With an eclectic and international background, interdisciplinary methods, and diverse source material, my research explores the migration, translation, construction, performance, reception, and memory of modern Jewish culture in Europe.
I employ spatial, transnational, emotional, architectural and gendered analysis to explore communal hierarchies, majority/minority intersections, the migration of knowledge, economic-cultural networks, and cultural frontiers. I also use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map and analyze settlement patterns, urban movements, and global travels. My sources vary; from oral interviews, material culture and personal letters, to board minutes, receipts and newspaper articles. I study urban buildings, funeral rituals, music, interior design, school curriculums, holiday stays, and business networks to explore the dialectics between Jewish particularism and national belonging, as well as Jewish cultural survival in post-Holocaust Europe.
I am a member of the HEBE (Histories of Emotion in the Built Environment) research network. HEBE is committed to considering the ways that the history of emotions can help us to better understand the built environment. It aims to facilitate inclusive cross-sectoral discussions between and across disciplines and practices. In doing so, researchers will reflect on the methodological opportunities and challenges of using emotional frameworks in the study of the built environment over the next five years. The HEBE network will run a series of seminars and events exploring these topics.
Finished in 2019, my PhD-thesis makes a strong case for the continued relevance of religious identification among modern European Jews. It also emphasizes the city's fundamental role in influencing the Jewish community's settlement patterns, internal cultural infrastructure, and construction of public buildings when making themselves at home after emancipation.
My research has been hosted at research centers in the U.K., Germany and Sweden. It has been awarded the Vice Chancellors' Award in History at University of Southampton, and has received funding from, for example, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse, Åke Wibergs stiftelse, and Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse.
I have headed and participated in heritage projects on Swedish-Jewish culture. Original research, as well as parts of my earlier studies, has been produced and converted into public city tours for museums, and I have worked on archival digitization.
I am currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at Centre for European Research (CERGU) and Department of Historical Studies at University of Gothenburg, and hold a research fellowship at Centre for Business History in Stockholm.
The Effects of the Shoah on European Jewish Business Networks and Cultural Mobility
The project explores transnational cultural-economic networks before and after the Holocaust through the prism of two Swedish-Jewish families. It investigates the effect of ethnic genocide in one European nation on minority culture in other parts of Europe.
Jewish Feelings in the City: Emotional Topographies and Power Relations in Modern Stockholm
This book project explores the intersection between Digital Humanities, the history of emotions, and urban studies through the case study of Stockholm's Jewry. It examines emotional strategies for spatial inner-communal and Jewish/non-Jewish relations.
Jewish Economic Activity and Stockholm's Development into a Modern Capital
The project explores Jewish donations to the construction of public cultural institutions in Stockholm 1870-1930, and how these economic-cultural activities served as Jewish manifestations of Swedishness, as well as contributed to Stockholm's modern development.
The cultural heritage project maps, unites and digitizes archival material related to European Jewish life. It aims to create greater research accessibility. The Swedish project is lead by Pontus Rudberg under the auspices of the Jewish Museum in Stockholm.
Between Marginality and Multiplicity: Mapping Jewish Public Home-Making in Modern Stockholm
The interdisciplinary project explores the role of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, internal hierarchies, and urban topography for the spatial construction of Jewish religious multiplicity and national belonging in Stockholm, 1870-1939.