Associate professor of History at Stockholm University and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies
Membership period 2023–2028
My research focuses on modern South-eastern European and East-Central European history. Central research areas in my work include nation- and state-building processes, political mobilization processes, religiosity as social practice during the post-Habsburg transition, post-Ottoman transition in South-eastern Europe, the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and bystanders. My current project is entitled “Extracting Nature: Making Peripheries. Global Perspectives on the Balkans as Extractive Periphery 1850–1990”. It addresses two key questions: First, How and why do some regions that are rich in natural resources become economic and ecological peripheries? Second, how does regime change contribute to these long-term transformations? The project focuses on forest exploitation in the Balkans, primarily Bosnia. Bosnia became a global provider of timber in the later 19th century and remained so throughout the 20th century, exporting its oaks, beeches, black pines to destinations like Australia, the Middle East, and across Europe. These trade relations, however, were marked by unequal socio-economic and ecological exchange. I study the processes and dynamics of extraction-based peripheralization under different polities. I examine peripheralization in the transfer of power from the Ottoman Empire to the Habsburg Empire, and in the consequences of post-imperial state formations and the communist regime of Socialist Yugoslavia.
Press photo (click for high resolution): Mikael Wallerstedt
Interests: I am a trained opera singer and enjoy being on stage singing. Besides the late romantic Puccini, I also love Mozart's operas. I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and traveling with my family throughout the Balkans.
“I am part of the Young Academy of Sweden because it offers a unique arena and opportunity to pursue research policy issues and gives the opportunity to influence the research and science that is conducted in Sweden, but also internationally. I want to place particular focus in my commitment on strengthening transnational perspectives in Swedish humanistic research. In addition, I want to work on strengthening multilingualism within Swedish research and the opportunity to present one's results in several languages in addition to Swedish and English.”