About the centre

The Centre for maritime studies aims to strengthen the field of maritime research. Within the Centre, historians, archaeologists and ethnologists conduct interdisciplinary research.

The Centre for Maritime Studies was established in 2010 with the purpose of providing a maritime research- and educational environment of internationally high standards. The Centre is run as a close collaboration between Stockholm University and the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, which shows among other things in joint work on exhibitions, public events and research collaborations.

Maritime studies can entail a wide range of topics. Read more about the Centre's interdisciplinary field in the article on Maritime Studies.

Fotografi av galjonsfigur i trä i form av ett lejon.
Research on the famous Vasa ship which sank outside of Stockholm in 1628, is one example of Maritime studies. Here is a figurehead from the ship. Photo: Anneli Karlsson, the National Maritime Museum.



The Maritime Seminars

The Maritime Seminars are organized by CEMAS and SMTM. The seminars are a space for presenting ongoing research, research ideas, chapters from books, and more within the maritime field.

The time is normally on Fridays 13-14.

Currently the seminars are conducted entirely digitally through the platform Zoom. When conducted on site, they take place at the Vasa museum in Stockholm.

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Research and researchers

CEMAS is an interdisciplinary research environment for researchers within maritime history, archaeologists and ethnologists.

The Lost Navy - Sweden's "Blue" Heritage 1450-1850 is the name of a research programme led by CEMAS 2021-2026. The programme is a collaboration between Stockholm University, the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums and the Finnish Heritage Agency. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

The Programme is made up of 10+ historical, archaeological and ethnological research projects. Read about them all and about the programme on the website of the collaborator Vrak - museum of Wrecks.

The Lost Navy - Sweden's "Blue" Heritage 1450-1850

Research leader

Leos Müller, professor of History. Profile page


Simon Ekström, professor and researcher of ethnology. Profile Page

Mirja Arnshav, postdoctoral fellow of maritime archaeology. CEMAS PhD graduate of 2020. Profile Page

PhD students - present

Fredrik Kämpe, PhD student of history, from 2017. Profile Page

Ida Hughes Tidlund, PhD student of ethnology, from 2016. Profile Page

Other maritime researchers at SU

Researchers within the Maritime humanities at Stockholm University who work close to but are not employed by the Centre.

Tori Falck, PhD student of archaeology from 2020. Employed by the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Profile Page

Gustav Ängeby, PhD student of History from 2020. Employed by the Department of History. Profile Page

Previous researchers and PhD graduates

Hanna Jansson, CEMAS PhD graduate of maritime ethnology 2017, postdoctoral fellow of maritime ethnology 2019-2020. Profile Page

Niklas Eriksson, postdoctoral fellow of marine archaeology 2017-2018. Profile Page

AnnaSara Hammar, postdoctoral fellow of maritime history. 2016-2017

Mattias Frihammar, postdoctoral fellow of maritime ethnology. 2015-2016. Profile Page

Aryo Makko, postdoctoral fellow of maritime history 2013-2014. Profile Page

Mirja Arnshav, PhD graduate of marine archaeology 2020 Profile Page

Harry Svensson, PhD graduate of maritime history 2017 Profile Page

Ale Pålsson, PhD graduate of maritime history 2016. Profile Page

Lisa Hellman, PhD graduate of maritime history 2015. Profile Page

Steve Murdoch, professor of history of University of St. Andrews, guest researcher 2014–2015. Profile Page

CEMAS researcher publish their results in academic journals, anthologies and monographs. Here you can read about a selection of the Centre's publications.



At present, CEMAS gives one course on the maritime history of Sweden. Read about it here: Svensk historia från sjösidan. The course is in Swedish.

Thesis supervisors

Interested in maritime perspectives? There is plenty of opportunity to write a thesis on subjects related to the sea. The Centre for Maritime Studies can help with maritime subject suggestions and are, if time and resources allow, able to supervise students of history and ethnology. Contact us if you want to find out more: cemas@historia.su.se


Organisation and Board

CEMAS is run by a board who make decisions about the aims and activities of the Centre, which are executed by the Research Leader with administrative assistance from the Centre Secretary.

The current Research Leader for CEMAS is Professor Leos Müller.

 Research Leader for CEMAS

The current Centre Secretary is Elin Heppling.

CEMAS Administrator

The CEMAS board consists of 8 members. The board is responsible for the Centre's budget and plans the activities of the Centre.

Chairman of the Board

Göran Blomqvist

Board Members

Mats Hallenberg, history (Stockholm University

Sarah Holst Kjaer, ethnology (Stockholm University)

Nanouschka Myrberg Burström, archaeology (Stockholm University)

Anna Maria Forssberg (SMTM)

Andreas Linderoth (SMTM)

Anna Arnberg (SMTM)

Ida Hughes Tidlund (PhD representative)




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