Johannes Ljungberg

Johannes Ljungberg

Assistant Professor

Since 2017 I hold a PhD in history from Lund University and I have divided my engagements equally between research, teaching and editing. I specialize in early modern cultural history of Northern Europe, more precisely within two research fields: (1) early modern religious dissent and (2) early modern notions of privacy.

Since 2020, I hold a full-time position in the research programme at PRIVACY. I have conducted research on the Danish-German free town Altona (1750–1800) and the German university town Helmstedt (1620–1680). I have taken special interest in how people of early modern Europe went about to talk in private, as well as the role of outer doors in protection of notions of privacy. I am currently writing a book which critically discusses how the grand (outdated?) theories of privacy formulated between 1945 and 1965 have been used as both concepts of right and research tools.

Since 2018, I am working on a fully-funded biography of the influential dissenter Johann Conrad Dippel (1673–1734), with special attention to his stay and impact in Sweden. This project has triggered an increasing interest for generational aspects of religious dissent in the 18th century. For this project, I am working with new media opportunities for three succeeding generations of Nordic dissenters: expanding epistolary networks, collections of hand-copied manuscripts, and the far-reaching freedoms of print.

Since 2020 I am the editor-in-chief of the multidisciplinary journal 1700-tal: Nordic Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and since 2022, the assistant editor-in-chief of Scandia: Journal for Historical Studies. I am the editor of the volumes Tracing Private Conversations in Early Modern Europe. Talking in Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 17 Jan. 2024), Religious Enlightenment in the Nordic countries: Reason and Orthodoxy (Manchester University Press, 2023), Samvete i Sverige. Om frihet och lydnad från medeltiden till idag (Nordic Academic Press, 2021), and Cultures in Conflict: Religion, History and Gender in Northern Europe, c. 1800–2000 (Peter Lang, 2021).

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