Annie Linnéa Mattsson
Annie Mattson is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Literature. She is currently working on the research project "The City and the Archive: The Archive of the Stockholm Royal Police Chamber 1776–1791" and she is especially interested in interdisciplinary studies of 18th-century culture. She mainly teaches within the disciplines of comparative literature and rhetoric.
Keywords: 18th century archives manuscripts
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Annie Mattsson wrote her doctoral thesis on manuscript circulated libels against the Swedish king Gustaf III (published in 2010). She is working within the project Knowledge, Power and Materiality. Archives in Sweden 1727–1811, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Among her research interests are eighteenth century studies, rhetoric, manuscript culture, the theory and history of archives, intersectional perspectives and fan fiction.
2012-2015 she was co-director of the interdisciplinary research node “Eighteenth-Century Sweden in an International Perspective”.
She is the president of The Society of Women Researchers in Uppsala and the secretary of the Swedish Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.
She mainly teaches courses in literature and rhetoric, focusing on the early modern period, and supervising undergraduate students.
Work in Progress
The City and the Archive: The Archive of the Stockholm Royal Police Chamber 1776–1791
(Arkivet som maktbas och kontrollinstrument: Kungliga poliskammarens arkiv 1776–1791)
The project started in August 2014 and will run until May 2018. The results will be published in a monograph in Swedish, two articles in Swedish and two articles in English.
In this project I will investigate the role of the archive in the institution of Stockholm’s Royal Police Chamber, founded in 1776. The purpose of the study is to analyze the role of the archive in this new institution, in order to understand how archives functioned as bases of power and instruments of control at the end of the early modern era.
The primary research questions will be: What does the archive include; what does it exclude? What were the archive’s intended, actual, and possible uses and functions? The study will be carried out both on a macro-level – by analyzing the organization and structure of the archive – and on a micro-level, through an examination of the form and content of specific documents.
The project is part of the larger project Knowledge, Power and Materiality. Archives in Sweden 1727–1811, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Annie Mattsson is involved in a collaboration with the center “Eighteenth-Century Worlds” at the University of Liverpool.
Publications in English
Mattsson, A. (2011). ”The place is swarming with libels”: Manuscript Publication of Oppositional Texts During the Reign of Gustav III (1771–1792). LIR Journal, Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet. vol. 1, ss. 49-66
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