Peter Stadius

Peter Stadius is professor in Nordic Studies and director of Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS). He has a PhD in history, and his research interests include image studies of the Nordic Region, both in a historical longue durée perspective and as part of current branding practices.

In recent times he has also pursued research on regionalisms, minorities and identity politics in the Nordic Region. As a university lecturer in Nordic Studies from 2006 to 2013, and later in his current position, he has also developed other research themes connected to the cultural history of the Nordic Welfare State and the dynamics of Nordic cooperation and the culture and strategies of articulated Nordicness in a historical perspective.

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Contributions to

The Nordic Council, which was founded in 1952, was preceded by Nordism which emerged after World War I. Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/

2021.08.10 | The Quick Read, Peter Stadius, Region-building, University of Helsinki


Nordism refers to the act of promoting Nordic cooperation as well as supporting a common Nordic identity. First appearing in the 1920s, it does not traditionally include the idea of a united Nordic federal state, unlike the earlier Scandinavism movement (with respect to Denmark, Norway and Sweden). The vision of cooperation between the five Nordic…

Mary Hilson is Professor of History at Aarhus University and Peter Stadius is Research Director at the Centre for Nordic Studies at Helsinki University.

2021.07.01 | Podcast, Mary Hilson, Peter Stadius, Research, Culture, Aarhus University, University of Helsinki

Uncovering the Nordic Region with Mary Hilson and Peter Stadius

Hot topics in current academic research on the Nordic region include welfare, colonialism and heterogeneity. These – as well as a host of other issues - have been the main themes of the podcast series ‘The Nordics Uncovered: Critical Voices from the Region’ and form the subject of this podcast. In the final podcast of the series, editor of…