Researches at The Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) – University of Copenhagen

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Core Scholars

Mette Birkedal Bruun

Director of PRIVACY, Professor of Church History, University of Copenhagen, DK.

My research focuses on religious dimensions of the dynamic between withdrawal from the world and engagement with the world. I have worked extensively on medieval and Early Modern monasticism as well as on the interaction between monastic and lay devotion in Early Modern France.

Room: 5C.0.21

Charlotte Christensen-Nugues

Senior Lecturer in History of Ideas & Sciences, University of Lund, SE.

My research focuses on marriage and family in medieval and Early Modern legal, religious and political thought. I have analysed areas of conflict and tension between individual and society, private and public, and their historical evolvement.

Room: 5C.0.09

Peter Thule Kristensen

Professor of Spatial Design, The School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservations (KADK), Copenhagen, DK.

My field of research lies within History of Architecture and Interior. The Masters Programme Spatial Design at Institute of Architecture and Design has ca. 60 international students of architecture and design and a focus on spatial design from among others, a historical, anthropological and tectonic/material-based point of view.

Room: 5C.0.09

Helle Vogt

Professor of Legal History, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, DK.

My research focuses on comparative aspects of Nordic law and legal practice in the medieval and Early Modern Age. My research has led to new insights regarding penal laws, kinship, the construction of family and the interaction with religious norms and learned law.

Room: 5C.0.24

Jill Bepler

Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, DE (retired)

My research focuses on courtly education as well as dynastic women and their libraries in the 17th century. I also study aristocratic collecting and Early Modern funerary publications.


Annabel Brett

Reader in History of Political Thought, University of Cambridge, UK.

I am a specialist in the history of political thought from the late middle ages to the mid-seventeenth century. My research includes the scholastic, humanist and Protestant natural law traditions, political Aristotelianism, and early-modern understandings of international law.


Philippe Cocatre-Zilgien

Professor of Legal History, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, FR.

My research focuses on Roman Law.


Maarten Delbeke

Professor of History and Theory of Architecture, ETH, Zurich, CH.

My research focuses on the history of architectural theory from the Early Modern period up to the present. I am particularly interested in how architecture is conceived as a medium, and how this conception informs the legitimation of architecture as a cultural practice.


Scientific Staff       

Anna Becker

MPhil and PhD in The History of Political Thought, University of Cambridge

My research focuses on notions of the body and embodiment in the history of political thought; questions of secrecy, intimacy, obsession and desires in moral and political theory and in early modern culture; investigating the shifting and porous public/private divide.

Room: 5C.0.18

Rikke Lyngsø Christensen

Mag.Art., University of Aarhus, PhD in art history from UCPH

My main research lies within the field of architectural history. I am especially concerned with the ways in which architectural history is produced and in trying to find alternative ways of doing so. My previous research has been focused on early modern architecture and architectural historiography of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the creative processes of the Renaissance architects.

Room: 5C.0.14

Fabio Gigone

M.Arch., Università Iuav di Venezia

My research focuses on the relationship between power and architecture in the Early Modern Period. I am focusing on the architectural apparatuses deployed in Versailles, which defined the court and a new idea of privacy within the Louis XIV’s kingdom between the 1682 and 1715. My research will consider a wide range of archival sources and will produce an autonomous body of design investigations based on the drawing tool.

Room: 5C.0.19

Michaël Green

PhD in Religious studies, University of Groningen.

My research lies within religious history and the history of education and networks. I am focusing on the religious element of privacy during the early modern period, and especially on different religious groups within PRIVACY’s case studies. For my research, my sources will be books, correspondences and sermons as well as diaries.

Room: 5C.0.22

Anni Haahr Henriksen

Cand.mag, UCPH. MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, University of Cambridge. 

My research focuses on the idea of silence as both a private inward space and a possible public threat. In my research, I explore the paradoxical notions of privacy in the acts of speech and non-speech, mapping the development of notions of privacy during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603).

Room: 5C.0.19

Pernille Ulla Knudsen, UCPH. PhD in Legal Science, UCPH.

My research focuses on how the contrast between private and public manifests itself in legislation and case law.

Room: 5C.0.20

Lars Cyril Nørgaard 

Cand.teol., UCPH. PhD in Church History, UCPH.
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Durham. Visiting Scholar, Centre Roland Mousnier, Sorbonne IV, Paris. Postdoc, Faculty of Theology, UCPH.                        

My research centres on the paradoxes of religious withdrawal from the world. I have worked extensively on lay devotion in Early Modern Europe and take specific interest in its material underpinnings.


Natália da Silva Perez

BFA in Theatre and Francophone Literature. MA in Performing Arts Studies. PhD in Early Modern Women's History, University of Kent and Freie Universität Berlin.

My research at PRIVACY focuses on how women’s ability to work (or their access to other modes of subsistence) might have been influenced by attempts to control their fertility. I focus, in particular, on historical sources that document unwanted pregnancies, attempts at avoiding pregnancies, and pregnancy termination. I am especially interested in the experiences of women of lower social status, and their interaction with their families, communities, and authorities. My research is informed by an intersectional feminist analysis of my historical material.

Room: 5C.0.16

Fredrik Torisson

M.Arch., University of Lund, PhD in Architecture, University of Lund

My research focuses on architecture, as expressed in buildings, drawings, representations and treatises etc.

Room: 5C.0.12


Bastian Vaucanson

Cand.theol., UCPH

My research focuses on notions – and absence – of privacy in the city of Versailles during the last third of the reign of Louis XIV (1682-1715). I examine how the devotional ideal of interiority plays out in François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon’s (1651-1715) tutoring of Le petit dauphin, Louis de France, duc de Bourgogne (1682-1712) in the years 1689-99.

Room: 5C.0.19

Affiliated scholars

Florian Wöller

Associate Professor at The Section of Church History, The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.

My research concerns two areas in the first 1500 years of Church History: On one hand, I work on theology as a scientific discipline in the then newly founded universities of the late Middle Ages. On the othee hand, I investigate street processions through late-antique cities, emphasizing their performative qualities. A central of my research agenda focuses on conflicts between private and public forms of religion in street processions.


Visiting Scholars

Michèle Cornelia Jacqueline Seehafer

Visiting PhD student

My research will explore aspects of materials and materiality by focusing on specific spaces constructed in Copenhagen during the seventeenth century and directly connected to the Royal Danish Kunstkammer.

Room: 5C.0.09


Maj Riis Poulsen

Centre Administrator

Room 5C.0.26

Thea Kjærulff Torp

Student Assistant

Room: 5C.0.26