Dr Elettra Carbone

Dr Elettra Carbone

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2009

Research summary

My current research focuses on the representation of Scandinavia in the items part of UCL Collections and, more broadly, on the cultural relations between the UK and Scandinavia from the early nineteenth century. I have also worked extensively on representations of Italy in Nordic Literature, nineteenth-century Norwegian literature and the cultural mobility of Thorvaldsen’s sculptures through print culture.

I have published a number of academic articles on these topics in peer-reviewed books and journals. I have co-edited three themed issues of the journal Scandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, of which I am Deputy Editor: The Public Sphere and Freedom of Expression in Northern Europe 1814-1914 (2019) and The Norwegian Independence and Constitution of 1814 (2015), both co-edited with Ruth Hemstad, and Nordic Publishing and Book History, co-edited with Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (2013). I have also co-edited three anthologies: Sculpture and the Nordic Region, co-edited with Sara Ayres (Routledge, 2017); Love and Modernity, co-edited with C. Claire Thomson (Norvik Press, 2013); Lyset kommer fra Sør, co-edited with Giuliano D'Amico (Gyldendal, 2011). 

My monograph Nordic Italies: Representations of Italy in Nordic Literature from the 1830s to the 1910s was published by Nuova Cultura (2016) and my forthcoming monograph Representations of Modern Scandinavia: An object-based investigation is due to be published by UCL Press in 2022. 

Due to my current research and teaching interests, I work in close collaboration with the newly established UCL Research Institute for Collections where the online exhibition Nordic Fragments, which I curated in 2021, if also featured. 

Teaching summary

I currently teach Norwegian language and supervise projects on Norwegian and Nordic topics: 

SCAN0032– Advanced Norwegian; 

SCAN0023 – Scandinavian Literature in Context. 

I also contribute to the teaching of the following courses: 

SCAN0011/12 – Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region; 

SCAN0034 – Advanced Project Work in Norwegian; 

LITC0022 Publishing and Comparative Literature. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor | 2011
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2007
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2006


I am Associate Professor in Norwegian Studies, Scandinavian Studies, SELCS, UCL. Since 2017 I have been Widening Participation and Outreach Tutor for SELCS, and in 2020 I joined the UCL Art Collections Advisory Group. I am also one of the directors of the non-profit publisher Norvik Press Ltd, UCL, a council member of the Anglo-Norse Society, deputy editor of the journal Scandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Studies

I completed my PhD in Scandinavian Studies at UCL in February 2011. I hold an MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies, both from UCL In 2011 I worked as a postdoc fellow (Knowledge Transfer Associate) for UCL Advances (the UCL Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Interaction), examining the challenges faced by small publishing companies specialised in the Humanities and exploring new potential ways of cooperation between small publishing companies like Norvik Press and the higher education sector. 

Between 2012 and 2017 I was Senior Teaching Fellow in Norwegian at UCL before being appointed Lecturer in Norwegian Studies in 2017.