Before coming to Berlin, I was postdoctoral scholar at the University of Tokyo. My PhD was in history, at Stockholm University, and analysed the everyday life of Europeans in eighteenth-century Canton and Macao with a special focus on gender. In general, I work in the intersection between cultural, maritime and global history, with a focus on early modern Central and East Asia, and have published in five languages on the topic of how intercultural interactions changed the lives of the men and women involved.
In my current project, I analyse the role of Swedish war prisoners, slaves and forced migrants in the circulation of knowledge in the borderlands between Russia and China from 1700 to 1730, and the effect this circulation had on the process of globalisation. The study will use a combination of North European, Russian and Chinese sources to study local intercultural circulation of knowledge regarding map-making, intercultural communication (such as interpretation and translation) as well as technologies and handicrafts.