Maja Lagerqvist

senior lecturer at Department of Social and Economic Geography

+4618-471 2540
Visiting address:
Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10
Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

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I am a cultural and historical geographer interested in issues of place construction and transformation, modern historical landscapes, heritage, public spaces, homes (first and second), youth mobility, crises, landscape transformation, representation, sonic geographies and the interaction of materiality and immateriality.

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At present I am working on several research projects:

- Integration eller åtskillnad? En studie av mobilitet och mångfald i Stockholm (with PhD Linn Axelsson, Bo Malmberg and Tomas Wimark, Department of Human Geography, Stockholms university, 2017-2019)

- The crofts after the crofters: places for the marginalised? (Herrgårdstorpen efter torparna: en plats för de marginaliserade? This project explores crofts in sweden in the post war ear and n particular their function as marginal spaces for or spaces for those who seeks the margins. (Pilot study during 2018 with PhD Annika Pers Strandin Department of Human geography, Stockholm University).

- The Family and the Second home: Enacting material, social and emotional values with complications across generations. This project explores how second home users relate to and engage in their second home in relation to existing or/and future shared usage/ownership and generational changes there (with PhD Annika Pers Strandin Department of Human geography, Stockholm University).

- Heritage in times of crisis. This project explores how heritage is used, conceptualised and valued in relation to the global economic crisis, particularly its effects on heritage in the Republic of Ireland. This is my postdoc-project (2013-2015), which I am developing further now.

- Urban Geographies of sound. This project looks at the role of live music and sound in urban public places, with an interest in the relationship between music/sound and conviviality, spaces of affect/emotion/memory as well as processes of power and regulation and in relation to social inequalities (with PhD Karolina Doughty, Wageningen University)

My doctoral research elaborated on the integration of material and immaterial dimensions in processes of place construction through a study of the transformations of Swedish rural small holdings into second homes during the 20th century. To download my thesis, Torpets transformationer: Materialitet, representation och praktik från år 1850 till 2010, see


Agnidakis, P., Lagerqvist, M. & Stradin Pers, A (2018): I riktning mot en normkreativ kulturmiljövård. Metodutveckling utifrån exemplet Statens fastighetsverk i Sverige. Kulturstudier Nr 1 2018, s. 167-198

Strandin Pers, A, Lagerqvist, M. & Nordin, U (2018): The family and the second home. On building sandcastles, sharing places and the passing of time, i CM Hall & DK Müller (red) Routledge International Handbook on Second Homes.

Lagerqvist, M & Forsberg, G (2017): Resmönster, resvanor och reseupplevelser bland ungdomar i Stockholms län, in Thomas Wimark (ed.) Metoder och verktyg för sociala nyttoberäkningar i kollektivtrafiken, Kulturgeografiskt seminarium 2017:1, Department of Human geography, Stockholm University, p. 87-113

Honkaneimi, H., Wimark, T., Juarez, S. Lagerqvist, M. & Rostila, M. (2017) in Thomas Wimark (ed.) Metoder och verktyg för sociala nyttoberäkningar i kollektivtrafiken, Kulturgeografiskt seminarium 2017:1, Department of Human geography, Stockholm University, p 9-53

Lagerqvist, M (2016): Reverberations of a Crisis: The Practical and Ideological Reworkings of Irish State Heritage Work in Economic Crisis and Austerity. Heritage & Society, 9:1, p. 57-75.

Lagerqvist, M (2016): Ännu en sommar på torpet. Om arv och platstillhörighet. [Yet another summer at the cottage: inheritance and place]. In K. Gunnemark (ed.) Sommarliv – om minnen, drömmar och materialitet. Makadam, Göteborg p. 171-185.

Doughty, K and Lagerqvist, M (2016): The ethical potential of sound in public space: migrant pan flute music and its potential to create moments of conviviality in a ‘failed’ public square. Emotion, Space and Society. Vol 20, p. 58-67

Lagerqvist, M (2016): Kulturarv i kristider: Hur 2000-talets globala ekonomiska kris påverkat det offentliga arbetet med kulturhistoriska miljöer på Irland. Geografiska Notiser, 2016/1: 27-38

Lagerqvist, M, Strandin Pers, A and Nordin, U (2016): The more, the merrier? Experiences of shared usage and generational intersections at second homes in Sweden. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change Vol 1:2014. p. 49-61

Lagerqvist, M (2015): My Goodness, my heritage: Constructing good heritage in the Irish Economic Crisis. Culture unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 7, p. 285-306

Lagerqvist, M (2015): Book-review of Peter Aronsson & Lizette Gradén (eds.), Performing Nordic Heritage: Everyday Practices and Institutional culture (Farnham: Ashgate 2013), in Historisk tidskrift 2015:2, p. 322-325.

Lagerqvist, M (2015): Book-Review of McGrath. B (2013) Landscape and society in contemporary Ireland. Social & Cultural Geography. 16(5), p. 587-588

Lagerqvist, M (2014): The importance of an old rural cottage: Media representation and construction of a national idyll in post-war Sweden. Journal of Rural Studies. Volume 36C, October 2014, p. 33-41

Doughty, K and Lagerqvist, M (2014): The pan flute musicians at Sergels torg: Between global flows and specificities of place, in L. Murray & S. Upstone (eds) Researching and representing mobilities: Transdisciplinary encounters. Palgrave Publishing. p. 150-169

Lagerqvist, M (2014): När torp slutade vara torp. I A. Wästfelt (ed.) Att bruka men inte äga. Arrende och annan nyttjanderätt till mark i svenskt jordbruk från medeltid till idag. Kungliga skogs- och lantbruksakademin. pp. 193-206

Lagerqvist, M (2013): 'I much rather be still here and travel in time': The intertwinedness of mobility and stillness in cottage living. Fennia, 191:2, p. 92−105

Lagerqvist, M (2012): Torpen är döda. Länge leve torpen! Hembygdsrörelsens engagemang för torp i efterkrigstidens Sverige. Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift, 64, p. 73-88.

Lagerqvist, M (2011): Varför överlevde torpet? In Geografiska notiser, LXIX, No 4, p. 166-178

Lagerqvist, M (2011): Torpets transformationer. Materialitet, representation och praktik från 1850 till 2010. Meddelanden från Kulturgeografiska institutionen nr 141. Stockholm (Doctoral Thesis, eng title: The transformations of the croft. Materiality, representation and practice from 1850 to 2010).

Lagerqvist, M (2009): Book-Review of Bäck, K Sverigebilden: En historia om rödfärg, tegel, trädgårdar och byggnader eller Hem och hus: bebyggelseförändringar på landsbygden 1840-80. In Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift No 57 Landskapets resurser, p. 101-102.


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