Mette Birkedal Bruun

Mette Birkedal Bruun


Born 1 November 1967


From 1 June 2020: PI, STAY HOME: The Home during the corona crisis - and after (the Carlsberg Foundation)

From 15 Sept. 2017: Leader of The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies

From 1 July 2017: Professor of Church History

2017: dr.theol.: The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement

2016-17: Chair of the Research Board and Faculty of Theology representative in University of Copenhagen Research and Innovation Board (KUFIR)

Feb. 2013-March 2017: Director of the research project: SOLITUDES: Withdrawal and Engagement in the long Seventeenth Century (ERC)

From 15 Dec. 2009: Professor at the Department of Church History

2003-9: Research fellow at The Danish Research Council's centre of excellence Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals

2001-2: post-doc. grant from the Danish Research Council of the Humanities (SHF)

2000: PhD: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography

1997-8: Visiting fellow, Clare Hall College, Cambridge University

1996-9: PhD student at the Department of Church History, University of Aarhus

1995: MA in theology from the University of Copenhagen


2020: Member of The Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy 

2019: Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

2019: Member of the council of the Renaissance Society of America

2018: Member of the Wissenschaftliche Beirat der Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen

2012: Årets Harald: The University of Copenhagen teaching prize

Primary fields of research

Early modern devotion in France, Germany and England


Current research

My primary research right now concerns notions of privacy in the period 1500-1800 seen from church historical and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Fields of interest

The relation between theology, literature and history

Selected publications

  1. Published

    En privé & en public. The Epistolary Preparation of the Dutch Stadtholders

    Green, M., Nørgaard, Lars Cyril & Bruun, Mette Birkedal, 17 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Early Modern History. 24, 3, p. 253–279 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    A Private Mystery: Looking at Philippe de Champaigne’s Annunciation for the Hôtel de Chavigny

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal, 7 Oct 2019, Quid est sacramentum? : Visual Representation of Sacred Mysteries in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700. Melion, W., Pastan, E. C. & Wandel, L. P. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 606-655 50 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal, 2 Jun 2017, Copenhagen: Det Teologiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet. 826 p. (Publikationer fra Det Teologiske Fakultet, Vol. 73).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal (ed.), 2012, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 329 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Parables: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal, 2007, Leiden: Brill. 358 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Sacris Erudiri (Journal)

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal (Editor)

    1 Jul 2014 → …

    Activity: Peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of Research journalResearch

  2. Knowledge Communities ca. 1100-1700 (Journal)

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal (Editor)

    1 Jul 2014 → …

    Activity: Peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of SeriesResearch

Selected prizes

  1. Carlsbergfondets Forskningspris

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal (Recipient), 3 Sep 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  2. Einar Hansen Forskningsfonds pris for fremragende humanistisk forskning

    Bruun, Mette Birkedal (Recipient), 21 Nov 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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