Anette Nyqvist

Visiting Scholar, 2015-2016

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,, 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. 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. 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”.

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