Benjamin Martin

forskare vid Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria

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Historiker, verksam vid Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria sedan februari 2017, författare av The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Mitt pågående forskning, finanserad av Riksbankensjubileumsfond, undersöker hur Europeiska staters kulturella fördrag bidrog till att skapa ett globalt kulturbegrepp under 1900-talet. Mer information om projektet finns här.

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A graduate of Columbia University (PhD, 2006), Benjamin Martin is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Europe, with a particular focus on interwar Germany and Italy. He is the author of The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016), a study of how the German-Italian Axis sought to create a "New Order" in European cultural life in the late 1930s and during WWII. He has published on related topics in the Journal of Contemporary History and in an edited volume on Swedish intellectual and cultural leaders' cooperation with Nazi Germany. His most recent article, on the Nazis' efforts to promote pan-European legal cooperation, is published in International Politics. In 2017 he also published shorter reflections on the history of the idea of European culture and on the European significance of the Swedish film star Zarah Leander.

At Uppsala University, Martin works as researcher in the Department of History of Science and Ideas, where he also teaches several courses in intellectual and cultural history, including co-teaching a course on narrative and the uses of history. His current research, financed by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, uses the cultural treaties entered into by the major European powers as a historical source with which to explore the emergence of a global concept of culture in the twentieth century. This project, which makes use of methods associated with the digital humanities, is being pursued in close collaboration with HUMlab at Umeå University.

From 2010 to early 2017 he was director of the Euroculture Program, an Erasmus Mundus MA program in European studies. Interested in the emerging field of the environmental humanities, Martin led the planning of Euroculture’s 2014 summer Intensive Program, which linked European studies to the environmental humanities through a week-long program on “How a New Climate is Changing the Old World.” Martin was likewise involved in the undergraduate Liberal Arts Program at Uppsala’s Campus Gotland, where he helped develop (and co-taught) the course "Människan och miljön" ("Humans and the environment").

Martin has presented on culture and politics in non-academic contexts, including presentations on Italian futurism at SFMOMA, on fascism and intellectuals at the Bard Music Festival, and in historical presentations for the cast and crew of Uppsala Stadsteater's productions of Sound of Music (2012) and Cabaret (2014), for which he also wrote program notes.

Previously Martin served on the research staff of KUSKO, an inter-departmental research group at Uppsala that pursued philosophical and historical studies of “knowledge societies,” focusing on the international organization and communication of knowledge. Between 2011 and 2014 he taught several courses for the Department of History, including an MA-level course on historical theory and methods (for the Roads to Democracy Program and, in 2014, for the MA program in Global Environmental History), as well as lectures and seminars for the undergraduate-level Historikerprogrammet. He has also supervised several masters theses.

Prior to coming to Uppsala, Martin was Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University from 2008 to 2010, where he taught on the political and cultural history of twentieth-century Europe.

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