My PhD thesis will examine the impact of the International Year for Disabled Persons (IYDP) in 1981 on the Nordic countries, with emphasis on their respective health policies and the integration of disability questions into humanitarian aid. How did governmental institutions, NGOs and grassroots movements promote the rights of disabled people? And to what extend have the Nordic welfare model and the region’s leading role in human rights politics influenced the countries’ contribution to shaping disability agendas – both at home and worldwide? My research is part of the research project "Rethinking Disability: the Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective".
I studied European Ethnology/Cultural History and Political Science (BA) as well as Modern History (MA) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and graduated with a thesis on gender perceptions in Swedish Romanticism. During my undergraduate studies I spent two semesters at Gothenburg University and was a DAAD scholarship student at the Estonian National Museum, Tartu. My fields of interest are cultural history and political thought, the history of the Baltic Sea Region and the Scandinavian nation states.