holds a PhD in History and is researcher at the dept. of Communication and Media, unit for Media History. His research focuses on the contacts between East and West in Cold War Europe. His areas of expertise include tourism history, contemporary Czech and German history, memory culture and cinema. Sune has been a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Charles University in Prague, Collegium Carolinum in Munich, and Bielefeld University.


PhD in History, Lund University, 2015
MA in History with distinction, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 2009
BA in History, University of Copenhagen, 2006


About the research

Sune Bechmann Pedersen is principal investigator of the project Holidays behind the Iron Curtain: The Politics of Scandinavian Tourism to Communist Europe, 1945-1989, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR:2016-06615). He also contributes to the project Transborder television. Scandinavia and the GDR in the 1970s, funded by the Crafoord Foundation. He has published on film and memory in Germany and the Czech Republic after the fall of Communism and is working on a book project about the history of Scandinavian tourism to Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century. His areas of expertise include the history of tourism, the cultural Cold War, contemporary Czech and German history, European memory cultures, and film history.


Books (2)
Editorships (1)
Articles (3)
Book chapters (5)
Conference contributions (2)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (9)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

(updated until 2015. For subsequent activities, see the research portal above)

Invited talks

"Memory Politics in Czech Cinema", Central European Days, University of Copenhagen, 19–20 March 2015.

"Post-Socialist Nostalgia and the Politics of Czech Retro Cinema", Collegium Carolinum, Munich, 29 September 2014.

"The Child and the Colonizer: Kolja and Other Russians in Czech Cinema since 1989", Translating the Russian, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 8-9 November 2013.

"Reel Socialism: Making Sense of the Socialist Past in Czech and German Cinema Since 1989", dept. of East European History, Bielefeld University, 25 June 2013.

"Content and complicit? Narratives of everyday life under Communism in Czech cinema since 1989", Memory between History and Contemporary Politics in East Central Europe, Aarhus University, 30–31 January 2013.

"The Aesthetics of a Peaceful Revolution: Strategies for Representing '1989' in Czech and German Cinema", Eastern Europe in Contemporary Cultural Memory, University of Copenhagen, 17 November 2011.

Conference presentations

"Tourism as Usual: Selling the Eastern Bloc to Scandinavian Travellers", 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, Philadelphia, 19-22 November 2015.

"Tourist Guidebooks 'Examined and Approved': Communist Censorship and the Uses of History in West European Cold War Guidebooks to Eastern Europe", 22nd Congress of The International Committee of Historical Sciences, Jinan, China, 23–29 August 2015.

"Visualising 'Us' and 'Them'" (discussant), Close Encounters: East and West in Cold War Interactions & Imagination, University of Amsterdam, 20–21 March 2015.

"Eastern Escapes: Selling Communist Europe in Scandinavian Cold-War Guidebooks", Annual Baltic Borderlands IRTG conference, Umeå, 19-21 October 2014.

"Making Sense of Communism’s Demise in Czech Cinema", 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, Boston, 21-24 November 2013.

"Making Sense of the Communist Past in Czech and German Cinema: Historical Narration On Screen since 1989", 8th Annual NECS conference, Charles University, 20-22 June 2013.

"Remembering the Rites de Passage: Coming of Age under Communism in Central European Cinema since 1989", 18th Annual ASN World Convention, Columbia University, 18-20 April 2013.

"Screening Revolutions: Making sense of Communism's demise in Czech and German cinema", Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, Fitzwilliam College - Churchill College, Cambridge, 5-8 April 2013.

"Bloodlands and Other Borderland Histories" (discussant), 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Euroasian Studies, New Orleans, 15-18 November 2012.

"Using blogs in teaching European Studies" (with Anamaria Dutceac Segesten), 3rd U21 Digital Humanities Workshop, Lund University, 19-21 September 2012.

"'Arriving' in the West - Returning to the East: East Germans Revisiting 'Home' in Die Nachrichten (2005) and Der Preis (2011)", [Trans]National Subjects: Framing Post-1989 Migration on the European Screen, University of Leuven, 15-17 December 2011.

"Representing the Revolution: The Fall of the Berlin Wall in German Cinema", New Polish and Other Eastern European Cinema, University of Copenhagen, 6-7 October 2011.

"The Aesthetics of a Collapsing Border: The Fall of the Berlin Wall in German cinema", From the Iron Curtain to the Schengen Area: Bordering Communist and Postcommunist Europe, conference co-organized by Ludwig Boltzmann institute for European History and Public Spheres, Institute for Human Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 28-30 September 2011.

"Cultural Memories of ‘die Wende’. Images of the East German Revolution in Post-89 German Cinema", XXIV IAMHIST Conference, University of Copenhagen, 6-9 July 2011.

"Negotiating the Nation in Newer German Cinema", 10th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, Jagiellonian University, 4-5 March 2011.

“Ethical dilemmas and moral ambiguities in Cristian Mungiu’s stories of the communist period”, To act or not to act: Ethics in Romanian Cinema, University of Pittsburgh, 28 October 2010.

"Popular Comedies and Nostalgia in PostCommunist Czech and German Cinema", Slav #2 Sujets, Longitudes, et Approches Variées. Symposium in Slavonic Studies, Free University of Brussels, 24-25 September 2009.

"Discrete Postcolonial Violence? Reconciliatory Czech and German Postcommunist Cinema Reconsidered", 14th Annual ASN World Convention, Columbia University, 23-25 April 2009.

"Colonialism in Post-communist Czech and German Cinema", Post Communist Visual Culture and Cinema, University of St Andrews, 20-21 March 2009.

"'Now we should all acknowledge our Holocaust guilt.' Denmark and the Holocaust as European Identity", WISC Second Global International Studies Conference, University of Ljubljana, 23-26 July 2008.

Public outreach

‘Från Sonnenallee till Weissensee. DDR som mediefiktion i det nya Tyskland.’ Lecture at the Lund-Greifswald vänortsförening, Lund, 17 September 2015.

Guest lecture on GDR history for high school students in Lund Katedralskola’s elite history programme (HiP), 17 April 2015.

Talk with Annette Hess, screenwriter of Weissensee, about GDR in film and TV fiction, Tredje Rummet, Lund, 5 December 2014.

Talk with Eric Jarosinski about 'Social Media in the Golden Age of Crisis in the Humanities' and @NeinQuarterly. A Compendium of Utopian Negation, Lund University, 21 October 2014.

"Film fra det nye Tyskland. Forestillinger om øst og vest efter 1989." Dansk-Tysk Selskab, Copenhagen, 24 November 2011.

Sune Bechmann Pedersen

Media History
Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

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Phone +46 46 222 84 89

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