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Åsa Bergman

Senior lecturer

Åsa Bergman
Senior lecturer
Cultural Studies
+46 31 786 5218

Room number: 3262B
Postal Address: Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department. of Cultural Sciences (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Åsa Bergman

Åsa Bergman, Ph.D. in Musicology, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Director of Studies in Cultural Analysis.


In her doctoral dissertation from 2009, Growing up with music. Young people’s use of music in school and during leisure time, Åsa studies from a processual and a contextual perspective how teenagers use music to create their identity and develop musical skills in different everyday situations. The dissertation, which was based on a longitudinal ethnographical study, was conducted in a secondary school in Gothenburg.

Since 2011, Åsa conducts an ethnographic research study together with Monica Lindgren, professor of Music Education at the School of Music and Drama, that focuses on the choral and orchestral school El Sistema in Gothenburg. Within this research study possibilities for musical learning and identity creation, among other things, are examined.



Åsa has a broad teaching experience and has previously been engaged as a teacher in the subjects Youth Culture, Cultural Studies, Musicology and Scandinavian Studies and in the Bachelor’s Programme Kultur as well as in the Teacher Education Programme. From 2014, Åsa primarily teaches the subject Cultural Analysis at the first-cycle level and Cultural Studies and Youth Culture at the second-cycle level.

External relations and research information

Åsa is a frequently demanded lecturer outside the University, and she has participated as a researcher on both television and radio.

Latest publications

Music, politics and emotions in feminist activism
Ann Werner, Åsa Bergman, Cecilia Björck
Music and Gender in Balance, 5-6 April, Tromsø, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Making Women in Jazz Visible: Negotiating Discourses of Unity and Diversity in Sweden and the US
Cecilia Björck, Åsa Bergman
Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Critical perspective in researching music education and equality – what, why and how?
Monica Lindgren, Åsa Bergman, Cecilia Björck, Carina Borgström Källén, Cecilia Wallerstedt
The 22nd Annual Conference of the Nordic Network for Research in Music Education, March 14-16 , Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

El Sistema - möjligheter och hinder för social inkludering
Åsa Bergman, Monica Lindgren
Sigurdsson, O. & Sjölander, A. (red.) Kultur och hälsa i praktiken, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Including children and youth through the music education program El Sistema in Sweden.
Åsa Bergman
Youngsters, on the cultures of children and youth vid Simon Fraser University i Vancouver. 20-22 oktober 2016., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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Striving for integration - El Sistema and the ambition to break segregation patterns in Swedish urban areas.
Åsa Bergman
Nordic Youth Research Symposium på Högskolan Väst i Trollhättan, 15-17 juni 2016., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Music Organizations’ Equality Work
Åsa Bergman, Cecilia Björck
Gender and Music: Practices, Performances, Politics (GeMus),16th-18th March 2016, School of Music, Theatre and Art Örebro University, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution


Struggling for inclusion: Mapping the discursive practice of El Sistema in Sweden.
Monica Lindgren, Åsa Bergman
El Sistema and the Alternatives: Social Action through Music in Critical Perspective. London: Institute of Latin American Studies. University of London 24-25 April 2015., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution


El Sistema som överskridande verksamhet – konstruktion av ett musikpedagogiskt forskningsprojekt.
Monica Lindgren, Åsa Bergman
T. Karlsson-Häikiö, M. Lindgren & M. Johansson (red.). Texter om konstarter och lärande. , Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

El Sistema in Sweden - a radical music education program?
Monica Lindgren, Åsa Bergman, Eva Saether
Abstracts senior researchers, NNMPF 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution


The music education project El Sistema as context for learning and identity creation
Åsa Bergman, Monica Lindgren
Community Music & Music Pedagogy, Symposium i München, February 21-23th 2013, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution


"Man försöker att inte blanda in politik även om det blir en del" : Oi-punk som resurs för unga killars identitetsskapande
Åsa Bergman
Intro : en antologi om Musik och samhälle [red.: Johan A. Lundin], Malmö, Kira, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book


Oi-punkens politik
Åsa Bergman
i&m Invandrare & Minoriteter , Magazine article 2011
Magazine article

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