Dr. Marie Cronqvist

Dr. Marie Cronqvist, Associate Professor in Journalism and Media History an der Universität Lund, Schweden, ist seit Oktober 2013 bis Mai 2014 Gastwissenschaftlerin am Hans-Bredow-Institut. Im Rahmen des Kooperationsprojekts Entangled Media History (EMHIS), finanziert von STINT (Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), untersucht sie den Austausch von Fernsehprogrammen zwischen der DDR und Schweden 1969 bis 1989.

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Her research interests are Swedish and European media history, Cold War culture, media and armed conflict, literary journalism, and the cultural heritage of war.

Past and present Reserarch Themes 

In the past, Cronqvist’s main research has been on the history of fear in the 1950s and 1960s. Her doctoral dissertation (2004) investigated the spy as a cultural icon in the Swedish media landscape, with an emphasis on the news press and weekly magazines, in the long 1950’s. In a post doctoral research project, the focus was more broadly set on the culture of atomic fear as it was played out in civil defence instructions of the same period. The study highlighted the ritual dimensions of civil defence activities and messages as well as the close relationship between fear and safety, welfare and warfare, in neutral Sweden. It resulted in a series of journal articles and book chapters in Swedish, but also internationally in books such as Angst im Kalten Krieg, ed. Greiner, 2009; Cold War Cultures. Perspectives of Eastern and Western European Societies, ed. Vowinckel, Payk, Lindenberger, 2012; and Nordic Cold War Cultures, ed. Magnusdottir, forthcoming 2013.

During her time at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, she will initiate a new research project on the transfer history of television programmes from GDR to Sweden between 1969 and 1989. The project thus taps into the recent trend within Cold War studies that challenges the traditional idea of division and bipolarity, by investigating the period in terms of East-West entanglements, interconnections, exchanges, and circulation. Through archival research in both Germany and Sweden, the aim is to detect the social networks, the practices around the screenings and competitions, as well as the patterns of reception, appropriation or possible adjustment of the East German programmes in the Swedish context.


Docent in history, Lund University, 2012

Associate professor in journalism and media history, Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, 2012–.

Post doctoral research fellow in Cultural Analysis at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University, 2008–2012.

Lund University Academic Trainee, 2006–2008.

Lecturer, Research Policy Institute, Lund University, 2004–2008.

Yearbook editor, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm, 2007–2010.

Post doctoral researcher, external grant (Vetenskapsrådet), Department of History, Lund University, 2005–2009.

Ph D in history, Lund University, 2004.

Guest researcher, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, 2003 och 1998.

Undergraduate studies at Lund University and Georgia College & State University, USA, (History, Philosophy, Russian, English, Comparative literature), 1992–1997.

Editorial board member of the book series Mediehistoriskt arkiv, Kungliga biblioteket, Stockholm.

Editorial board member of Scandia. Tidskrift för historisk forskning.

Former board member of the National Research School of History.

Member of Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund.