Anna Petersson

Anna Petersson is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Lund University, with a research interest in the material culture and the built environment as ritual and symbolic tools in processes of grief and remembrance: from spontaneous memorials to more official memorial places such as the cemetery. She has a specific experience in interdisciplinary research with a phenomenographic approach, including material culture theories and death studies.


Publications (since 2011)

Petersson, A., Sandin, G. & Liljas, M. (2015). Room of Silence: an Explorative Investigation of Design Students Redesign of an Arena for Reflection and Existential Meaning-Making. Mortality, DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2015.1046825.

Petersson, A. & Wingren, C. (2011). Designing a Memorial Place: Continuing Care, Passage Landscapes and Future Memories. Mortality, 16:1, 54-69.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Petersson, A. (2013). Memorialisation: Materialising and Locating Grief and Loss. In M. Hviid Jacobsen (ed.), Deconstructing Death: Changing Cultures of Death, Dying, Bereavement and Care in the Nordic Countries. Aarhus: University Press of Southern Denmark, pp. 151-72

Conference contributions

Petersson, A. (2015, Sept.). Urban Cemetery Animals. Paper presented at the international conference Heritage of Death: Landscapes, Sentiment and Practice, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University.

Petersson, A. (2015, April). When is a Turtle a Butterfly? Paper presented at the workshop On Theory and Method: Material Conditions, School of Architecture, LTH, Lund University.

Petersson, A., Sandin, G. & Ståhl, L-H. (2011, May). Aesthetic Regulations of Objectionable Representations: A Semiotic Approach to Memorials and Materialised Religious Thought. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference of The Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University.

Submitted manuscripts

Petersson, A., Liljas, M. Cerwén, G. & Wingren, C. (submitted 2016, Jan.). Urban Cemetery Animals: an Exploration of Animals’ Place in the Human Cemetery. Mortality.


Sternudd, C. & Petersson, A. (in progress). ResArc Swedish Research School in Architecture as an Arena for Hyperenculturation.

Popular science contributions

SKKF Rikskonferens (2015, May 24-26). CCC, Karlstad.

Stilla rum kan mildra julstressen (2014, December 23). ETC Malmö, pp. 12-13.

Den dekorerade graven, del 3/3 (2013, October 30). Tendens, P1.

Kultur och Teologi (2012, October 25). Kyrkans tidning, 43, pp. 18-19.

Mat eller lekkamrat? (2012, April 15). LUM, Lunds Universitets Magasin, 3, p. 21.

Våga tänk i nya banor (2011). Kyrkogården, 2, pp. 4-5.