Dedicated to Palestine – the biography of Hilma Granqvist has been published in English
The biography of Finnish anthropologist Hilma Granqvist, titled Dedicated to Palestine and written by Dr. Sofia Häggman, has been published in English and is available for purchase.
“In the 1920s and ‘30s Finnish Ethnologist Hilma Granqvist (1890-1972) conducted ground-breaking ethnological fieldwork in the Palestinian village of Artas. She developed a new method of research, which involved active participation in the life of the community she studied. Granqvist was meticulous in her work and gathered comprehensive statistical data of most families and recorded every marriage in the village as far back as the villagers could remember. Based on her detailed statistics she was able to prove that theory often differed considerably from reality.
In this biography Sofia Häggman traces the life and work of this extraordinary scholar, who despite a constant uphill battle in Finnish academia never doubted that she had found her true calling in Palestine. The village of Artas had become her home, the one place where she felt welcome and at ease.
Granqvist was one of the first ethnologists to use photography in the field. She took hundreds of photographs in Artas, many of women and children. Today her photographs, as well as her field notes, remain a unique source material for the study of the life in a Palestinian village in the 1920s. Many of her photographs are included in this book.”
Granqvist’s fieldwork in Palestine has gained worldwide attention. Her research material has been in great demand, and after a period of limited access, is now available in the digital Hilma Granqvist archive at granqvist.sls.fi. The archive includes the material relating to her research, such as an extensive photo collection, as well as her published books and a summary of her life written by Dr. Häggman.
The Archive of Hilma Granqvist is a collaboration between the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, The Palestine Exploration Fund, and the Åbo Akademi University Library.