Director emerita of SCAS. Professor of Ethnology
Barbro Klein is Director emerita of the Collegium and one of its
Permanent Fellows. She is also Professor of Ethnology at Stockholm
University. She received her Ph.D. in Folklore Studies and
Anthropology at Indiana University in 1970 and has taught at
the University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania,
University of Bergen, Stockholm University, and other
institutions. She also serves or has served on the editorial boards
of Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research,
Ethnologia Scandinavica, Journal of Northern Studies, and other
periodicals. She serves or has served as panelist or in other capacities
at Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Research Council,
the Academy of Finland, the National Heritage Board, and at other
foundations and councils. She has been a member of the Executive
Board of the American Folklore Society and is currently a member
of the Board of Point Sud in Bamako. During 1997–2000, she
codirected a multi-national project on “Folklore, Heritage Politics,
and Ethnic Diversity”.
Klein has written extensively on oral narration, rituals,
museum displays, and other forms of expressive culture in complex
multi-ethnic settings, primarily in the United States and northern
Europe. She has also worked on broad methodological issues and
on the entangled disciplinary histories pertaining to folkloristics,
ethnology, anthropology, museology, and related fields.
In addition to numerous articles, her publications include:
Legends and Folk Beliefs in a Swedish-American Community: A
Study in Folklore and Acculturation (1980); Swedish Folk Art – All
Tradition is Change (edited with Mats Widbom, 1994); Från erfarenhet
till text: om kulturvetenskaplig reflexivitet (From experience
to text: on reflexivity in the cultural sciences, with Billy Ehn, 1994);
Gatan är vår! Ritualer på offentliga platser (The street is ours!
Rituals in public places, edited 1995); Creating Diversities: Folklore,
Religion, and the Politics of Heritage (edited with Stein Mathisen and
Anna- Leena Siikala, 2004); Narrating, Doing, Experiencing: Nordic
Folkloristic Perspectives (edited with Annikki Kaivola-Bregenhoj
and Ulf Palmenfelt, 2006); and The Benefit of Broad Horizons:
Intellectual and Institutional Preconditions for a Global Social
Science (edited with Hans Joas, 2010).
Barbro Klein is Fellow of the American Folklore Society and
Member of the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy; in 2006 this
academy awarded her a major prize from the Jöran Sahlgren Fund.
In 2000, she received the festschrift Folklore, Heritage Politics, and
Ethnic Diversity (edited by Pertti Anttonen).