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+44-(0)20-7679 3180 (int.: x33180)
Room 204, 16-18 Gordon Square
Office hours 2013/14
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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) - co-ordinator
* Hearing Culture(s) (ELCS 6060)
* 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 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 (practices, 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 around the turn of the 19/20C, 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 gradually gravitated 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 interesting 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 music 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.
Outside of landscapes and nationality I am also interested in late 18C Sweden (again with musical connections, Joseph Martin Kraus and Carl Michael 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 regularly sing with two of London's many choirs, the BBC Symphony Chorus and The Joyful Company of Singers, as well as in the occasional solo recital. I am also on the committee for the UCL Chamber Music Club, UCL's only student and staff club, and a great source for discovering a variety of chamber music through the regular concerts. For anyone interested in these things, links below!
'Composing Landscapes: Musical responses to the Norwegian mountain-scape', in Landscape History, forthcoming.
'Narrating Place and Perspective: Frederick Delius and Ibsen's Paa Vidderne', in Scandinavica, forthcoming.
'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.