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Dr Mary Hilson
Reader in Nordic History (from 1st October 2014)
Room 211, 2nd floor, 18 Gordon Square.
Tel 020 7679 3184 (internal 33184). Office hours 2014-15: Thursdays 14.00-15.00, or by appointment.
I was educated at the University of Exeter, and studied as a post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University before joining the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies in October 2000. Since 2010 I have also been part of the BA European Social and Political Studies (ESPS) programme at UCL.
My research interests are in modern Nordic history, especially transnational and comparative social history. My current research project is concerned with the consumer co-operative movement in Scandinavia, Britain and the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in transnational contacts between co-operators - the Scandinavian interest in the 'Rochdale model' for example - and in the role of the international co-operative organisations including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).
A related project, organised with Silke Neunsinger of the Labour Movement Archives and Library in Stockholm, aims to produce a global history of consumer co-operation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, comparing consumer co-operative movements in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
For publications, see here.
I contribute to undergraduate teaching in SELCS and as part of BA ESPS. Undergraduate courses taught during the academic year 2014-15 include:
SCAN 1303 Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region
SCAN 7310 Nordic Politics and Society
SCAN 7311 Nordic Utopias and Dystopias (new course for 2014-15)
ESPS 2107 Food: Consumerism and Globalisation from Free Trade to Fair Trade
ESPS 2108 Co-operation and co-operatives (new course for 2014-15)
I welcome enquiries from those wishing to pursue postgraduate research in the history of the co-operative movement, in modern Nordic history and in comparative and transnational social history.
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