Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 København S
I am a historian of the Early Modern Era in Northern Europe. My research and teaching focus on ideas, collective mentalities, social structures, discourses, and practices rather than on individuals or historical events.
I have conducted research on the history of Pietism since 2006 and address different aspects of the field. Currently, I am principal investigator of the research project Radical Pietism in Northern Europe: Social Protest on the Verge of Modernity, 1690-1750. The project is funded by the Independent Research Fund, Denmark, and has a duration of four years (from 2023 through 2027). You can see a presentation of the project here.
My monograph on sociability and civic spirit in Northern Europe is an enquiry into the cultural and organisational processes in the transition from estate societies to modern civic societies. It demonstrates how the middling sort developed a distinct culture and identity, which placed them in a position to be pacesetters in public debate and in political life. The monograph is scheduled for publication in 2024.
In a broader sense, my research explores the following topics.
Identities: national, religious, and social
Radicalism: early modern religious radicalism, radical habitus, lived religion, social movements and alternative public spheres.
Gender: gender relations, women in the public sphere, feminine Christianity, androgyny
Internationally, my research has been published in leading academic journals, such as Nations and Nationalism, Eighteenth Century Studies, Historische Zeitschrift, Intellectual History Review, and Pietismus und Neuzeit. You can read my work from 2021 on radical religious women here. You can read my work from 2019 on the emotional history of Pietism here. You can read my work from 2017 on popular and clerical reactions to Pietism in Denmark-Norway here. You can read my work from 2014 on the influence of Pietism on the culture of the middling sort here. Occasionally, I write for national newspapers about the uses and understanding of history in society today. You can view some examples (in Danish) here, and here.
Previous extended research experience abroad includes Freie Universität Berlin, Francke Foundations in Halle, Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen, University of Cambridge, as well as several shorter stays in other institutions. I have held scholarships granted by the Independent Research Fund, Denmark, the German Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the Carlsberg Foundation. Concerning the latter, you can read about my book undertaking on feminine Christianity here.