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Mary Hilson



Primary affiliation

Mary Hilson

Areas of expertise

  • The Nordic region/Scandinavia
  • Nordic model
  • the co-operative movement
  • consumer co-operation
  • animal history

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I am professor at the Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University. Before moving to Aarhus in 2015 I was employed at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, UCL. 


My research interests include modern social, political and cultural history, with a particular focus on the Nordic countries and the Nordic region. Currently I am in the early stages of developing a new project on the history of food and farming in the period c.1860-1930 from an animal history perspective. 

In my  previous (and ongoing) research I have studied the Nordic model and how images of the Nordic countries are constructed and circulated transnationally; and the history of the consumer co-operative movement in the Nordic countries and beyond. 

Teaching activities

Current teaching:

Spring semester 2024: Introduction to the History of Denmark from the Middle Ages to the present (for exchange students at the Faculty of Arts)

Autumn semester 2024: Mad og forbrug, ca. 1850-1950 (KA Historie, 1. semester)


I collaborate with scholars across the Nordic region as part of the Nordic research hub ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World), funded by NordForsk 2018-2024. 

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