Current Research (2016-18)
Project title: Women in the Arctic, 1818-2018
The project Women in the Arctic examines the intercultural aspects of how women are represented in circumpolar societies. It will place representations of women in migratory literature within the existing 'Northern' cultural landscapes and histories, but also seek a new methodology that analyses their position within the context of global diversity. Migration often leads to the emergence of ‘geographically diffuse socio-cultural fields’ (Olwig, 2003), which cross political and geographical borders. Although these always impose some sort of structural constraint, this does not necessarily change the nature or continuity of the relationship, feelings of affinity or images of difference and/or transgression. The project focuses on:
- understanding the diverse roles that women have played in the history of the Arctic, both as colonisers and colonised, and
- demonstrating the contemporary issues affecting women in the Arctic.
I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a research focus on how transnational 'regions of culture' are constructed. My current research project "Women in the Arctic" investigates the role of women in the history of the Arctic region.
Before coming to Karlstad I worked with the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, where I taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules covering the history and culture of the North Atlantic region, the literatures of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Island Studies and the cultural heritage of the North.
During the 2012 autumn semester, I was a visiting research fellow (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) at Volda University College in Western Norway.
I am active in both teaching and research, with a specific focus on historical research in rural areas, internationalisation and knowledge exchange. During recent years I have also supervised several research dissertations, and supported students as a personal tutor, as well as actively engaging in internal and external research networks and project partnerships.