Our research

Books in the librarySödertörn University has professional, creative research environments that range over many disciplines and fields.

Our research has a contemporary focus united with an active and critical approach to the past. Many of the research groups and research projects strive to achieve a high level of contemporary and social relevance. The university's research generally has an international focus, even in subjects that traditionally examine their own national cultures and history. A key word is multidisciplinarity.

Research in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe


Multidisciplinary research into the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe is a significant profile area at Södertörn University, and work in this area is conducted at all the university's academic schools. The university has great expertise at illuminating, explaining and actively participating in analyses of current change in the region, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is a research centre at Södertörn University that is tasked with stimulating, coordinating and developing Södertörn University's research and doctoral education in areas linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe.

The Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS) is attached to CBEES. CBEES publishes the English-language quarterly Baltic Worlds, which aims to disseminate the results of research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Its website offers up-to-date election coverage.

The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies is an important financier, tasked with supporting research and doctoral education in areas at Södertörn University that are linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Many research projects also have other financiers.

The menu to the right provides links to a large number of research projects linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, as well as to publications and ongoing activities. Examples of current research projects in the various subjects and schools are also listed below.

Examples of current research projects


Surveying 130,000 years of climate developmen

tIn the summerTomas Andrén of 2013, a group of 17 researchers from all thecountries around the Baltic Sea, headed by Thomas Andrén, conducted a unique drilling project in the bottomsediment of the Baltic Sea. The last 130,000 years of climate development in the Baltic Sea region and the history of the Baltic Sea will be reconstructed through the project, "IODP Baltic Sea Expedition 347 - History of the Baltic Sea Basin during the last 130,000 years".

Johan Rönnby

Svärdet and Mars – ships at war

The finds of the two royal naval ships: Mars, which sank tothe bottom of the Baltic Sea after hard fighting in 1564, and Svärdet, which suffered the same fate in 1676, form the basis of the "Ships at War" project, which is lead by Johan Rönnby. Documentation of the two wrecks has emphasised the violence of what happened and the chaotic environment on board during the battles.

Conditions for Soviet writing during the Stalin eraIrina Sandomirskaja

Based on a range of texts written in the USSR during the Stalin era, Irina Sandomirskaja investigates the strategies for writing on the basis on critical and cultural theory. Political censorship, control of normal life and repressive cultural policies created a special relationship between language, politics and the body. How can this be regarded in relation to history and society? In "Soviet Writing and Biopolitics, the1920s-50s: A Critical Theory" this is discussed using Walter Benjamin's linguistic and historical philosophies.

Does development in the media change the role of journalists?Gunnar Nygren

Russia, Poland and Sweden all have different media systems. Are technological developments and new media forms changing professional journalistic culture and role so that these differences remain or are they becoming more alike? Gunnar Nygren leads the "Journalism in change?" project, which is conducting a survey of 1,500 journalists in the three countries.

Two continents in one country: Europe and Asia in RussiaMark Bassin

The Russian vision of the role of the two continents in Russia's public and political life is called Eurasianism. Professor Mark Bassin is leading the project, "The Vision of Eurasia: Eurasianist Influences on Politics, Culture and Ideology in Russia Today" in which five smaller projects examine the relations between Eurasianism and Russian foreign policy, centre-periphery relations in Russia, the public debate around national identity, the political parties and the church, and popular culture and artistic production.

How is "the other" perceived?Cecilia Sjöholm

Cecilia Sjöholm leads the "Perceptions of the other; aesthetics, ethics and prejudice" project, which studies the way in which prejudice contributes to forming perceptions of "the other". Studies are made of the cultural boundaries of sensibility using aesthetic works. Examples are taken from both eighteenth century German philosophy and contemporary art that is rooted in the East European Jewish tradition.

How is Europe narrated?Johan Fornäs

Europe's development can be described as a linear success story, a turnaround from continual disasters to a brighter future, or a story of rise and fall. Johan Fornäs leads the "Narratives of Europe" project, where we discover different primary types of European understanding in different East European countries and genres, through studies of phenomenological philosophy, political movements, news media, art, literature and Eurovision pop music.