Nevra Biltekin


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Arbetar vid Historiska institutionen
Besöksadress Huvudbiblioteket plan 6, Universitetsvägen 10
Postadress Historia 106 91 Stockholm


Mina forskningsintressen rör sig mellan genushistoria, transnationell historia, migrationshistoria, och kulturhistoria. I min avhandling studerade jag diplomatyrkets formering i Sverige under 1900-talet. Inom ramen för min doktorsavhandling har jag också publicerat artiklar om diplomatfruns roll inom diplomati och memoarskrivandets form och funktion. För närvarande driver jag ett postdok projekt som handlar om relationen mellan transnationell migration och kulturell diplomati. Inom projektet studerar jag hur svenska emigrantkvinnor i USA arbetade med olika typer av kulturella verksamheter för att bevara och främja svenska traditioner och svensk kultur under 1900-talet. Emigrantkvinnor har vid olika tidpunkter agerat som kulturdiplomater för Sverige, trots att de till synes inte har någon koppling till officiella diplomatiska kanaler.


I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2019. Nevra Biltekin. Tillit och diplomati
  • Avhandling (Dok) Servants of Diplomacy
    2016. Nevra Biltekin (et al.).

    From the dissolution of Sweden’s Union with Norway in 1905 until the country’s membership in the European Union in 1995, diplomats in Sweden underwent a number of reforms that aimed to create a professionally recruited and capable cadre of civil servants, serving Swedish diplomacy. The purpose of the dissertation is to analyze the shaping of Swedish diplomats in the twentieth century.

    Empirically the analysis focuses on how the Swedish state envisioned diplomats to be, how applicants in practice were recruited and trained by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and how the diplomats themselves presented their positions. By studying government commission reports, statutes issued on the admission of diplomats, material relating to their recruitment and training archived by the MFA, and diplomatic memoirs, this study analyzes the ways in which this group was in constant conversation with the changing world around them. Theoretically, the dissertation takes its point of departure in Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the state, adopting the concepts of capital, consecration, the bureaucratic field, habitus and doxa in an analytical approach.

    The study contributes to four research gaps. First, it sheds new light on how a career in diplomacy was reshaped considering domestic and international developments in the twentieth century. Second, it demonstrates how visions expressed and routines adopted benefitted men from the upper ranks of society, and it also shows how these structural conditions changed over time. Third, the study explores how the competences and skills of diplomats mainly relied on generalist skills that related to both diplomacy and bureaucracy. Fourth, the dissertation demonstrates how publishing memoirs became an increasingly valuable means for the diplomats to present themselves, individually and collectively, and to display their lives and careers to a wider readership.

  • 2015. Nevra Biltekin. Women, diplomacy and international politics since 1500, 254-268
  • 2012. Michael Auwers, Nevra Biltekin. Ecrivains et diplomates
  • 2012. Michael Auwers, Nevra Biltekin. Transnational Subjects: History, Society and Culture 2 (1), 95-103

    Historians have seldom asked why diplomats write their memoirs, and have only rarely inquired into the relationship between the diplomatic profession and the literary genre of memoirs. This essay attempts to clarify these questions by focusing on the Belgian and Swedish diplomatic communities as test cases. We argue that the democratization of diplomacy in the twentieth century incited diplomats to take up their pens in defense of their profession. In order to harmonize their images of self with a changing world and an ever more critical public opinion, they tended to stress the heroic dimension of their professional identities.

  • 2012. Nevra Biltekin. Genesis XI (1-2), 253-265
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