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Ms Annika Lindskog
16-18 Gordon Square
Tel: (020) 7679 3180 (x33180)
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  • Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

After teaching positions in Lampeter (Wales), Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and Dublin, I joined the department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL in 2001. Initially employed to teach all Swedish language related courses, as well as separate UG course on Swedish Cinema (later developed into Nordic Cinema), I have since gravitated more towards cultural study, and now teach courses on Nordic Landscapes, Nordic Histories & Cultures, and Hearing Cultures: Contextualised soundscapes in Europe 1770-1914, alongside advanced language courses and project-based courses.

My research focus runs along the same lines as these courses, and encompasses a range of enquiries into a variety of cross-roads between cultural expression and a wider set of contextual ideologies and behaviours. In some early work, I puzzled over a Swedish collective identity in relationship to its language policies at a particular point of time, and in another how it informed and conditioned the reception of very popular (at that time) film which drew heavily on the Swedish landscape for both emplacement and appeal.

From these early forays, I started to understand - or at least discern - more of the complexity that is involved in issues around collective identity, landscape (particularly in Nordic and British contexts) and cultural expressions and engagements through which concomitant ideas and approaches can be both forwarded and shaped. The Nordic Landscape course I run (UG/MA) gives a continuous chance to explore and discover - together with the students - a range of aspects and instances in which the landscape is appropriated, in both inherited and reformed forms, to become part of negotiations around place, space and identity.

Following on from this, I could finally start thinking about the place and voice of music in the context of a changing, dynamic and often highly ideologised society. The very nature of music makes it harder to 'pin down' to a particular place or time, but that does not mean it has no connections to the context from which it emerged, or in which it existed (or exist). In my first exploration of music and landscapes, for example, I found that a symphony from the early part of the 20C could be connected with a range of approaches to a particular place - in this case northern Sweden: its natural resources, an on-going and complex rhetoric around the value of the landscape, and a long-established (and in no way only domestically informed) idea of where the indigenous people that (also) inhabited that landscape belonged in that rhetoric.

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Teaching Summary

Advanced language courses in Swedish, as well as independent project work (researched based) at final year level, and advanced translation. The Advanced language course includes: study of culture and society, thematic approaches to cultural study, textual studies on stylistics, language variation, policy and pedagogy, literature. The Advanced Project work module accommodates topics ranging from the historical to the contemporary across a range of disciplines, and have included projects on: equality, religion, food, the music industry, corporate responsibility, politics etc. 

Nordic Landscapes - an interdisciplinary module on UG and MA level exploring the role of landscape in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts, incorporating cultural theory as well as range of social, political and historical aspects. 

Cultural history - seminars on various courses on aspects on Swedish and Scandinavian cultural history from the 1700s through to the 1900s (incl. Carl Linnaeus, C.M. Bellman, the Kalevala, contemporary Swedish literature etc.)

Available for supervision on topics relating to: Nordic studies, language and linguistics, landscape and geography, music, cultural memory, cultural history

Academic Background
2008   Master of Arts (Hons) University of Wales, College of Cardiff
1994   Lararexamen Umea Universitet
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