Umeå Group for Premodern Studies

The purpose of UGPS is to conduct internationally successful research in a broad multidisciplinary perspective on periods before 1800 in collaboration with international research groups and networks, focusing on three main themes:

political culture – attitudes, beliefs and values underpinning political systems, practices and relations
• gender – constructions of differences and relations of power
• emotions – expressions, repertoires and strategies

These themes should be taken in a broad sense, including a wide range of disciplinary perspectives from literature, art, linguistics, history, archeology, religion, history of ideas, philosophy, and political science.

A more specific aim is to place the Swedish historical and cultural development in a broad international perspective or alternatively study how global phenomena have affected Sweden during different historical epochs.

The long and short-term aims of UGPS include:
• Increasing younger researchers’ competence to do research on premodern sources
• Conducting successful research on an international level
• Increasing the international publishing of results
• Applying for external funding for interdisciplinary research projects
• Organizing and participating in conferences and workshops
• Developing and expanding existing research networks
• Connecting international scholars to UGPS through networks and visiting fellowships
• Encouraging exchange of doctoral students and researchers
• Creating an international reference group to enrich the group’s work in the long run

UGPS Annual Report 2014

UGPS Annual Report 2013

UGPS Annual Report 2012

Page Editor: Jonas Liliequist

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News at UGPS

Seminar Tuesday 13 November 13. 15 BT101 Beteendevetar huset 

Suicide, Law and Community in Early Modern Sweden

Riikka Miettinen Postdoctoral researcher, Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences, University of Tampere, Finland  


Jacqueline Van Gent Honorary Doctor at Umeå University 2018

On saturday October 20 Jacqueline Van Gent Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), University of Western Australia will be appointed Honorary Doctor at Umeå University.  She will present her research on Saturday October 20 at 10 a.m in Auditorium G, Humanities Building. The title of her lecture is Gendering Early Modern Colonial Histories

Jacqueline has been visiting Umeå and UGPS for shorter and longer stays during the years 2012-2014. She is now chair of The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE).  For more information:




Workshop: New Swedish and Finnish historical research on early modern Sweden-Finland (1500-1800) – collaboration and research studies across state- and language boundaries

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Book release

Visions of North in Premodern Europe
D. Jørgensen, V. Langum (eds

Wednesday May 16, 2 p.m. The inner courtyard below the pentry in the Humanities Building.

There will be wine and snacks and a short round of lightening talks from a few departmental researchers on aspects of ")"North" in their research.


ISCH conference Senses, Emotions and the Affective Turn, Umeå 26-29 June 2017



UGPS member Godelinde Perk will defend her doctoral thesis Julian, God and the Art of Storytelling: A Narrative Analysis of the Works of Julian of Norwich, October 28, 2016 10.00 Hörsal G

Book Launch & Round Table Discussion

Epidemic Bodies in Language and Literature Research Tuesday 25 October 15.15 in the pentry Round Table

New Book

Virginia Langum             Medicin and the Seven Deadly Sins in Late Medieval Literature and Culture

Disputations: 2 and 9 September

Two UGPS-members are defending their doctoral theses in the beginning of September:

Martin Almbjär The Voice of the people? Supplications submitted to the Swedish Diet during the Age of Liberty, 1719-1772, Friday September 2, 13.15-15.15 Hörsal E Humanities Building.

Evelyne Luef A Matter of Life and Death: Suicide in Early Modern Austria and Sweden (ca. 1650-1750), Friday September 9, Universität Wien.

Antiquity Day 5-6 September

Two days of public lectures and open seminars on Classical Greek and Roman culture.



Special Issue of Scandinavian Journal of History

Special Issue on Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History (41:3 2016) edited by Jacqueline van Gent and Raisa Maria Toivo, based on the UGPS workshop with the same title at Umeå University, May 27-28 2013.

Workshop Woman and Credit in Preindustrial Europe

May 30-31, 2016 Venue: Umeå University HUMlab-X website

Book release

Virginia Langum & Jonas Carlquist Words and Matter: the Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern Parish Life. Runica et Mediævalia 2015

New research project

The project: Ambivalent emotions and conflicts between parent and child generations in early modern Sweden and Finland, has been granted 2.310.000SEK from Riksbanken
Project summary

Workshop Gender and Status Competition in Premodern Societies

November 26-27, 2015 Venue: Umeå University, HUMLab X Organizers: UGPS Jonas Liliequist, Anna Foka and Lewis Webb

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New book

Anna Foka & Jonas Liliequist Laughter, Humor and the (Un)making of Gender, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2015


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Group Members

Martin Almbjär,
Dr. History

Per Ambrosiani,
Professor of Russian

Catharina Andersson,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, History

Mats Berglund,
Associate Fellow, History

Jonas Carlquist,
Professor of Scandinavian Languages

Elise Dermineur Post-Doctoral Fellow, History

Tom Ericsson,
Professor emeritus, History

Ann-Catrine Eriksson,
Dr. History of Art

Anna Foka Associate Senior Lecturer, HUMlab
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Annasara Hammar,
Dr. History

Linn Holmberg,
Dr. History of Ideas

Rolf Hugosson,
Dr. Political Science

Dolly Jörgensen Researcher, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Stina Karlgren,
Doctoral student, History

Åsa Karlsson-Sjögren,
Professor of History

Virginia Langum Associate Professor, Language Studies

Jonas Liliequist Professor of History

Ina Lindblom Doctoral student, History

Cecilia Lindhé Post-Doctoral Fellow, Comparative Literature

Peter Lindström
Dr. History

Evelyne Luef                Dr. History

Esa K. Marttila,
Doctoral student, History of Art

Carola Nordbäck Associate Professor of Church History

Björn Norlin Post-Doctoral Fellow, History

Svante Norrhem,
Professor of History

Godelinde Perk, Doctoral Student Language Studies

Per Ramqvist,
Professor of Archaeology

Helena Wangefelt Ström                 Doctoral student, Museology

Lewis Webb Doctoral student History and HUMlab