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Per Elias Cornell


Per Elias Cornell
+46 31 786 5987

Room number: J510
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Per Elias Cornell

Born in 1962, Per Cornell, an associate professor, works as a lecturer in archaeology.

I teach undergraduate, postgraduate and research training as well as working with research. For several years I worked as a university teacher in Argentina and Sri Lanka. I finished my PhD in 1993 with a thesis on urban areas in the Americas before the Europeans and became an associate professor in 2001. I have actively worked with educational issues in a project for college work and have worked with the development department's degree programs, one on the first level with a focus on cultural issues, KAS, and two on the second level with a focus on cultural heritage and archaeological field work and assignments in archaeology, COM and APT. KAS and COM are collaborations between disciplines and departments at the University.

I am currently the coordinator for the master's programs. The graduate program has eight doctoral students for whom I am their sole supervisor, while I am also a bi-supervisor of several others. I also have the main responsibility for master theses in archaeology.
One of my most important fields of research for development is society and man; within this field I have conducted and coordinated more than ten archaeological field seasons in South America. In particular, I have studied pre-Spanish buildings, as well as archaeological remains from the time when the European conquest fundamentally changed conditions on the continent. This was included in the framework of a VR project. Another key area of my research is in cultural meetings and change. Currently I am working on issues related to the early modern city quarters from the 16th and 17th Century. During this time, a long series of cities were founded and developed by European rulers and colonizers. These cities became a place for cultural meetings and often violent confrontations. The expression of these cities ranged over the world but there were also commonalities.

Other important research tracks involve the Scandinavian Bronze Age, particularly the so-called ‘hällristingsmaterialet’ (Rock Carvings) from Bohuslän, where new archaeological input provides an interesting research topic.

I am also interested in the possibility of using archaeology in the study of the contemporary; I wrote about local saint locations in Argentina in the 1990’s, and am currently involved in work on the so-called slums.

I have also worked with history, especially with issues concerning the role of archaeology in the creation of borders and conflicts between cultural areas and nations.

I have a great interest in theoretical and methodological problems and together with Fredrik Fahlander developed the micro-archaeological perspective. On a theoretical level it is particularly inspired by Jacques Derrida and Karl Marx and works with problems surrounding the boundaries, changes in boundaries, complexity of the concept of home, innovation and events.

I have written popular history articles, sometimes popular archaeology and have participated with articles in the newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and GP. I have participated in humanist days and science festivals, and took part in an expert panel in Göteborgs-Posten. I have also done research work and interviews in Peru for Swedish television as well as having participated several times on Argentine television as an archaeological expert.

Latest publications

Introducing Urban Variation
Per Cornell, Andrine Nilsen, Lars Ersgård
Urban Variation. Utopia, Planning and Practice / Per Cornell, Lars Ersgård and Andrine Nilsen (eds.), Raleigh, NC, Lulu Press, Inc, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Built Environment and Social Form: An Introduction to Urban Variation
Per Cornell, Martina Hjertman
Urban Variation. Utopia, Planning and Practice / Per Cornell, Lars Ersgård and Andrine Nilsen (eds.), Lulu Press Inc, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The Role and Function of Fortifications. General Reflections departing from the case of the Göta River Estuaries (Sweden)
Per Cornell, Stefan Larsson
Defensive Architecture of the Mediterranean, vol. VII / Anna Marotta, Roberta Spallone (eds.), , Torino, Politecnico de Torino, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Urban Variation - Utopia, planning and practice
Per Cornell, Lars Ersgård, Andrine Nilsen
USA, Lulu Press, Inc. , Edited book 2018
Edited book

Introduction: Early Modern Urban Periphery in Europe, the New Lödöse Project
Per Cornell, Christina Rosén
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Journal article 2018
Journal article

A Scandinavian Town and Its Hinterland: The Case of Nya Lödöse
Per Cornell, Anna Nilsson, Lennart Andersson Palm , Christina Rosén
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Perspective In and On the Urban and the Question of the Ruin. Seven fragments.
Per Cornell
Architecture, Archaeology and Contemporary City Planning - Reformation, regeneration and revitalisation. Turku, Finland 15-18th May 2017 / Giorgio Verdiani, Per Cornell, Liisa Seppänen , Firenze, Lulu/Universitá degli Stdui, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

AACCP Turku 2017: Reformation, regeneration and revitalisation
Per Cornell, Giorgio Verdiani, Liisa Seppänen
Firenze, Lulu/Universita degli Studi, Proceeding 2018

Tracing Other in 17th-Century Sweden.
Per Cornell, Christina Rosén
Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden : travel, migration and material transformations, 1500-1800 / edited by Magdalena Naum and Fredrik Ekengren, Woodbridge, UK, The Boydell Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Townscape in an Early Modern Periphery: rescue archaeology at Nya Lödöse, Sweden
Per Cornell, Christina Rosén
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Journal issue 2018
Journal issue

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Mr Boman's papers : on the archives of archaeology and the archaeology of the archive
Per Cornell
Scandinavian archaeological practice - in theory : proceedings from the 6th Nordic TAG, Oslo 2001. Ed. Jostein Bergstøl (Oslo archaeological series, 1), Conference contribution 2002
Conference contribution

Microarchaeology, materiality and social practice
Per Cornell, Fredrik Fahlander
Current Swedish archaeology, Journal article 2002
Journal article


Unit 12
Per Stenborg, Per Cornell
Investigations at Pichao : introduction to studies in the Santa María Valley, North-western Argentina. Ed. Bengtsson, Cornell, Johansson & Sjödin (British archaeological reports. International series, 978), Oxford, J. and E. Hedges, Chapter in book 2001
Chapter in book

Ett möte mellan Sverige och Nicaragua
Per Cornell, Nils Johansson, Lars Redin
Fornvännen, Magazine article 2001
Magazine article

El cuerpo como espacio social : notas sobre cadáveres públicos y privados
Per Cornell, Maria Clara Medina
Lo público y lo privado : género en América Latina, Göteborg, Red Haina ; Instituto Iberoamericano, Universidad de Gotemburgo, Chapter in book 2001
Chapter in book


Identidad, proyección y género en los textos producidos por americanistas suecos en la primera mitad del siglo XX
Per Cornell
Mujeres en poder de la palabra : II workshop-seminario (Estocolmo, mayo 1998). Ed. María Clara Medina (Serie Haina, 2), Conference contribution 2000
Conference contribution

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