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Keywords:

  • lecturers;
  • Swedish language;
  • cultural diplomacy;
  • foreign studies;
  • academic exchange
  • Lektoren;
  • schwedische Sprache;
  • auswärtige Kulturpolitik;
  • Auslandswissenschaften;
  • akademischer Austausch

Abstract

The Lectureships for Swedish in Germany in the Context of Cultural Diplomacy 1917–1930. During the Weimar Republic a significant number of lectureships for Swedish was established at German universities. This paper attempts to explain this development through an analysis of the political and academic context of these establishments. Focussing on the actors involved the lectureships are linked to the emerging interest of the German state for public diplomacy emerging after World War I and the following reactions of German academia. The paper also treats the importance of the main Swedish actor, namely the association for the preservance of Swedishness abroad for the establishments of the lectureships. At the end the different actors working for Swedish lectureships in Germany are placed in a broader European context and questions concerning the relationship between universities and cultural diplomacy are raised and answered.