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+44-(0)20-7679 3180 (int.: 33180)
Room 204, 16-18 Gordon Square
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Also available most Wednesdays in term time - please knock or call.
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* Intermediate Swedish (SCAN 2002)
* Advanced Swedish (SCAN 4002)
* Advanced Project Work in a Scandinavian language (SCAN 4006)
* Nordic Landscapes (SCAN 7006)
* Nordic Histories and Cultures (SCAN 1303) - coordinator
* Deputy Admissions Tutor for SELCS
Previous teaching & Research:
After graduating with a degree in Swedish, German, Music & Teaching from Umeå University and Piteå Academy of Music (Sweden), I have taught Swedish as a foreign language and courses in Swedish cultural studies at the University of Wales Lampeter (formely Saint David's College), the University of Belgrade, and Trinity Colllege Dublin before joining UCL in 2001. In 2008 I also completed a MA in Music, Culture & Politics at Cardiff University, with the dissertation: 'Siehe, ich sage euch ein Geheimnis: Collectivity, compassion & cultural nationalism in choral music from the nineteenth century'.
My main research interest is in the rather wide field of 'cultural studies', which for me means trying to understand how society (practises, ideology, politics etc.) interacts with and is developing with, by and around various cultural expressions. A fruitful and fascinating tenet to study in this context, and particularly if the focus is late 19C to today, is ideas around things national, national and collective consciousness, the components therein and the formation thereof. In early articles I have looked at this through the expression of language and language policies (in Sweden primarily, but also in comparison with the Irish context), and also in film. But as music, in particular classical, is an increasingly dominating interest, I have started to gravitate towards the question of how music, in particular art music, interacts with this process, and in a wider context how it interacts in general with the society which surrounds it and in which it grows. At the same time I have become very interested in 'landscapes': how we view them, what we do with them, what they mean, and above all - why. Here again the late 19C and early 20C is particularly intersting to probe at (although the UG course listed above ranges temporally wider than this!), and the Scandinavian region particularly rich in material, and it turns out there is much to think about if you put landscape and mucis on the same sheet. Last year I wrote on 'Nature-worship', iron-ore mining, national self-formation, Sami attitudes and a symphony in Sweden c.1915; this year I have been pouring over a map of Norway and trying to understand the relationship between the 'discovery' of the Norwegian mountain-scape, national self-formation (again), nostalgia, and four composers - one Swedish, one Norwegian, one Dutch, and one English-born to German parents who settled in France (and whose anniversary it still is).
Outside of landscapes and nationality I am also interested in late 18C Sweden (again with musical connections, JM Kraus and CM Bellman in particular), and outside the direct Scandinavian realm, I am also still pondering the question from that MA dissertation on the relationship between choral music and national identity, again starting in the long 19C.
To ensure the musical part does not rely solely on theory, I spend a fair amount of time in two of London's many amateur choirs, the BBC Symphony Chorus and The Joyful Company of Singers, as well as in several other project choirs (and one local one in Ely!). I am also on the committee for both the BBCSC and for the UCL Chamber Music Club, from 2012/13 treasurer for the latter. For anyone interested in these things, links below!
'Natures & Cultures: The landscape in Peterson-Berger's Symphonia Lapponica', in STM-Online, vol.14 (2011).
'Current thinking on language and collective identity in Sweden', in Intercultural Spaces: Language, Culture, Identity, Aileen Pearson-Evans and Angela Leahy (eds), Dublin, 2007.
'Sweden in the eye of the beholder: Colin Nutley's House of Angels and Swedish identity', in Scandinavica, Vol.44, No.2, 2005.
'Swedish', in Introduction to Scandinavian Phonetics: Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, Tom Lundskaer-Nielsen (ed), Copenhagen, 2005.