Maria Ågren: Warm welcome to the spring semester and a brief talk on the book ‘The State as Master’

At the very start of this spring semester, we talked to Maria Ågren, Professor of History and one of the three Gender and Work project leaders, about GaW’s activities last semester and her ambition to go on creating a pleasant atmosphere in academia by organizing as well as participating in several conferences throughout this spring semester. Also, she just had her new book published! Let us hear some words from her.

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Jonas Lindström on the Gender and Work project and how the past illuminates the future

“The life we live today is not the has-to-be life,” said Jonas Lindström, one of the research leaders of the Gender and Work project. After the talk with Jonas, this sentence kind of made me sit still and think through the hopeful sentiments of historical studies. I often think about why I’m drawn to history, but I’ve never come across this down-to-earth aspect, that history can assist us in coping with our daily life. During our conversation, he also talks about the past, the present, and the future of Gender and Work, the project he has been participating for almost ten years. See how he looks at it in this interview.

Dive into the sources: Talking women and literacy with Christoffer Åhlman

Most people understand that literacy can be a major source of socio-political power in the present time, and it is noticeable that literacy is often studied by social scientists. But what about historians? Which aspects do they look at when they study literacy? Christoffer Åhlman, a Ph.D. student working in the Gender and Work project at the Department of History, Uppsala University, looks at the interconnection of literacy, women, education, and marriage in the early modern social context. Read on to dive with Christoffer.

The Perks of Being a Detective: An Interview with Carl Mikael Carlsson

Sherlock Holmes, Auguste Dupin, Hercule Poirot—these names may or may not come up when we think of famous detectives, but I’m sure you have never heard of the detective named ‘Micke’ or Carl Mikael Carlsson. He investigates plenty of court cases from the Early modern period, analyzes them, and fills them in the database. Apart from the job he enjoys, he also co-produced a musical based on his doctoral dissertation as a side project. I’m curious now. What does he do with these big computer screens? What are the findings he got from studying ordinary people's lives in the past centuries? What kind of detective creates a musical from their cases? To answer this question, I talk to this detective or, as others put it, historian. Click on the headline or the feature image to read the full interview.

Poverty as an argument, and some actual stories: An Interview with Jezzica Israelsson

“It was what I’ve been interested in from the start. It just came. I didn’t have to think about it,” said Jezzica Israelsson, the doctoral student in the Department of History at Uppsala University and latest member of the Gender and Work (GaW) project, about what brought her to early modern history. That she has written mostly about the eighteenth-century history made me wonder: Why the eighteenth century? What exactly did she write about? What is the charm of the sources she used? I sat and talked to her on one fine day afternoon in the meeting room where the project members usually gather for måndagsfika to learn more about her participation in the Gender and Work project, the fascinating results of her theses, how people in the past used poverty as an argument, and some actual stories. Click on the headline or the feature image to read the full article.