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. He is the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Tourism History.


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 (5)
Book chapters (7)
Conference contributions (2)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (10)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications


Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War, Centre for European Research, University of Gothenburg 7-8 December 2017.

Crossing the Iron Curtain: Tourism and Travelling in the Cold War, Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies, University of Amsterdam, 7-8 April 2017.


What is Central and Eastern Europe: history, ideas, culture and identities, European Studies, University of Gothenburg

History of Modern Tourism, Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

Historieformidling med formidlingsteori, Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

Film och historia, Department of History, Lund University

Media and Armed Conflict - Past and Present, Unit for Media History, Lund University

1989: Revolution och reformer, Department of History, Lund University

Katastrofernas århundrade, Department of History, Lund University

Sune Bechmann Pedersen

Media History
Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail sune.bechmann_pedersenkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 84 89

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Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

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