From the discussions at the “Frameworks for University Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region” conference, the new EU-level interest in the region as well as increased Russian attention to the Baltic Sea sent a strong signal regarding the contemporary relevance and future importance of Baltic Sea cooperation.
Carl Marklund is a postdoctoral researcher at CBEES since August 2012. He holds a BA in political science from the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University (2000), an MA in international relations from the Department of International History, London School of Economics (2002), and a PhD in history from the Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute (2008). In his doctoral thesis he studied the concept of social engineering in Sweden and the USA during the interwar era.
After having obtained his PhD, Carl held a NordWel post-doc position at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki(2008–2010) comparing discourses on social planning in countries following different political ideologies and different economic systems. In 2010, he was assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Contemporary History, AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków. In 2010–2012 he worked with the project ”Nordic Openness”: Opportunities and Limits of a Consensual Political Culture hosted at the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) and the Network for European Studies (NES), University of Helsinki and co-funded by NES and the Kone Foundation.
Carl has also been a visiting fellow at the Department of History, New York University (2005), Department of History, Columbia University (2006), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2009), Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University (2010), and Department of History, Stockholm University (2011).
In his work at CBEES, Carl examines how concepts of social planning have evolved in the Baltic Sea Region throughout the 1900s, in particular analyzing (dis)similaties between Eastern and Western discourses and practices of planning.