Summer Homes in the Era of Late Modernity

Research group
Inactive research
Project owner
Department of Cultural Sciences

Adlerbertska forskningsstiftelsen, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse and Faculty of Humanities, University of Gothenburg

Short description

Many people appreciate having summer homes in the countryside and this project concerns the interplay with the environment; summer homes with historical and esthetical values. The analysis reflect individual memories and ideals of different generations. The project started with a case study and expanded with a network of researchers, archivists and curators from different universities, archives and museums in the north of Europe with research interest in summer homes and boats during 1950-2015. They have made different case studies in Sweden, Denmark and Finland with ethnological, art historical, ethnogeographical perspectives. The scholars from Germany have given attention to reasons for German people to visit Sweden in summertime. The results was published 2016 in an anthology with special emphasize on memories, dreams and aesthetics.


  • Kerstin Gunnemark, University of Gothenburg, project leader
  • Mattias Frihammar, Stockholm University
  • Silke Göttsch Elten, Christian-Alberts University, Kiel
  • Carina Johansson, Uppsala University
  • Eva Knuts, University of Gothenburg
  • Maja Lagerqvist, Uppsala University
  • Bia Mankell, University of Gothenburg
  • Jasmin Laura Panzlaff, Christian-Alberts University, Kiel
  • Susanna Rolfsdotter Eliasson, University of Gothenburg
  • Ole Rud Nielsen, Åbo Academi University
  • Ida de Wit Sandström, Lund University
  • Asta Burvall, Skellefteå Museum
  • Christine Fredriksen, Västarvet, Västra Götalandsregionen
  • Eva Hult, Maritime Museum, Stockholm
  • Yrsa Lindqvist, Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, Helsinki
  • Birgitta Strandberg-Zerpe, Gotland Museum, Visby

Published books

Sommarliv. Minnen, drömmar och marialitet. (2016) Gunnemark, K. red.

Zweitwohnsitze in Schweden. Genuss und Kontinuität. (2017) Gunnemark. K

Sommarställen – minnen och kulturarv (2018) Gunnemark K

Cooperation partners

Kerstin Gunnemark

Eva Knuts

Susanna Rolfsdotter Eliasson