Izabela DahlTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 19 302445
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.
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:
In political history, Dahl's interests concern the Cold War and diplomatic relations within 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.
In Örebro, Izabela Dahl mainly teaches chronological history courses and 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 will approach theory and method of historical studies and is 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.