Gudrun Andersson

senior lecturer at Department of History

+4618-471 1551
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 A

Postal address:
Box 628
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a reader and senior lecturer in history. My specail interest for both research and teaching lies within the early modern cultural history, one of the most distinguished parts of the department. Since July 1, 2012, I am the head of the department -- the first one to be female.

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Associate Professor, Lecturer, Director of Graduate Studies PhD phil. Uppsala University 1998, Associate professor in 2006 Project researcher 1999-2002; Assistant Professor 2002-2007; Acting Lecturer Fall 2007; Project Researcher 2008-(2010); Lecturer January 1 2010-

With historical interest based in the early modern cultural history, Gudrun Andersson has worked with gender history, exemplified in her 1998 doctoral dissertation Tingets kvinnor och män (Women and Men in the District Court), urban history, demonstrated in the 2009 monograph Stadens dignitärer (City Dignitaries) and most recently, consumption history. In her research, Andersson has dealt with issues of power and various expressions of power by combining qualitative close readings of source material and examining non-written sources such as portraits, clothing, floor plans and furnishings. Of particular interest to Andersson’s research is how historical actors operate, how they argue before the court, how they furnished their homes and how they competed for the best bench seats in the church.

Her current ongoing research on the consuming citizen studies the Swedish consumer society’s pre-history and emergence. Consumption is linked to later eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century social transformation and is seen as an essential part of the emergence and establishment of the power-bearing strata of upper bourgeoisie culture. Of particular interest is to investigate if it is possible to distinguish gender-specific consumption patterns, and if they then clearly place the woman in the private and the man in public spheres.


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