Emma Hagström Molin

Uppsala University

Emma Hagström Molin is a postdoctoral researcher associated with the chair for the history of science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the department for history of science and ideas at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her main research interests concern archive practices, history of collections and collecting, and theories of materiality. Her first book, Krigsbytets biografi. Byten i Riksarkivet, Uppsala universitetsbibliotek och Skokloster slott under 1600-talet, investigates looted archive documents and books that were brought to the Swedish kingdom during the seventeenth century. 

Item of interest
My current project focuses on the Moravian historian and Benedictine priest Beda Dudík, who visited Skokloster in 1851 searching for Moravian spoils. Among the many objects, he noticed two ivory medallions that spoke to him in a homelike manner, even though they were not Moravian loot. The medallions depict the Catholic saint Francis of Assisi, and belonged to Skokloster’s owner count Magnus Brahe. They were firstly registered in the castle’s inventories in 1845. The medallions date back to around 1600, they were given as a gift to Skokloster’s owner count Magnus Brahe (1790–1844), and registered in the castle’s inventories for the first time in 1845, in other words only six years before Dudík made his visit and saw them.

Contact: hagstroe@hu-berlin.de; emma.hagstrom.molin@idehist.uu.se