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Karolina Wiell

doctoral/PhD student at Department of Economic History

+4618-471 7315
Visiting address:
Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10
Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

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My courses


Research Interests

During the period between 1920 and 1940 thousands of small public baths (consisting of a sauna and a changing room) were built in Sweden, allowing everyone to take care of their personal hygiene for a very small amount of money. A similar development has never happened before or after in Swedish history. To explain this phenomenon I will search for explanations both in the changes in society (due to population growth, industrialization, political change and the rise of popular movements and working-class movement), and in the development of the hygienism and bacteriology. From this point of view I will trace the most important agents, the way they worked and to whom they turned to implement the ideology of the need of better personal hygiene among the Swedish people.


2002-03-01 Accepted as a doctoral student at Department of Economic History, Uppsala University.
1993- 2001 Undergraduate Education; Geography (Both Human and Physical Geography), Development studies, History and Economic-history at Uppsala University
1994-1995 ERASMUS-student in Human Geography at Leicester University, England

Academic Positions, Appointments and Networks
2009/10 President of the department PhD council (Committee for Graduate education)
2009/10 Member of the department council
In autumn 2009 I was elected to be one of two safety representatives at the department.


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