Stefan Eklöf Amirell

Stefan Eklöf Amirell

Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I am professor of Global History and the director of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. I am also the President of the Swedish Historical Association and Sweden's delegate to the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS/CISH) and a member of the Steering Group of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH).

I received my Ph.D. in History at Lund University in 2002 and since 2008 I am an Associate Professor in History at the University of Gothenburg. I have worked as a teacher and researcher at Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Malmö College University and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm. I have been a visiting scholar in Denmark, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Australia and France, and between 2009 and 2015 I was the editor-in-chief of Sweden's leading journal for research in History and Economic History, Historisk tidskrift.

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I am coordinating the Linnaeus University's Research Training Program in Global Humanities, which is due to start in the autumn 2022. For more information, see the website of the program.

I am currently not teaching any undergraduate courses but I have previously taught various courses in History, European Studies, Asian Studies and Regional Studies at University of Gothenburg, Lund University and Malmö University College.


My research interests include colonialism and decolonisation, contemporary political culture and democracy in Southeast Asia, piracy and maritime security in global historical perspective, Swedish historiography in relation to international history and female political leadership in world history. I am currently in the process of concluding a research project is called "Intermediaries in Imperial Expansion: Connections and Encounters on the U.S. Frontiers, 1876-1916" (see below for more information). From January 2022, I am also coordinating a major collaborative research project entitled "Imperial Expansion and Intercultural Diplomacy: Treaty-making in Southeast Asia, c.1750−1920" (see further below). Both projects are financed by the Swedish Research Council.


President of the Swedish Historical Association (

Treasurer of the Swedish Association for Scholarly Publishing (

Chairman of the awarding committee for Sweden's largest prize in history, Stora historiepriset (previously Hertig Karls pris) (

Sweden's delegate to the International Committee of the Historical Sciences, Comité international des sciences historiques (ICHS/CISH) (

Member of the Steering Commitee of the European Network in Global and Universal History (ENIUGH)

Vice chairman of the board of the Swedish Emigrant Institute

Representative of Linnaeus University in the Collaboration Committee for the National Research School in Historical Studies


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