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Åberg, M., Lerbom, J. & Nilson, T. (2024). Homogenous nation states and regions of diversity. State building and formulaic sequences.. In: : . Paper presented at Formulaic Language in Historical Research and Data Extraction, KNAW Humanities Cluster, Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 7-9, 2024.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Homogenous nation states and regions of diversity. State building and formulaic sequences.
2024 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The notion of ‘formulaic language’ in terms of analytical tool appears relevant from a historical perspective, e.g. with respect to early-modern state building. Centralization of political power and homogeneity of legal and other institutional arrangements – two key features of the modern state – was preceded by or, as in some cases, went hand in hand with conceptual innovation, linguistic standardization, and new ways to talk and write about politics and statesmanship in diplomatic and legal context. For example, the two, emerging Nordic states – Denmark and Sweden – are cases in point. However, neither Denmark nor Sweden were homogenous entities from an ethnic and cultural point of view. Denmark enclosed both what would eventually (re-)emerge as independent Norway, as well as substantial parts of what today is southern Sweden. Seventeenth-century ‘Sweden’ included not only future Finland but also large parts of today’s Baltic Republics and slices of Northern Germany. Differentiation in terms of identity, legal definitions, and institutional arrangements was typical to the processes involved with formation of the state but also, considering the modern period, concerns about the moral improvement of the subjects. Our focus in this paper is how cultural diversity and ideas about modern nationhood and moral improvement reflect in formulaic sequences at administrative level. From an empirical point of view we hold that border regions of different types provide particularly interesting cases with respect to formulaic language. We draw on empirical illustration – petitions and so called five-year reports by local governors – from the 17th- 19th centuries and the Swedish-Danish region of Halland.

National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52394 (URN)10.5281/Zenodo.10478831 (DOI)
Conference
Formulaic Language in Historical Research and Data Extraction, KNAW Humanities Cluster, Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 7-9, 2024
Available from: 2024-01-12 Created: 2024-01-12 Last updated: 2024-02-10Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. & Nilson, T. (2023). European Memory Politics in Scandinavia – the Case of a Swedish-Danish Border Region. Journal of European Integration History, 29(1), 111-133
Open this publication in new window or tab >>European Memory Politics in Scandinavia – the Case of a Swedish-Danish Border Region
2023 (English)In: Journal of European Integration History, ISSN 0947-9511, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 111-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article analyzes how history is used in the Danish-Swedish crossborder Öresund area. The case study allows for an exploration of memory politics with relation to multiple regional processes (EU, Nordic, Scandinavian), as well as from multiple perspectives (national, subnational and transnational). The article argues that the Nordic arena is in the focus of communicative and cultural memories through storytelling, with emphasis on solidarity and successful institution-building. Yet, conflicting national memories persist as obstacles and current diverting political standpoints at national level (e.g., migration, the Covid pandemic) are likely to affect how history is portrayed regionally. European history, on the other hand, plays a subservient role. For instance, references to the European continent’s totalitarian past are not explicitly used for memory politics, and recollection of the world wars are used in asymmetric modes and with focus on the specific Nordic experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2023
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities; Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51383 (URN)10.5771/0947-9511-2023-1-111 (DOI)2-s2.0-85169906891 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-08-14 Created: 2023-08-14 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, J. & Nilson, T. (2022). Never-ending Stories: Constructing and Communicating Narratives of Modernity for Tjolöholm Castle. In: : . Paper presented at The 6th ENCOUNTER Conference, The Country House and Modernity, Julita, Sweden, June 2–4, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Never-ending Stories: Constructing and Communicating Narratives of Modernity for Tjolöholm Castle
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to study how storytelling is used by Swedish country houses as a marketing strategy, to communicate the values and meaning of heritage, with the specific example of Tjolöholm Castle outside of Kungsbacka, Sweden.

Our guiding questions revolve around the multiplicity of narrative modes that are actually or potentially present in such communication: What stories are told and what stories could be told? Also, how have stories been told and how can they be told, with regards to developments in technology and media? With this, we intend to show how different cultural and historical values are integrated into the estate, as a building and its environs, and communicated by various means, particularly with commercial interests in mind. The estate itself constitutes a mix of old and new, represented by the ambivalent emphasis on a retro-Tudor style contrasted with a focus on highly modern conveniences and technologies, as well as a blend of the foreign and the domestic, represented by the Britishness of the arts and crafts interior and the exterior gardens and landscape, bordering a typical Swedish seascape.

The analysis will focus on two levels of storytelling: one a manifest level of commercial communication in guided tours and on the website in the present day, the other a hidden layer of the original intentions revealed by the historical records, such as the collection of letters from Blanche Dickson to the architect at the time of construction in the early 20th century. Stories can be made materially manifest through the architecture, the décor and the landscaping design, forming a remaining trace of the original conception of the country house, or they can be mediated through present day interpretations and appropriations in popular culture.

A particular case in point is Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia (2011), which used the castle as its principal filming location and as a backdrop to its apocalyptic plot, and how the film was then employed as a marketing device on the castle’s website in collaboration with Gothenburg Film Festival; in this way, a new, external narrative is being added to the already multilayered story of Tjolöholm Castle. The built environment, its existing and its emergent narratives might then be seen as a historical palimpsest, where the past, present and future overlap in a continuing, maybe never-ending construction of stories. 

National Category
History and Archaeology Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50163 (URN)
Conference
The 6th ENCOUNTER Conference, The Country House and Modernity, Julita, Sweden, June 2–4, 2022
Available from: 2023-03-23 Created: 2023-03-23 Last updated: 2023-07-14Bibliographically approved
Nilson, T. (2021). Attraktivitet, besökare och destinationsutveckling: att marknadsföra Grimeton som världsarv. In: Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson (Ed.), "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv (pp. 187-225). Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attraktivitet, besökare och destinationsutveckling: att marknadsföra Grimeton som världsarv
2021 (Swedish)In: "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv / [ed] Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson, Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad , 2021, p. 187-225Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad, 2021
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46683 (URN)978-91-519-8239-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-19 Created: 2022-04-19 Last updated: 2022-04-20Bibliographically approved
Nilson, T. & Ottenfelt Eliasson, P. (2021). Epilog. Det halländska kulturarvet: säcken knyts ihop. In: Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson (Ed.), "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökning av Hallands kultur & kulturarv (pp. 305-325). Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Epilog. Det halländska kulturarvet: säcken knyts ihop
2021 (Swedish)In: "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökning av Hallands kultur & kulturarv / [ed] Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson, Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad , 2021, p. 305-325Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad, 2021
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46684 (URN)978-91-519-8239-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-19 Created: 2022-04-19 Last updated: 2022-04-20Bibliographically approved
Nilson, T. & Ottenfelt Eliasson, P. (Eds.). (2021). "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv. Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle vid Högskolan i Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv
2021 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle vid Högskolan i Halmstad, 2021. p. 325
Keywords
kultur, kulturarv, Halland
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45728 (URN)978-91-519-8239-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-10-14 Created: 2021-10-14 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Nilson, T. & Ottenfelt Eliasson, P. (2021). Prolog. Om undersökningar av Hallands kultur och kulturarv. In: Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson (Ed.), "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv (pp. 7-45). Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prolog. Om undersökningar av Hallands kultur och kulturarv
2021 (Swedish)In: "Men här var det annorlunda": Undersökningar av Hallands kultur & kulturarv / [ed] Tomas Nilson; Pernilla Ottenfelt Eliasson, Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad , 2021, p. 7-45Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Akademin för Lärande, Humaniora och Samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad, 2021
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46680 (URN)978-91-519-8239-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-19 Created: 2022-04-19 Last updated: 2022-04-20Bibliographically approved
Malmberg, C., Urbas, A. & Nilson, T. (2020). Health education, obesity and the making of citizens. Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research, 2(8)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health education, obesity and the making of citizens
2020 (English)In: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research, ISSN 2662-2300, Vol. 2, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the socioscientific issue of obesity in relation to citizenship and democratic politics. It is structured in three parts: a) a theoretical part that elaborates on health as an individual and/or societal problem and the concepts of politics, democracy and citizenship; b) an empirical part on how responsibility for obesity is treated in Swedish teaching materials for science and health education; and c) a discussion where the empirical results are analyzed in relation to the theoretical framework used and the implications for future health education with regard to individual responsibility, citizenship and democracy are addressed. The analysis of the teaching materials reveals a strong focus on the individual’s responsibility for obesity, formulated through explicit prescriptions and recommendations on how to think and act in everyday life. The implication is that the individual is made into the key actor in solving the problem of obesity. This predominantly individual perspective on solutions is problematic since a strictly individual perspective obscures the political dimension of obesity. Furthermore, the individualization and depoliticization of obesity in teaching materials contribute to and reinforces an ongoing erosion of citizenship and democracy. © The Author(s). 2020

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Heidelberg: Springer, 2020
Keywords
Socioscientific issues, Health education, Obesity, Democracy, Responsibility, Teaching materials
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-42861 (URN)10.1186/s43031-020-00025-4 (DOI)
Note

Funded by Halmstad University, Sweden

Number of pages: 10

Available from: 2020-07-17 Created: 2020-07-17 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Malmberg, C., Urbas, A. & Nilson, T. (2019). Sin egen lyckas smed. Pedagogiska Magasinet (1), 35-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sin egen lyckas smed
2019 (Swedish)In: Pedagogiska Magasinet, ISSN 1401-3320, no 1, p. 35-38Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

I läroböckerna blir hälsa en moralfråga. Stress och övervikt är individens ansvar, lösningarna heter motion och mindfulness. Politiska perspektiv existerar inte.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Lärarförbundet, 2019
Keywords
Hälsa, politik, demokrati
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38836 (URN)
Available from: 2019-02-05 Created: 2019-02-05 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Nilson, T. & Thorell, K. (Eds.). (2018). Cultural Heritage Preservation: The Past, the Present and the Future (1:1ed.). Halmstad: Halmstad University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultural Heritage Preservation: The Past, the Present and the Future
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This anthology describes heritage preservation, development and management from different theoretical views and disciplines. It integrates perspectives from history, human geography, archaeology, social anthropology and heritage conservation. The texts revolve around different dimension of culture and heritage via examples from varying contexts and locations. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 156 Edition: 1:1
Series
Forskning i Halmstad, ISSN 1400-5409 ; 24
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37317 (URN)978-91-87045-94-3 (ISBN)978-91-87045-95-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Projects
B-SHAPES: Borders shaping perceptions of European societies
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1745-6613

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