Johannes Ljungberg

Johannes Ljungberg


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.

Currently (since 2020) I hold a postdoc position in the research programme at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen, in which I conduct research on primarily the Danish-German free town Altona (1750–1800) but also 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. Since 2019, I have also also worked on a funded project concerning the highly influential dissenter Johann Conrad Dippel (1673–1734) with special attention to his stay and impact in Sweden, which has triggered an increasing interest for generational aspects of religious dissent and the introduction of correspondence and clandestine practices within networks of religious dissent in the Nordic coutries. 

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 Religious Enlightenment in the Nordic countries: Reason and Orthodoxy (Manchester University Press, 2023), Tracing Private Conversations in Early Modern Europe. Talking in Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 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).

At PRIVACY, I am currently writing a book together with Lars Cyril Nørgaaard which critically discusses the grand (outdated?) theories of privacy from 1945–1965 in the light of the present society and early modern experiences.

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