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Pia Lundqvist

Senior lecturer

Pia Lundqvist
Senior lecturer
pia.lundqvist@history.gu.se
+46 31 786 4215

Room number: J609
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Pia Lundqvist

I have a PhD in history and my doctoral thesis from 2008 (“Marknad på väg”) contains a study on peddling in Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries.

My main research interests lie in the areas of the history of consumption, retailing, and trade, with a particular focus on textiles and material culture, migration, and cultural encounters. Apart from the research projects presented below, I have taken part in an interdisciplinary book project on technical innovations and fashion in the textile industry in the 19th century (“Dolda innovationer”, 2013). In another project, I study how different aspects related to the consumption of goods are reflected in 19th century Swedish novels.

Equals or subordinates? Male and female Swedish missionaries in the Congo Free State, 1886–1908

Protestant missions were a significant transnational movement and an early venue between “the West and the Rest”. The project’s starting point is the encounter between Swedish missionaries and the people in the Congo Free State, when The Mission Covenant Church of Sweden (SMF) was established in the country in the 1880s. Even though the missionaries had been raised in a popular movement with strong emancipatory features, they were influenced by the more or less clearly expressed racist ideas of the time. In the Congo, the missionaries inevitably became part of the white supremacy sphere. My study takes its point of departure in the contradicting roles of the missionaries and aims to examine their views of their assignment and how their self-understanding corresponded with their everyday work. This approach also involves analysing the missionaries’ attitudes towards those in power and the Congolese population. Recent research on the function and ideology of the Christian mission to the Congo has highlighted its complexity and ambivalence. My contribution to this field of research is to present new perspectives based in gender and post-colonial history. I also want to contrast the emancipatory tradition of popular movements against colonial ideology, and draw attention to the complexity of different missionary identities and power hierarchies of gender, race, and class within the mission. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council and started in 2014.

A Jewish web of textiles and trade, Gothenburg 1782–1850

The project’s primary aim is to investigate the Jewish minority in Gothenburg in the early 19th century, focusing on its role in textile production and trade. The first wave of Jewish immigration to Sweden coincided with a dynamic period in Swedish history. Although Gothenburg was only a small town on the European periphery, it was already a multicultural city in the early nineteenth century with a great deal of international contacts and several ethnic minorities. Local industry increased in the city, and was mainly responsible for the production of consumer goods in the food and textile industries. Several of the Jewish entrepreneurs were engaged in textile production and many more had established themselves in commerce.

The dominance of the Jewish community coincides well with the strong expansion of the Swedish consumer market. Jewish merchants had an essential impact on the textile industry as pioneers in the development of calico printing in Gothenburg and also when it came to the use of machine looms from the 1830s and onwards. However, these first groups lost their significance in relation to other producers after the 1820s and 1830s. However, even during this period, Jewish tradesmen sold attractive modern textiles and other consumer goods in Gothenburg and contributed to the distribution of these goods in the countryside through their connections with Swedish peddlers. International connections, such as intertwined ethnic, religious, economic and family relations in Germany, Denmark, and England, supported the Jewish entrepreneurs with access to capital, transfer of commercial competence, and industrial knowledge. The local Jewish community was an arena for reciprocal relationships and functioned as a financial network with a relatively small elite at its core. These features are also identifiable in the international research on 'Port Jews'.

Internal factors, related to the history of the Jewish diaspora and a long Jewish textile tradition, interplayed with external influence, such as legal conditions in Sweden and the relevant geographic, economic and social context. Even if the law excluded them in many ways, it was possible for Jews to trade and invest in industries. It appears that the port city Gothenburg was a favourable place for Jewish entrepreneurs, considering the city’s vibrant economy and, presumably, a high degree of openness and tolerance towards foreigners. Jews had rather good opportunities to run businesses, even if there was some hostility from other retailers in the city on a few occasions. The Jewish financial elite soon became an integral part of the emerging bourgeoisie. This research project was carried out together with the economic historian Anna Brismark, PhD, and financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Latest publications

Christina Wilhelmina "Mina" Svensson
Pia Lundqvist
Svenskt biografiskt lexikon, Band 34 (2013-2019), sida 764., Stockholm, Encyclopedia entry 2019
Encyclopedia entry

Selma Karolina Laman
Pia Lundqvist
Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för historiska studier, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Elisabeth (Elsa) Dionysia Borg
Pia Lundqvist
Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för historiska studier, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Christina Wilhelmina Svensson
Pia Lundqvist
Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Barbro Nilsson
Pia Lundqvist
Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för historiska studier, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

A contradictory encounter : swedish missionaries and the local population in the Congo Free State
Pia Lundqvist
Concurrencies in postcolonial research : perspectives, Methodologies, and Engagements / Ngambouk Vitalis Pemunta (ed.), Stuttgart, Ibidem Verlag, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

’Sjukdom och död’. Selma Lamans berättelser från Kongo 1891–1919
Pia Lundqvist
Allvarligt talat. Berättelser om livet / red. Maria Sjöberg., Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A translocal diaspora on the edge of modernity? The Jewish minority in Gothenburg in late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
Pia Lundqvist, Anna Brismark
Connecting Worlds and People: Early modern diasporas / edited by Dagmar Freist, Susanne Lachenicht , London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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2008

”Gårdfarihandeln mellan privilegiesamhället och marknaden”
Pia Lundqvist
Handel och risk. Fyra uppsatser från Ekonomisk-historiska mötet vid Umeå Universitet 2005, red. Klas Nyberg. Uppsala papers in Economic History No. 2, 2008., Uppsala, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

2007

Inledning
Pia Lundqvist, Christer Ahlberger
Varans vägar och världar. Handel och konsumtion i Skandinavien ca 1600–1900, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

Som en spindel i nätet. Gårdfarihandlaren och den växande marknaden för textilier i Sverige 1828–1846
Pia Lundqvist
Varans vägar och världar. Handel och konsumtion i Skandinavien ca 1600–1900, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

2005

2003

Arbete över gränsen – säsongsvandringar till 1700-talets Bohuslän.
Pia Lundqvist
Gränser. Populärvetenskapliga föreläsningar hållna under Humanistdagarna den 4-5 oktober 2003. (Humanistdag-boken 16.), Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2003
Chapter in book

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