A new article in Scandinavian Journal of History was written by our 2018 Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award recipient Nevra Biltekin. Biltekin examined the extensive records of the Swedish Women's Educational Association held in the Center's archives. This article is an excellent example of the impact the Visiting Scholar Award has on new scholarship in the field.
"This article analyses the ways in which Swedish and Swedish-American women in the United States have maintained transnational connections with Sweden. Empirically, the article details the organizational profiles and activities of two associations: the American Daughters of Sweden, founded in 1926, and the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, formed in 1979. By studying the post-mass migration period, the article provides new insight into an era that has received little attention in Swedish-American scholarship. The study shows that women actively engaged in, and vigorously nurtured cultural, social and business-related contacts with Sweden. By establishing these transnational connections, women became prominent actors in upholding and redefining Swedish-American relations." -- Article abstract.
The article is available through open access at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03468755.2021.1895305.
Biltekin also delivered one of our recent Lunchtime Lecture Series talks titled “Immigrant Diplomacy: The Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) and Swedish-American Relations."