Associate professor, cultural historian, and music ethnologist.

Anders Hammarlund

Associate professor, cultural historian, and music ethnologist, whose special fields are Central Europe, the Balkans, and Turkey. The link between aesthetic and political culture has been a constant theme in Hammarlund’s work as a researcher, teacher, and media personality in Swedish Radio and the universities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala, in the last of which he was in charge of the Department of Soviet and East European Studies, and at the Swedish National Collections of Music (Stockholm), where he has, as of 2006, held responsibility for multicultural issues. Among Hammarlund’s published works, the following are particularly noteworthy: Kulturbrytningar: Musik och politik i Centraleuropa [Cultural Diffraction: Music and Politics in Central Europe] (1999) and Ett äventyr i Staten: Carl Gustav Heraeus (1671–1725) från Stockholm till kejsarhovet i Wien [An Adventure within the State: Carl Gustav Heraeus (1671–1725) from Stockholm to the Vienna Imperial Court] (2003).

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Articles by Anders Hammarlund


    The small towns in the province of Posen became a nineteenth-century intellectual reservoir that fed German modernization. A new cultural interface had arisen where the Jewish tradition of text interpretation could interact with Enlightenment thinking and the new Bildung ideal in the spirit of von Humboldt.

  2. Inventing Galicia The province that became a project

    Even though, with the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, Galicia ceased to exist, the idea of Galicia has a kind of ghostly presence in contemporary politics. The area was incorporated in 1919—1923 in the resurrected Polish state, only to be divided twenty years later between Germany and the Soviet Union as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. This cleaving in two endured through the “shift” of Poland westwards after the Second World War. East Galicia became part of Soviet Ukraine and thereafter of independent Ukraine.

  3. The Amber Road Center and Periphery

    For millennia there has been plenty of amber in the blue clay around the coasts of the Baltic Sea. These coveted stones, which were considered to be have magical properties, were sent via the rivers of Europe all the way to Rome to be traded.

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