ANDREAS ÖNNERFORS

PROFESSOR IN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY


"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” 

ABOUT ME


Born in the most volcanic region of Germany, my life has been one of continuous movement forward in an intenational academic and intellectual career.


Leaving the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in 1990 in Trier (Germany's oldest city founded by emperor Augustus) with the diploma Abitur, I studied at the local university and travelled the globe until 1993, when I was drafted to the Swedish compulsory military service. I served as a Second Lieutenant at the Royal Dragoon Regiment K1 in Stockholm as MP and was engaged in ceremonial service on horseback. 

In 1995, I started studying the History of Sciences and Ideas at Lund University in Southern Sweden and volunteered in 1995-1996 with service in the Interpreter's School of the Swedish Armed Forces, where I acquired Russian skills and received training as interrogator. 

Back to Southern Sweden, I continued my studies at Lund university from which I graduated in 1999 with a BA-degree. At Lund university, I started developing my skills in stage performance of poems and songs, led the debate- and eventplatform 'Studentafton' for a year and headed the student's cultural organization Akademiska Föreningen. I also introduced Café Philo to Sweden, engaging in philosophical conversations in public. 

In 1999, I started PhD-training with a dissertation project devoted to the Swedish dominion on German soil, Swedish Pomerania 1720-1815. Between 2000 and 2003 I also was a member of the German graduate school 'Contact Zone Mare Balticum' at the University of Greifswald. 

Having defended my thesis, I devoted the years between 2003 and 2006 to various postdoctoral positions, doing research on 18C Swedish freemasonry and working as a coordinator at the Centre for European Studies at Lund university. 

My international breakthrough arrived in 2007, when I held postdoctoral positions in Germany (Freiburg i. Br.), France (Nice-Sophia Antipolis) and finally was recruited as the Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism at the University of Sheffield, UK. I returned from the UK to Sweden in 2010, where I worked as a researcher at Lund university library and later as lecturer until 2014 at the University of Malmö in the subjects Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, European and Political Studies. I was promoted to Associate Professor (Reader) in the History of Sciences and Ideas at Lund university in 2012

Between 2014 and 2020, I worked as Senior Lecturer in the History of Sciences and Ideas as well as in the emerging Masters Programs of Global and Public Health at Sahlgrenska Academy. 

In 2015, I was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg, Austria. 

Since 2020, I am affiliated as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Forschungszentrum Gotha at the University of Erfurt in Germany. I was also promoted to Full Professor. 

In 2021, I launched my enterprise Hyperhelikon Ideas Consulting devoted to Initiated Intelligence and Illuminating Ideas. 

For a full CV/Résumé, see here. 



PORTFOLIOS


Over the past two decades, I have gathered substantial experience in organizing lectures, events and workshops as well as in outreaching activities and reesarch communication. More information is available here

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