as an expression of civic engagement in the present digital times entailing crucial transformations for everyday civic culture. The project combines theories and methods from ethnology, media and communication studies, and language technology.

The growing vaccination hesitancy [3] characterized by extensive discussions on the internet, constitutes the empirical focus. The project also has a method developing purpose in examining how quantitative (language technology) and qualitative (ethnographic) methods can be combined in an effective tool for exploring how arguments are established, emitted, and circulated on social media, and how people relate to these rumours in their own deliberations and decision-making in everyday life. Hammarlin is also running a subproject on vaccine imaginaries within a large multidisciplinary programme in Lund:

Furthermore, Lund University is a member of the European University alliance  EUGLOH along with University Paris-Saclay, France, and seven other universities in the EU since 2019.  

The Eva de la Gardie Programme will allow Mia-Marie Hammarlin and Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau to develop a teaching collaboration focusing on vaccinations as a continuation of the work within the European University Alliance EUGLOH. The goal is to continue the common academic endeavours for knowledge and awareness of vaccine history and vaccine refusal history. In fact, two new lectures on vaccine history and vaccine hesitancy history will be directed toward health care students at Université Paris-Saclay and Lund University.

The French Institute of Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Institute in France have organized on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, the official ceremony for the Eva de la Gardie residency. 

Mia-Marie Hammarlin was greated at the “Residence de France” by Etienne de Gonneville, the French Ambassador to Sweden and Sara Arrhenius, the Director of the Swedish Institute in Paris, and received her award. She  presented the “Rumour Mining” project and her motivations and goals for the coming stay in Paris.  

We look forward to learning more about future results of this research and cooperation. Once again congratulations to Mia-Marie Hammarlin for a very interesting project! 


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