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Izabela Dahl

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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Izabela Dahl

About Izabela Dahl

Izabela Dahl is associate professor and senior lecturer in history. Her main research interests concern modern and contemporary European history and projects are linked to the fields of migration and refuge studies, humanitarian aid and relief activities, history of anti-Semitism, Jewish history, European memory culture and international relations in the Baltic Sea area with special attention put to democratization processes.

Epistemologically her work is inspired by social constructivism, discourse analysis, intersectionality, narrativity and oral sources in history writing as well as source pluralism. Sensitivity to gender dimension, processes of social inclusion and exclusion, and social categorization are often applied approaches in investigated empirical studies.

Reccently published: Reiseberichte als Zeitdokumente: Reisen in polnische Gebiete zur Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs, a methodologcial article which touches on varies source-critical aspects of travel reports, published in a yearbook of the Historical Research Center in Berlin at the Polish Academy of Sciences 2020 and

Witnessing the Holocaust: Jewish Experiences and the Collection of the Polish Source Institute in Lund concerns a contribution within the project Early Holocaust Memory in Sweden: Archives, Testimonies and Reflections which was published in Palgrave Macmillan 2021. The project was funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and coordinated by colleagues at Uppsala University.


Research projects

Women and their humanitarian efforts for refugee reception in Sweden from a historical perspective is a project that deals with social-historical issues and the historicization of the concept of humanitarian aid where the philanthropic tradition meets the current development of aid policy. Within the project, exemplary empirical knowledge is created around questions about, how and to what extent gender equality and a rights-based perspective have played a role in humanitatian aid historically. The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. For more information regarding the upcoming conference 13-15 October 2021, see:

Women and humanitarian aid - a historisizing perspective

In political history, Dahl's interests concern the Cold War and diplomatic relations with the Baltic Sea region. The focus is on diplomatic contacts between Poland and Sweden 1956-1974. In addition to the empirical study of Swedish-Polish bilateral relations during the 1960s and 1970s, she studies Swedish foreign policy's role for revitalization of the European dialogue between East and West. The objective is to deepen source-based knowledge about Swedish and Polish involvement in peace policy solutions in Europe and to map the early Swedish aid to the Polish democracy movement.


Teaching

In Örebro, Izabela Dahl mainly teaches the chronological history courses and the essay courses within the teacher education program. She also conducts open couses as i.e. Migration and Globalization and Perspectives on the Holocaust.

At the advanced level, Izabela Dahl teaches oral history at the University of Gothenburg.

During Autumn 21, Izabela Dahl will conduct an international course for postgraduate students. Gender & Memory is will approach theory and method of historical studies designed in collaboration with professor Bettina Brandt from Bielefeld University, Germany.


Previously, Izabela Dahl was active at Humboldt University in Berlin (HU), the University of Technology and Economics in Berlin (HTW Berlin), the University of Gothenburg (GU) and Karlstad University (KAU).

Member of the network The Jews in Sweden at the Hugo Valentin Center since 2007 and  member of the Research Network for Holocaust Studies since 2020.

Member of the editorial board of the journal  Nordeuropaforum (ISSN: 1863-639X) since 2005.

She has been collaborating with the European Commission on various research administrative assignments since 2014 and since 2018 she has been part of the Migration Research HUB, IMISCOE funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program within the framework of the grant agreement Ares (2017) 5627812-77012.

External censor for candidate exams at Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen since 2018.

Co-coordinator of the network Politics, Citizenship & Nations at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) since 2018.

Member of the International Advisory Board of the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation, Germany since 2019.


Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Conference proceedings (editor) |  Doctoral theses, monographs |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Articles, book reviews

Books

Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2009). Jødene i Polen. Oslo: HL-senteret Senter for studier av Holocaust og livssynsminoriteter (Temahefte (HL-senteret) 5).
Beindorf, C. , Dahl, I. A. & Schröder, S. M. (1995). Kulturwissenschaft und Landeskunde: Kommentierte Auswahlbibliographien. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Kleine Schriften des Nordeuropa-Instituts 2).

Chapters in books

Dahl, I. A. (2021). Witnessing the Holocaust: Jewish Experiences and the Collection of the Polish Source Institute in Lund. In: Johannes Heuman, Pontus Rudberg, Early Holocaust Memory in Sweden: Archives, Testimonies and Reflections (pp. 67-91). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2019). Antisemitismus und Antizionismus in Osteuropa nach 1945. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judenhass: Die Geschichte des Antisemitismus von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (pp. 545-566). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2019). Kollaboration und Kooperation während des Zweiten Weltkriegs. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judenhass: Die Geschichte des Antisemitismus von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (pp. 491-504). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2019). Osteuropa in der Zeit zwischen den Weltkriegen. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judenhass: Die Geschichte des Antisemitismus von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (pp. 425-446). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Dahl, I. A. (2018). Att göra skillnad: Ingrid Segerstedt Wibergs hjälpverksamhet för flyktingmottagande i Göteborg under andra världskriget. In: Maria Sjöberg, Allvarligt talat: Berättelser om livet (pp. 419-434). Göteborg: Makadam Förlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2015). Crises and change: World War I and the dynamics of emerging Poland. In: Maximilian Lakitsch, Susanne Reitmair-Juárez, Katja Seidel, Bellicose Entanglements 1914: The Great War as a Global War (pp. 231-246). Zürich: LIT Verlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2015). Kurz vor Schluss: Die Rettungsaktion 'Weiße Busse'. In: Paul, Gerhard; Schwensen, Broder, Mai '45. Kriegsende in Flensburg (pp. 32-41). Flensburg, Germany: Gesellschaft für Flensburger Stadtgeschichte eV.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Dänemark als Zufluchtsland für jüdische Flüchtlinge. In: Izabela A. Dahl & Jorunn Sem Fure, Skandinavien als Zuflucht für jüdische Intellektuelle 1933-1945 (pp. 211-227). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). "Ich werde wohl niemals erfahren, ob es sich so abgespielt hat": Leon Rappaport und der Kampf ums Überleben. In: Izabela A. Dahl & Jorunn Sem Fure, Skandinavien als Zuflucht für jüdische Intellektuelle 1933-1945 (pp. 147-157). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Schweden als Zufluchtsland 1933-1945. In: Izabela A. Dahl & Jorunn Sem Fure, Skandinavien als Zuflucht für jüdische Intellektuelle 1933-1945 (pp. 14-31). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2013). Ett ojämnt förhållande?: Aspekter av tysk-nordiska relationer sett från ett tyskt perspektiv. In: Anna Florén & Emelie Höglund, Norden återupptäcker Tyskland: Nya perspektiv på gamla relationer (pp. 48-61). Oslo: Skyline Forlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2013). Mottagandet av polska judar i Sverige 1968-1972. In: Lars M. Andersson & Carl Henrik Carlsson, Från sidensjalar till flyktingmottagning: Judarna i Sverige – en minoritets historia (pp. 239-256). Uppsala: Historiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
Dahl, I. A. (2012). Rezeption der Aktion "Weiße Busse" in Deutschland. In: Oliver von Wrochem, Skandinavien im Zweiten Weltkrieg und die Rettungsaktion Weiße Busse: Ereignisse und Erinnerung (pp. 182-198). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2011). Collective Memory and National Identity Construction: Polish Survivors’ Records in Sweden. In: David Cesarini, Suzanne Bardgett, Jessica Reinisch & Dieter Steinert, Landscapes after Battle: Justice, Politics and Memory in Europe after the Second World War (pp. 169-186). London & Portland: Vallentine-Mitchell Publishers.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2010). A Europa de leste apos 1945. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz & Håkon Harket, Historia do anti-semitismo da antiguidade aos nossos dias (pp. 569-588). Lisabon: Edições 70.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2010). A Polonia e a Europa de leste entre as duas guerras. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz & Håkon Harket, Historia do anti-semitismo da antiguidade aos nossos dias (pp. 429-450). Lisabon: Edições 70.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2010). Colaboracao e cooperacao. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz & Håkon Harket, Historia do anti-semitismo da antiguidade aos nossos dias (pp. 521-534). Lisabon: Edições 70.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Mottagningen av de polska judarna i svensk press 1968-1972. In: Lars Berggren, Mats Greiff, Jesper Johansson, Johan Svanberg, Malin Thor, Samhällshistoria i fokus: En festskrift till Lars Olsson om arbete, migration och kultur (pp. 212-228). Malmö: Big Bad Books.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2009). Kollaborasjon og kooperasjon. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz och Håkon Harket, Jødehat: Antisemittismens historie fra antikken til i dag (pp. 511-525). Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2009). Polen og Øst-Europa i mellomkrigstiden. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz och Håkon Harket, Jødehat: Antisemittismens historie fra antikken til i dag (pp. 421-441). Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Dahl, I. A. (2009). Wstęp. In: Pia-Kristina Garde, Świadectwo skazanych na śmierć – sześćdziesiąt lat później (pp. 14-29). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Czarne.
Dahl, I. & Lorenz, E. (2009). Øst-Europa etter 1945. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Einhart Lorenz och Håkon Harket, Jødehat: Antisemittismens historie fra antikken til i dag (pp. 511-525). Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Dahl, I. A. (2008). Die "Weißen Busse" und Folke Bernadotte: Zur Rezeption der Hilfsaktion in Deutschland und Skandinavien. In: Wolfgang Benz & Barbara Distel, KZ und Nachwelt: Dachauer Hefte. Studien und Dokumente zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslage (pp. 203-220). Dachau: Dachau Selbstverlag.
Dahl, I. A. (2008). Kollaboration och kooperation. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judehatets svarta bok: Antisemitismens historia från antiken till i dag (pp. 499-511). Stockholm: Bonnier.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2008). Polen och Östeuropa under mellankrigstiden. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judehatets svarta bok: Antisemitismens historia från antiken till i dag (pp. 409-429). Stockholm: Bonnier.
Dahl, I. A. & Lorenz, E. (2008). Östeuropa efter 1945. In: Trond Berg Eriksen, Håkon Harket, Einhart Lorenz, Judehatets svarta bok: Antisemitismens historia från antiken till i dag (pp. 545-565). Stockholm: Bonnier.

Collections (editor)

Dahl, I. A. (ed.) (2014). Der Norden in der neuen Mitte: zur Gründung des Nordeuropa-Instituts. Berlin: Nordeuropa-Institut (Kleine Schriften des Nordeuropa-Instituts 45).
Dahl, I. A. (ed.) & Sem Fure, J. (ed.) (2014). Skandinavien als Zuflucht für jüdische Intellektuelle 1933–1945. Berlin: Metropol Verlag.

Conference papers

Dahl, I. A. (2021). Women and Humanitarian Aid in Sweden - from Philantropy to Public Employment. Paper presented at European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) 2020/21; 24/03-2021, digital conference.
Dahl, I. A. (2020). From a story to history – theoretical and methodological approaches in historical contextualization of narratives on migration and integration, processes of belonging and exclusion, exile and refuge. Paper presented at Travelling Memories (forskningsseminarieserie online), Örebro universitet, Örebro, Sweden, vinterhalvåret 2020/2021.
Dahl, I. A. (2019). Creating of an image abroad: Exhibitions in Sweden coordinated by the Propaganda Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the late 1950s. Paper presented at Visual Politics: Aesthetic Analysis in/and the Re/Construction of the Social and the Political International Workshop, Örebro, Sweden, October 22, 2019.
Dahl, I. A. (2019). Kvinnor och humanitär hjälp under det korta 1900-talet: ett genus- och rättighetsperspektiv. In: Svenska historikermötet 2019. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, Sweden, May 8-10, 2019.
Dahl, I. A. (2018). Att göra skillnad: Ingrid Segerstedt Wiberg och hennes insatser för statslösa flyktingar under andra världskriget. Paper presented at Bokmässan, Göteborg Book Fair, Göteborg, Sweden, September 30, 2018.
Dahl, I. A. (2018). Jewish experiences and the collection of the Polish Institute of Source Research in Lund. Paper presented at Early Holocaust Memory in Sweden: Archives, Testimonies and Reflections, Uppsala, Sweden, May 14-15, 2018.
Dahl, I. A. (2018). Mars 1968 i Polen – 50 år senare: Skämmas eller vara stolta?. Paper presented at Mars 1968 i Polen – 50 år senare, Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, March 25, 2018.
Dahl, I. A. (2018). Reforming the Polish Diplomatic Service, 1957. Paper presented at Third Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network "Bridging Divides", RIAS, Middelburg, The Netherlands, October 24-26, 2018.
Dahl, I. A. (2017). Migration och historiskt lärande – nya perspektiv inom didaktik och historisk forskning. In: Svenska historikermötet 10-12 maj 2017 Program. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet, Sundsvall, Sweden, May 10-12, 2017.
Dahl, I. A. (2017). The complexity of displacement: Polish Jews in Sweden after World War II. In: Building from Ashes: Jews in Postwar Europe (1945-1950). Paper presented at Building from Ashes: Jews in Postwar Europe (1945-1950), Frankfurt, Germany, December 3-5, 2017.
Dahl, I. A. (2017). Vittnesmålens betydelse för vår minneskultur. Paper presented at En dag om vittnesmål, Forum för Levande Historia, Stockholm, Sweden, November 14, 2017.
Dahl, I. A. (2016). From Re-establishment to Planed Stimulation of Efforts: Polish-Swedish Relations in 1956-1974 in Political Reports from Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Paper presented at European Social Science and History Conference (ESSHC 2016), Network: Politics, Citizenship, and Nations, Valencia, Spain, March 30 - April 2, 2016.
Dahl, I. A. (2016). Ingrid Segerstedt Wiberg och Göteborgs statslösa flyktingar. Paper presented at Historiedagen, Institutionen för Historiska Studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden, February 26, 2016.
Dahl, I. A. (2016). Paths to "Democratization": a Comparative Approach. Paper presented at European Social Science and History Conference (ESSHC 2016), Network: Politics, Citizenship, and Nations, Valencia, Spain, March 30 - April 2, 2016.
Dahl, I. A. (2016). Problematic Citizenship?: Civic Identity, Ethnicity and the Nation from the Late 19th Century through the 1980s. Paper presented at 11th European Social Science and History Conference, Valencia, Spain, March 30 - April 2, 2016.
Dahl, I. A. (2015). Muntlig historia - om berättelsens konstruktion och dekonstruktion. Paper presented at Forskningsseminarium, Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden, January 21, 2015.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Crises and change: World War I and the dynamics of Central Europe. Paper presented at Bellicose Entanglements 1914: The Great War as a Global War, The State of Peace Conference 2014, Schlaining, Austria, September 30 – October 3, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Doing social history: Some remarks on social categorisations, intersectionality and research sources. Paper presented at Class and Intersectionality Seminar, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, May 26-27, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Judisk invandring till Sverige efter andra världskriget – ett öppet forskningsfält. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet 2014, Session: Judars invandring, identitet och assimilation, Stockholm, Sweden, May 8-10, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Revitalisering av utrikespolitiska kontakter mellan Sverige och Polen 1957-1972. Paper presented at Forskarseminarium, Institutionen för Historiska Studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden, December 17, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Skandinavien als Zuflucht für jüdische Intellektuelle 1933-1945. Paper presented at Offentliga föreläsningar Henrik-Steffens-Vorlesung & Dag-Hammarskjöld-Vorlesung, Nordiska Ambassaderna, Berlin, Germany, November 24, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2014). Sveriges relationer med Polen under det kalla kriget: från kontakternas revitalisering till bistånd till polsk opposition. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet 2014, Session: I kalla krigets skugga, Stockholm, Sweden, May 8-10, 2014.
Dahl, I. A. (2011). Exempel: Kvot- och kontingentmigranter i Sverige 1968-1972. Paper presented at Svenska historikermötet 2011, Session: "Muntlig historia - en utmaning mot den historiska disciplinens traditioner och ramar i Sverige?", Göteborg, Sweden, May 5-7, 2011.
Dahl, I. A. (2011). Politische Einstellung: 'Unpolitisch': Betrachtungen zur Flucht auf eigene Faust in schwedischen polizeilichen Verhörprotokollen 1945-1946. Paper presented at Disputationsföredrag, Philosophische Fakultät II, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, July 4, 2011.
Dahl, I. A. (2011). Schweden für polnische jüdische Zwangsmigrierte. Paper presented at Offentlig föreläsning, Dag-Hammarskjöld-Vorlesung, Berlin, Germany, June 27, 2011.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Hat die Erinnerung ihren Platz gefunden?: Kommunikatives Gedächtnis als Herausforderung in der Identitätsforschung. Paper presented at Forum för Tysklandstudier, Uppsala, Sweden, May 6, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). In the tension of national and religious identities: Polish Jewish migrants after WW II. Paper presented at "Coming to Welfare State Sweden: New International and Swedish Perspectives on Refugees and Immigrants from the Inter-War Period to the Present", Departement of History, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, May 28, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Mottagningen av de polska judarna i svensk press 1968–1972. Paper presented at Symposium:"Samhällshistoria i fokus", Migrationsinstitutet, Växjö, Sweden, October 22, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Omöjligt att jämföra?: Polska judar i Sverige efter andra världskriget i spänningsfält av nationella och religiösa identiteter. Paper presented at Offentlig föreläsning vid Hugo-Valentin-Centrum, Uppsala, Sweden, May 5, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). "Ostjüdische" Immigration. Paper presented at Jüdisches BeSchreiben. Forschungen zum skandinavischen Judentum, Deutsches Seminar Abteilung für Nordische Philologie, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, February 4-5, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Polnische jüdische Zwangsmigrantinnen in Schweden nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg: Im Spannungsverhältnis nationaler und religiöser Identitäten. Paper presented at Kollegium Jüdische Studien, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, April 10, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Schweden als Zufluchtsland für jüdische Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler im Schatten des Nationalsozialismus 1933-45. Paper presented at Symposium: "Scandinavia as refuge for Jewish academics in exile from NS persecution, 1933-1945", Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, October 8-10, 2010.
Dahl, I. A. (2010). Weiße Busse und Graf Folke Bernadotte: Entstehungshintergrund und Rezeption in Deutschland. Paper presented at Tagung: "Skandinavien in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus und die "Aktion Bernadotte". Ereignisse und Erinnerung.", KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, Neuengamme, Germany, May 1-2, 2010.

Conference proceedings (editor)

Dahl, I. A. (ed.) , Epstein, A. (ed.) , Reis Santos, J. (ed.) & Kosnica, I. (ed.) (2020). 13th European Social Science History Conference Leiden, Netherlands, 18-21 March 2020 Politics, Citizenship and Nations Network Call for Papers and Sessions; Crisis, Divisions, Agency.. International Institute of Social History: International Institute of Social History.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Dahl, I. A. (2013). Ausschluss und Zugehörigkeit: Polnische jüdische Zwangsmigration in Schweden nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. (Doctoral dissertation). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.

Reports