Writer, scholar, composer, poet
Born in Stockholm in 1950.
BA, MA, Stockholm University, 1972
Master in Philosophy and Language, Teachers College, Stockholm, 1974
News agency assistant, Spain, Maghreb 1974–1975
Foreign affairs journalist Europe, America, Africa, Asia 1976–86
Author, 1976— (to present)
Visiting fellow, Department of history, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980–1981
Visiting fellow, Department of history, Harvard University, 1987–1988
Lectures, poetry readings and musical performances in the USA, Russia, P.R. China, England, Canada, the former Yugoslavia, Italy, South Africa, The Bahamas, Bulgaria, Australia, Cuba 1988–2013.
Director, Institute of Current History 1990—
Member of the Board of the Transnational Institute (Norwich, Vermont; and Moscow), and International Research Coordinator 1991–1993
Contact and Adviser of the Committee for Tuition in English, Guangxi Teachers University, The People's Republic of China 1993–1994
Doctoral thesis on the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, written in the USA and published in 1994: The Code of Concord: Emerson’s Search for Universal Laws (AWI 1994).
Managing editor, Parnass: Journal of the Literary Societies in Sweden, 1997—2003
President, Stockholm Association of Humanities, 1997—2002
Visiting professor, Medieval and Renaissance Consortium, University of Hawaii, 1998
Associate professor and research affiliate, Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, 1999— (present)
Consulting editor, Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, 1999—2003
Chairman, Nobel Copyright Group, 2000—2001
Professional Connection Adviser and Crimson Compass Mentor of the Harvard Alumni Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2001–2015.
Researcher and assistant editor-in-chief of the Strindberg Project, 2006—2008
President, the Swedenborg Society of London 2011–13, vice president 2014–15.
Senior Adviser at Harvard Alumni Network, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2016– (present)
Books: Cuba in Africa (1984); The Code of Concord (1994); Gallery of Mirrors (1998); Campagna per la felicità (2001); Petrarca i Provence (2003); Nobel Laureates in Search of Identity and Integrity: voices of different cultures (2004ff.); Pentagrams/Pentagramme (2012); The Grand Theme (2013); Catwalk (2015); The Moment Is Now (2019.
Music album: Ophir Opus Operatum (2011), Manifest Music Award nominee 2012.
Swedish Academy Grants and Awards in 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2014.
The Special Society of Nine Award in 2017.
Official website: www.hallengren.eu
Stockholm university affiliation: https://www.su.se/english/profiles/ahall-1.186842
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The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström's Revolutionary Voice on Human Trafficking and the Abolition of the African Slave Trade
The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström’s Revolutionary Voice on Human Trafficking and the Abolition of the African Slave Trade represents the efforts made by a wide variety of international scholars to give voice to the spirit of Swedish–British humanitarian cooperation that abolitionist and author Carl Bernhard Wadström (1746–99) started in London in the 1780s and ’90s. Particularly focusing on Wadström’s often-overlooked life, work, and impact, this book demonstrates how the historical accounts and arguments related to the slavery issue can inform our modern understanding of human trafficking, racism, and systemic violence.
The Moment Is Now includes the proceedings of The International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery, which was held in London on June 2–4, 2015. Accessing source materials in different languages that were previously scattered throughout English, French, and Swedish archives, the scholars involved have been able to successfully investigate Wadström’s work and influence in such diverse areas as economics, science, abolitionism, travel writing, African colonial history, Swedenborgianism, philanthropy, utopianism, and human rights.
As its title makes clear, this book not only offers a glimpse into a significant moment in history but also serves as a call to action and a primer to be used in the here and now—a guide from which we can learn how to deal with those horrific forms of human oppression that Wadström and others like him sought to bring to an end.
Awards and Recognition
- Swedish Academy Grants and Awards in 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2014 Manifest Music Award nominee 2012 The Society of Nine Special Award in 2017