Stefan Amirell

16,4 million to Stefan Amirell and LNUC Concurrences

Stefan Amirell at the Linnaeus University Centre Concurrences has been given 16.4 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council to create a unique research environment that focuses on colonial expansion and intercultural diplomacy in Southeast Asia 1750-1920.

Stefan Amirell is associate professor in History at the Department of Cultural Sciences. He has received 16.4 million from the Swedish Research Council, the major funding body for research in Sweden, the creation of a unique research environment centered around colonial expansion and intercultural diplomacy in Southeast Asia between 1750 and 1920.

This is one of the largest grants ever given to a project in the Humanities at Linnaeus University.

- This is a remarkably large amount of funding that caps of a very successful year. Researchers who are tied to our centre have also received support for projects in archaeology, film, history, literature, and cultural sociology, which shows the strength of interdisciplinary centres of excellence, says Johan Höglund, director of LNUC Concurrences.

The funding will be used to create a research environment in Global History named “Imperial Expansion and Intercultural Diplomacy: Treatymaking in Maritime Southeast Asia, c.1700−1920”.

The research environment will study the more than 600 treaties that were negotiated and signed between different states in the region and the colonial powers that vied for influence there.

Research funds for six years of research

By studying these treaties, it is easier to understand how imperial dominance was established and maintained in this large and multifaceted region. This understanding is important to understand how relations between different South East Asian states are created and maintained today.

The environment has been given funding for six years of research and consists of seven researchers. In addition to Stefan Amirell, Hans Hägerdal, Eleonora Poggio and Birgit Tremml-Werner at Linnaeus University will participate, along with three researchers from Thailand, the Philippines and the Netherlands.

- When this funding is included, members of LNUC Concurrences will have received a total of 36 million during 2020. It will be tremendously exciting to see the results that this environment will produce.