Professor at the Department of Gender Studies and senior lecturer (docent) in history. My main fields of interest are gender history, medical history, gay and lesbian studies, critical disability studies, crip theory, and queer theory.
At the undergraduate level I teach Swedish-language courses in Theory and Method in Gender Studies, as well as the Introductory Course and Bachelor Course at the Bachelor Programme Equality and Diversity Management, which is also in Swedish. Also, I teach on the English-language undergraduate courses ‘Gender, Social Change and Diversity’, and ‘Scandinavian Models of Equality’. At the Graduate School’s International Masters Programme I teach on the courses ’Critical Feminist Perspectives in Social Theory’ and ’Gender, Class, Ethnicity, and Sexuality’. At the PhD-level I supervise doctoral students and am a board member of ‘InterGender - Consortium and Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies’. The purpose of InterGender is to create a network for all PhD students in gender studies in Sweden, and from a number of partners in other countries in Europe (Humboldt University in Berlin, University of Utrecht, Central European University in Budapest, Helsinki University and Norway’s National Research School in Gender Research). InterGender organises PhD courses and network meetings for doctoral candidates in Gender Studies.
Throughout my career I have studied sexuality, most often in a historical perspective. I have published several books on LGBTQ history, and I was one of those who introduced Queer Theory in Sweden in the 1990s. In recent years I have become interested in Critical Disability Research and Crip Theory. My interest for sexuality and society has led me to the study sex work in a historical perspective, and, most recently, the effects of the AIDS epidemic on Swedish civil society.
My latest book, Loneliness and its opposite: Sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement, is written together with the social anthropologist Don Kulick. The project, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council, investigates the possibilities for people with significant physical or intellectual disabilities to develop a positive sexuality. We show how in Denmark the sexuality of people with disabilities is acknowledged, discussed and facilitated, whereas in Sweden a large group of people is abandoned and refused the right to develop their sexuality. In consequence, Swedish authorities systematically neglect their ethical responsibility toward people with significant disability.
A new area of research is sex work. Since 2014 I am part of the European Cost Action network Prospol – Comparing European prostitution policies: Understanding scales and cultures of governance, with more than 40 participant researchers from 24 countries. The network will result in a number of books and articles on European prostitution policies. My contribution is a historical investigation, Scandinavian sex workers’ organisations: Social movements in changing landscapes, which will compare sex workers’ organisations in Sweden, Denmark and Norway from the 1970s until the present.
From the fall of 2017 I begin a new project together with Lena Lennerhed, historian at Södertörn University. The project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, is called When the state won’t do: AIDS and civil society 1984–2000, and it investigates how different voluntary organisations reacted on the AIDS epidemic in Sweden. In what way did existing associations, like the RFSU and the RFSL, adapt their activities, and how did new groups, such as Noak’s Ark, PositHiva gruppen, and Convictus, organise? What conflicts arose, both between the organisations and between them and the state? The project will result in a book in Swedish and a number of articles in English.
Don Kulick & Jens Rydström (2015). Loneliness and its opposite: Sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement. Durham: Duke University Press.
Jens Rydström (2012). "Introduction: Crip Theory in Scandinavia," lambda nordica, vol. 17, no. 1-2, pp. 9-20.
Jens Rydström (2011). Odd couples: A History of Gay Marriage in Scandinavia. Amsterdam: Aksant / Amsterdam University Press.
Jens Rydström, Kati Mustola (eds. 2007). Criminally Queer: Homosexuality and Criminal Law in Scandinavia 1842–1999. Amsterdam: Aksant Academic Publishers (Available from Amsterdam University Press’ home page, www.aup.nl.)
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Crips with a cause: Disability, Socialism, and Sexuality in Denmark and Sweden, 1971- 1989
- Danskt och svenskt väsen. Varför kan personer med grava funktionsnedsättningar ha sex i Danmark men inte i Sverige?
- Denmark and Sweden: Different discourses of sex and disability
- Ingår sex i ett normalt liv? En jämförelse mellan Danmark och Sverige
- Varför stängdes Sverige? Om sexualitet och funktionshinder i Danmark och Sverige från 1960-talet till idag
- Viktig avhandling om homohistoria
- "I'm an ordinary faggot" – Scripts of male homosexuality in urban and rural Sweden in the 1940s
- "Var är maktanalysen, Mikael Nordenmark?"
- Death, Modernity, and the Body: Sweden 1870-1940
- Odd Couples: A History of Gay Marriage in Scandinavia
- Vad kan man prata om? Funktionshinder och sexualitet i Danmark och Sverige under 1900-talet
- “Don’t forget that matrimony is a holy act, even when it is a civil ceremony”: Changes in sexual norms and the conceptualization of gay families in Scandinavia since the 1990s
- Criminally Queer: Criminal Law and Homosexuality in Scandinavia 1842–1999
- Cripteori om sex och funktionshinder
- Dagens män längtar efter andra världskrigets mansideal
- Den goda sexualiteten. Inledning tema sex
- Dis-junctures: An historical and anthropological study of disability, citizenship and sexuality in Denmark and Sweden, from 1925 to the present day
- Diskré homoliv
- Kvinnor, män och alla andra: en svensk genushistoria
- Från det folkligaste till det formella: (Hetero)Normativitet i populär sexualupplysning och lagar under första halvan av 1900-talet
- Legalizing Love in a Cold Climate: The History, Consequences and Recent Developments of Registered Partnerships in Scandinavia
- Registrerat partnerskap i Norden
- The homosexual body: Ernst Kretschmer and Swedish forensic psychiatry 1925-1950
- Undantagsmänniskor: En svensk HBT-historia
- Varför behövs transhistoria?
- Why marry? or From underdog to lapdog: The history of registered partnerships in Scandinavia
- Appendix: Nordic laws relevant to samesex sexuality 1683-1999
- Att queera historien: Framväxten av ett nordiskt forskningsfält
- Befria mannen!
- Greenland and the Faroe Islands 1866-1988: Atlantic sexualities
- Introduction: Same-sex sexuality and the law in Scandinavia 1842-2007
- Staten som vän eller fiende? Individ och samhälle i svenskt 1900-tal
- Sweden 1864-1978: Beasts and beauties
- Women and laws on same-sex sexuality
- From outlaw to in-law: On registered partnership for homosexuals in Scandinavia, its history and cultural implications
- Från fula gubbar till goda föräldrar: Synen på sexualitet och genus i lagstiftning och debatt 1944-2004
- Gender, power, and sexuality: Crossroads in Sweden
- Homosexualitetens historia - ett försummat forskningsfält: Med efterskrift om tiden 1995-2003
- "Sodomitical sins are threefold": Typologies of bestiality, masturbation, and homosexuality in Sweden 1880-1950
- Beasts and beauties: Bestiality and male homosexuality in rural Sweden 1880-1950
- Between men and animals: Homosexuality, bestiality and criminal law in Sweden 1864-1978
- The Ombudsman for gays and lesbians: The Swedish welfare state and its tolerance of deviation