Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and Professor of History at Stockholm University
Membership period 2017–2022
My research interests include the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with particular focus on Imperialism and the Cold War. I am currently finishing a book manuscript on how the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway participated in the New Imperialism between 1875 and 1914. In my next project Neutrality and the Kremlin: A Transnational History, which will commence in July 2017, I will be studying the relationships between Europe’s neutral countries and the Soviet Union during the latter part of the Cold War based on archival and other sources from at least six countries. Neutrality has been subject to intense public debate in various countries as a result of Russia’s foreign policy in recent years, not least in conjunction with the Ukrainian Crisis. The aim of the project is to deepen our knowledge on Neutral-Soviet relations and to offer historical expertise to current decision-makers through a detailed account of how their predecessors in neutral countries and in Moscow viewed and dealt with neutrality policies in the more recent past. I am also interested in migration, diaspora and nationalism among Middle Eastern minorities.
1. Photo: Anders Ståhlberg 2. Aryo leads a group at summer research school Photo: Young Academy of Sweden (Click to enlarge)
(Click for high resolution image, opens in new window) Photo: Erik Thor/Young Academy of Sweden
Family: Wife Rimrama, Construction engineer, and our children Leo (born 2014) and Alexander (born 2017).
Interests: Family, books, travel, politics and German beer & Bayern München (the last two go together in a way)
Other: Presently I try to learn Russian
“To be a member of the Young Academy of Sweden provides young researchers with a unique opportunity to take part in shaping the future society. I am born and raised in Germany in a family of migrant background and came to Sweden as a college student. I have lived and worked for long periods in Switzerland, Great Britain and the US. I hope that my background and my experiences will enable me to make constructive contributions to debates on how the interdisciplinary conversation can be formed, how children and young people with different backgrounds can be inspired to do research and science and how knowledge can be distributed in a rapidly changing society. I want to work to strengthen the position of the humanities. That is particularly important in an era of ideological and political polarization. I also want to engage in the continued internationalization of Swedish humanities and for clearer career paths for young researchers.”