Person

Marie Cronqvist

Reader

  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Senior Lecturer

  • Journalism
  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail marie.cronqvistkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 88 76

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

I am an associate professor in journalism and media history. My research interests are Cold War culture, propaganda and psychological defence, media and armed conflict, and transnational broadcasting.

I coordinate the international research network Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS) since 2013. My research group has explored the exchange of television programmes between Scandinavia and the GDR, and recently I have started up a project on media knowledge and psychological defence. I have been a guest researcher for example at the Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung in Hamburg, The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University in Sydney and The Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, UK.

I am one of two coordinators of the Film- and media history seminar and my teaching is mostly in media history and journalism. Part-time, from jan 2018, I am also the dep director of the academic think tank LU Futura at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Study.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

My scholarly interests are 20th century Nordic and European cultural and media history. My research focus has been Cold War culture, especially media narratives in the postwar era, fiction and feature film of the Cold War, the culture of civil defence and everyday militarization in the atomic age, the material cultural heritage of the Cold War, literary journalism, and transnational broadcasting.

My dissertation Mannen i mitten. Ett spiondrama i svensk kallakrigskultur ("The man in the middle: A spy drama in Swedish Cold War culture", published as a book by Carlsson bokförlag, Stockholm, 2004) explored the cultural figure of the spy in Swedish 1950s and 1960s media and popular culture. In a post doc research project "The people's home in the atomic age: Civil defence information and the Swedish narrative of community, 1945–1965" (financed by the Swedish Research Council, 2005-2009), I investigated the narratives of fear and safety, warfare and welfare, in Swedish civil defense culture of the 1950s and 1960s. The project resulted in a series of articles and book chapters in Swedish, English and German.

In the project "Entangled television histories: Media networks and programme exchange between Sweden and the GDR, 1969–1989" (financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2015-2019), I investigated the relationship between Swedish and East German television in the 1970s and 1980s. The project tapped into not only the discussion on transnational broadcasting, but also the recent trend within Cold War studies challenging traditional ideas of division and bipolarity by investigating the period in terms of East-West entanglements, interconnections, exchanges, and circulation. In connection to my own research, I started a research group with two other researchers, Sune Bechmann Pedersen and Laura Saarenmaa. The title of the project was "Transborder television: The Nordic countries and the GDR" (financed by the Crafoord foundation, 2016-2018). Our work resulted in a series of book chapters and articles in journals such as Media History and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

In a recently financed project, "Media knowledge and Cold War preparedness: Mass communication theories and media practices in the service of the Swedish psychological defence, 1953–1985" (Vetenskapsrådet, 2020–), I explore the establishment of the Swedish psychological defence and its significance for the circulation of media knowledge and mass communication theories in the postwar era. The project has active links to perspectives within the history of knowledge and the history of science, but is also a continuation of my long-standing interest in civil defence and the (media) history of information and propaganda. I am a member of the research network "Transnational histories of civil defence", and our first edited volume Civil defence in Western Europe during the Cold War: Sociotechnical imaginaries of survival (eds. Cronqvist, Farbøl & Sylvest) is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.

Since 2013, I am also the coordinator of the transdisciplinary research network "Mediemotions" based at Lund University. Our first edited volume, War remains: Mediations of suffering and death in the era of the World Wars (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, eds. Cronqvist & Sturfelt), came out in 2018. The book was quality assessed via Kriterium. Within this network, my own research is on war and literary journalism.

Over the years I have edited several other books, among these 1973. En träff med tidsandan ("1973: A date with the Zeitgeist", Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2008, eds. Cronqvist, Sturfelt & Wiklund). My interest in research in higher education and pedagogy resulted in the volume Det goda seminariet. Forskarseminariet som lärandemiljö och kollegialt rum ("The good seminar: The research seminar as a learning environment and collegial space", Stockholm/Göteborg: Makadam, 2016, eds. Cronqvist & Maurits).

Since 2014, I am also the main coordinator of the international research network "Entangled media histories (EMHIS)" with members from around 15 countries in Europe and Australia. The network was financed by STINT Institutional Grant, 2014-2019, and has arranged about 10 conferences in four countries. I am an Honorary Associate at the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, UK. I have been a guest researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, and the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Sydney. I am on the board of Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund (The Science Society in Lund) and in 2019 I was elected member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA) in Stockholm.

Books (2)

Editorships (12)

Articles (11)

Book chapters (34)

Prefaces (2)

Conference contributions (3)

Reports (1)

Reviews (31)

Articles in specialist publications and popular press (4)

Newspaper articles (10)

Miscellaneous (8)

Supervision at Lund University (3)

Administrative

  • Member, Faculty Board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Deputy director of the think tank LU Futura

Editorial board member of the book series Mediehistoriskt arkiv

Editorial board member of Lund University Press

Member of the Faculty Board of Humanities and Theology

Board member and vice president of the Science Society of Lund

Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, class X

Board member of the Centre for Öresund Studies

Board member of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Honorary Associate of the Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, Australia

Marie Cronqvist

Reader

  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Senior Lecturer

  • Journalism
  • Media History
  • Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail marie.cronqvistkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 88 76

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20