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 second seminar of the autumn semester took place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Department of History, English Park Campus. Johannes Westberg, the professor of education at Örebro University and author of the book “Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling: The Social, Economic and Cultural History of School Finance in Sweden, 1840–1900,” introduced his essay “How did teachers make a living for themselves? Rural teachers’ livelihood strategies in nineteenth-century Sweden.” Read more about what had been discussed at the seminar by clicking on the headline or the featured photo.