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Maja Lagerqvist

Maja Lagerqvist


Works at Kulturgeografiska institutionen
Telephone +468164827
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
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Postal address Stockholm university Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm
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About me

I am a cultural and historical geographer interested in issues of heritage valuing and usage, place construction and transformation, matters of homes (first and second), crises, modern historical landscapes, landscape transformation, rurality and rural geography, representation, music/sonic place construction and the embeddedness and interaction of materiality and immateriality.


At present I am mainly working on three research projects:

- 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.

- The Sonic City. This project looks at the role of live music 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, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton).

- The more, the merrier? 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 and PhD Urban Nordin, Department of Human geography, Stockholm 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 2010see



Lagerqvist, M (accepted): My Goodness, My Heritage! Constructing Good Heritage in the Irish Economic Crisis. Culture Unbound Journal of Current Cultural Research. 

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

Lagerqvist, M (2014): Book-Review of McGrath. B (2013) Landscape and society in contemporary Ireland. Social & Cultural Geography. 

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, pp. 33-41 

Lagerqvist, M och Doughty, K (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. Pp. 150-169

Lagerqvist, M (2014): När torp slutade vara torp. In 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, pp. 92−105

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

Lagerqvist, M (2011): Varför överlevde torpet? In Geografiska notiser, LXIX, No 4, pp. 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, pp. 101-102.

To download a few of these, see


Selection of given presentations 

“Heritage in times of crisis”. Presentation at the Department of Anthropology’s Colloquium series in collaboration with the Brown Bag series for the CHESS program (Cultural Heritage of European Society and Spaces). University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), April 2014.

“Harmonies and dissonances of place: The pan-flute band at Sergels torg, Stockholm”, at 4th international and interdisciplinary conference on Emotional Geographies, Groningen, (the Netherlands), July 2013

“The growing family and the second home: geographies of conflict-ridden summer idylls”, 5th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Reykjavik (Iceland) June 2013

“Life at the Cottage: Spending and Sharing Place and Time with Materiality and History”, at Association of American Geographers Annual meeting, New York, February 2012

“Places of past poverty and present idyll: the transformation and idealisation of rural cottages and smallholdings” at Association of American Geographers Annual meeting, Washington (USA), April 2010

“On the practice, knowledge and ideas of present day users of crofts”. 3rd Nordic Geographers Meeting in Åbo (Finland) June 2009

 “On how to create an idyll”. The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL), Lisbon and Óbidos (Portugal) September 2008

“Resource, symbol and dream: The Swedish croft in the past and the present”. 2nd Nordic Geographers Meeting in Bergen (Norway) June 2007


International research visits 

2013: Visiting scholar at National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), National University of Ireland, Ireland. January-May. 

2014: Visiting scholar at Amherst Umass Center for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts, US. March-May. 

2014: Visiting scholar at Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, US. May-June. 



I am lecturing in rural, historical and cultural geography and in heritage issues.

Since 2012 I have been course administrator and lecturer for the course Landscape and Environment (7,5 ECTS) within the Bachelor's Programme in Human Geography and for the course Urban and Regional Planning 1: landscape and environmental history (6 ECTS) within the Bachelor's Programme of Urban and Regional Planning. Both courses aim at introducing landscape studies and their potential for illuminating general socio-historical and contemporary socio-scientific conditions.

In addition, I have been doing teaching within the Geography programme with field excursions and lectures on rural transformation, lectures on heritage and planning within the Bachelor's Programme in Human Geography as well as directing and lecturing on the master course Landscape: Past and Present, all at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.