Sune Bechmann Pedersen

Researcher, PhD, MA, BA

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • History
  • Economic History


  • Contemporary history, Media history, Tourism, International relations, Film, Uses of history, Cold War, Communism


Sune Bechmann Pedersen is principal investigator of the project Holidays behind the Iron Curtain: The Politics of Scandinavian Tourism to Communist Europe, 1945-1989, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR:2016-06615). He also contributes to the project Transborder television. Scandinavia and the GDR in the 1970s, funded by the Crafoord Foundation. He has published on film and memory in Germany and the Czech Republic after the fall of Communism and is working on a book project about the history of Scandinavian tourism to Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century. His areas of expertise include the history of tourism, the cultural Cold War, contemporary Czech and German history, European memory cultures, and film history.


The courses I have taught include:

  • Central and Eastern Europe: Fully European or the European Other?
  • 1989: Revolutions and Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The History of European Tourism
  • Media and Armed Conflict - Past and Present Perspectives
  • Film and History

I have taught courses in English, Danish, and Swedish at Lund University, University of Copenhagen, and University of Gothenburg. Moreover, I have guest lectured at University of Amsterdam, University of Central Lancashire, and Charles University, Prague.

Recent research outputs

Sune Bechmann Pedersen, 2019, Eden für jeden? : Touristische Sehnsuchtsorte in Mittel- und Osteuropa von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart. Hoenig, B. & Wadle, H. (eds.). Göttingen: V&R unipress, p. 227-249 (Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte Osteuropas / Cultural and Social History of Eastern Europe; vol. 12).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Sune Bechmann Pedersen, 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Review. 28, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sune Bechmann Pedersen & Noack, C., 2019, Tourism and Travel during the Cold War: Negotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain. Bechmann Pedersen, S. & Noack, C. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 1-20 (Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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