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Kristin Ewins

Title: Director School/office: Office for Academic Policy

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Kristin Ewins

About Kristin Ewins

I'm Associate Professor of English and, since 2013, Director of the Centre for Academic Development at Örebro University. As a researcher, teacher and leader, I'm interested in how collegiality and deliberative processes can contribute to higher education as and for public good. In my current research, I use key concepts developed within the Norwegian research project Formation and Competence Building of University Academic Developers, of which I've been a part since the start in 2015. The project is led by Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Academic Development. In the research on academic development at Örebro, we also draw on central perspectives within the action research tradition established by Karin Rönnerman. Much of our research lies close to our practice and I feel exceedingly proud to be leading a group of colleagues who embody values associated with innovation, collegiality and professional responsibility. I very much look forward to organising the conference Research on Higher Education on 19-20 May 2021 in collaboration with the peer-reviewed journal Högre utbildning.

As a teacher, I convene the courses Supervising PhD students and Education for sustainable development, and one of the most enjoyable and enriching aspects of my job is the opportunity to meet with colleagues from different academic cultures and subject traditions. I sometimes miss meeting students and I'm deeply shaped by my previous experiences as a lecturer at Salford University, and before that as a visiting lecturer and tutor at Goldsmiths College London and at various colleges within Oxford University.

My research background began with a doctoral degree in English at Oxford University in 2009, with a thesis looking at British women writers of the 1930s and the relationship between their writing and political engagement. My earliest publications are in the field of literature and politics, and I spent seven years as an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism. In 2016–2019 I was also chair of the Raymond Williams Society. Another early research interest is periodical studies, and together with colleagues from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, I built up the research network European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) from its inception in 2009 to an organisation that now spans the whole of Europe and beyond. As part of ESPRit's board, I co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of European Periodical Studies (JEPS) in 2016 and I'm still one of its editors. Since 2018, I'm also chair of ESPRit.

What I most enjoy about my job is working with strategic academic development in all sorts of different forms and contexts. It's a privilege to have such wonderful conditions for doing just that. Read more about Örebro University's strategic investment in academic development and practice-based research.

Publications

Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers | 

Articles in journals

Ewins, K. (2017). Swedish Communism in Print, 1917–45. Twentieth Century Communism (12), 169-199.
Van Remoortel, M. , Ewins, K. , Koffeman, M. & Philpotts, M. (2016). Joining Forces: European Periodical Studies as a New Research Field. Journal of European Periodical Studies, 1 (1), 1-3.
Ewins, K. (2015). Revolutionizing a mode of life: leftist middlebrow fiction by women in the 1930s. English Literary History - ELH, 82 (1), 251-279.
Ewins, K. (2012). The idea of Africa in Winifred Holtby's Mandoa Mandoa!. Review of English Studies, 63 (258), 118-138.
Ewins, K. (2009). "The better it is written the worse it is": Storm Jameson on popular fiction and the political novel. Key Words. A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 7, 92-109.
Ewins, K. (2008). A history of fritillary: a magazine of the Oxford Women's Colleges, 1894-1931. Notes and Queries, 55 (1), 60-64.
Ewins, K. (2008). The question of socialist fiction and Sylvia Townsend Warner in the thirties. Literature Compass, 5 (3), 657-667.

Articles, book reviews

Ewins, K. (2011). My decade: Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (5651), 20-20.
Ewins, K. (2011). Review of: Give me your heart: tales of mystery and suspense. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (5626), 21-21.
Ewins, K. (2010). Last hours: Tinkers by Paul Harding. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (5597), 22-22.
Ewins, K. (2009). Days of Grace by Catherine Hall. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement.
Ewins, K. (2008). The Pilgrims: by Mary Shelley. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (November 28).
Ewins, K. (2007). Original sins: the Gathering by Anne Enright. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (7 March).
Ewins, K. (2007). The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement.
Ewins, K. (2006). Musing on matters aquataic: The Sea lady: a late romance by Margaret Drabble. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (August 18).
Ewins, K. (2006). The Madonnas of Leningrad: by Debra Dean. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (21 July).
Ewins, K. (2006). The urban soul: Hope and other urban tales by Laura Hird. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (November 10).

Chapters in books

Ewins, K. , Fremstad, E. , Fossland, T. & Ragnhild, S. (2020). Deliberative leadership: Moving beyond dialogue. In: Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Ciaran Sugrue, Leading higher education as and for public good: Rekindling education as praxis (pp. 107-124). London: Routledge.
Sutphen, M. , Englund, T. & Ewins, K. (2020). Intellectual virtues for leading higher education. In: Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Ciaran Sugrue, Leading higher education as and for public good: Rekindling education as praxis (pp. 80-91). London: Routledge.
Ewins, K. (2019). Professional Women Writers. In: Benjamin Kohlmann and Matthew Taunton, A History of 1930s British Literature (pp. 58-71). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ewins, K. (2011). "History is only biological": history, bodies and national identity in The Gathering and "Switzerland". In: Claire Bracken, Susan Cahill, Anne Enright (pp. 127-144). Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Conference papers

Bergh, A. , Ewins, K. & Lidskog, M. (2018). What is the Difference Between Knowing a Subject and Teaching it?: Interpreation and Guidance of Teaching in Higher Education. Paper presented at The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2018), Bolzano, Italy, September 3-7, 2018.
Ewins, K. (2017). Constructing Working Mums in Sweden and the UK. Paper presented at Center for Feminist Social Studies Research Seminar, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden, April 4, 2017.
Ewins, K. , Bergh, A. & Lidskog, M. (2017). What is the difference between knowing a subject and teaching it?: Enactments of teaching in higher education. Paper presented at 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 23-25, 2017.
Ewins, K. (2016). Negotiations of the Foreign in Communist Periodicals at Times of Crisis, 1917–29. Paper presented at 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), Periodical Counter Cultures, Liverpool, UK, July 7-8, 2016.
Ewins, K. (2016). Women Who Work: Contemporary Discourses in Sweden and the UK. Paper presented at Gender and the Public Sphere, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden, December 7, 2016.
Ewins, K. (2015). A Day Off: Worklessness for Women in the 1930s. Paper presented at Worklessness in British and American Literature, Uppsala, Sweden, October 16, 2015.
Ewins, K. (2015). Leftist Middlebrow Women Writers. Paper presented at English Research Seminar, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 2015.
Ewins, K. (2014). Leftist Middlebrow Women Writers. Paper presented at English Research Seminar, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 2014..
Ewins, K. (2014). Sylvia Townsend Warner and Late Modernist Pastoral. Paper presented at Modernism Now! BAMS International Conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, London, UK, 26-28 June, 2014..
Ewins, K. (2014). Sylvia Townsend Warner in Spain. Paper presented at Crossing the Space Between, 1914-1945 - The 16th annual conference of the multidisciplinary society, Institute of English Studies, University of London, London, UK, July 17-19, 2014..
Ewins, K. (2014). Sylvia Townsend Warner, the Popular Front and the Ethics of Form. Paper presented at Modernism and the Moral Life, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, May 30, 2014..
Ewins, K. (2013). Leftist Middlebrow Women Writers in the 1930s. Paper presented at Culture, Journals, and Working-Class Movements, 1820-1979, Working Class Movement Library, Salford, UK, 16 May, 1913..
Ewins, K. (2012). Working with Primary Material in Periodical Studies. Paper presented at North-West Periodicals Studies Workshops Series, Working-Class Movement Library, Salford, UK, 2012..
Ewins, K. (2010). Carcanet Press and Contemporary Poetry Publishing. Paper presented at Material Cultures 2010, University of Edinburgh,Edingburgh, UK, 2010..
Ewins, K. (2010). Modern Women and Periodical Culture in 1910. Paper presented at The December 1910 Centenary Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 10-12 December, 2010..
Ewins, K. (2010). Storm Jameson on Popular Fiction and the Political Novel. Paper presented at Research Seminar, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 17 March, 2010..
Ewins, K. (2010). Winifred Holtby and Africa. Paper presented at English Research Seminar, University of Northampton, Northhampton, United Kingdom, 2010..
Ewins, K. (2010). Winifred Holtby, Imperialism and Trade Unionism in South Africa. Paper presented at Manchester Labour Movement Research Group Seminar, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, December, 2010..
Ewins, K. (2009). Leftist Middlebrow Fiction of the 1930s. Paper presented at Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Series, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 2009..
Ewins, K. (2009). Leftist Middlebrows and Virginia Woolf. Paper presented at Centre for Modernism Studies, University of Sussex, Sussex, UK, 2009..
Ewins, K. (2008). Bodies and National Identity in Anne Enright's The Gathering. Paper presented at Unsettling Women: Contemporary Women's Writing and Diaspora, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 11-13 July, 2008..
Ewins, K. (2008). Revolutionising a Mode of Life: Leftist Middlebrow Fiction by Women in the 1930s. Paper presented at English Research Seminar, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK, 2008..
Ewins, K. (2007). "A New Literature": Storm Jameson's Visual-Fictional Strategies. Paper presented at Women and Visual Culture, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2007..
Ewins, K. (2007). Anti-Imperialism and Socialism in Winifred Holtby's Work of the Early Thirties. Paper presented at Winifred Holtby Colloquium, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, 2007..
Ewins, K. (2007). Politicised Middlebrow in the 1930s. Paper presented at Investigating the Middlebrow, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 23rd June, 2007..
Ewins, K. (2007). Women Writers and the Spanish Civil War. Paper presented at Gender and History Forum, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2007..
Ewins, K. (2006). Storm Jameson and the Documentary Novel. Paper presented at Thirties Genres: Genre, Writing and Culture in Britain in the 1930s, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 1st July, 2006..
Ewins, K. (2006). Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Spanish Civil War. Paper presented at Sylvia Townsend Warner Colloquium, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, 2006..
Ewins, K. (2006). The Spanish Civil War in the Work of Sylvia Townsend Warner. Paper presented at War Without Limits: Spain, 1936-39 and Beyond, University of Bristol, Bristol, 17-19 July, 2006..
Ewins, K. (2005). 1848 in the Mind of a 1930s Radical. Paper presented at 1848: The Year the World Turned?, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK, 23rd June, 2005..