Johannes Ljungberg

Johannes Ljungberg


I specialize in early modern cultural history of Northern Europe, with special attention to urban and religious practices and spaces in relation to various dilemmas of human co-existence: limits of toleration, privacy and private matters, notions of peace on specific local levels. I take particular interest in eighteenth-century reforms which were motivated by a mix of Enlightenment rationales and confessional culture.

My research at PRIVACY (April 2020–June 2023) focuses on urban community and co-existence in the centre’s case studies on late seventeenth-century Helmstedt and eighteenth century Altona. More precisely, I investigate conflicts involving notions of privacy in relation to protection of private conversations, public regulation of urban spaces and social relations, and intrusions in private and semi-public rooms and houses. I also dedicate my time to map out how the results of the research program relate to grand theories regarding the public and the private, as well as different processes of privatisation and state intervention along the early modern period.

Besides my work at PRIVACY, I am editor-in-chief of the peer-review journal 1700-tal: Nordic Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and co-editor of the book project Reason and Orthodoxy. Religious Enlightenment in the Nordic countries

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