Marie-Christine Skuncke, Professor of Literature at Uppsala University, emerita since 2016. In my research, I focus on various aspects of the Swedish eighteenth century - theatre and opera, education of princes, political culture, natural history - in a European and global perspective. I have been actively involved in international eighteenth-century cooperation. Founder and chair of the Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1995-2016.
Eighteenth-century Sweden in a European and global perspective, especially theatre and opera, education of princes, political culture, media history; Carl Peter Thunberg’s voyage to Japan in the 1770s and eighteenth-century natural history. Recent articles include a study of the genesis of the first Swedish Freedom of the Press Act in 1766 (English version in Press Freedom 250 Years, 2018), and a study of the Swedish-Finnish-Russian naturalist Eric Laxman and his contacts with Japan (in English, Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2018).
Work in Progress
- Gustav III's and Louis XIV's medal history: Article "L'Histoire métallique de Gustave III et celle de Louis XIV", forthcoming in volume of proceedings from a conference in Versailles 2018 - see http://chateauversailles-recherche.fr/francais/colloques-et-journees-d-etudes/colloques-et-journees-d-etudes-2018/les-medailles-de-louis-xiv-et-leur-livre.html . Planned article in Swedish: "Gustav IIII:s medaljhistoria: Minne och materialitet" [Gustav III:s Medal History: Memory and Materiality]
- "Bellman och teatern" [Bellman and the Theatre]: article in Swedish, forthcoming 2020 in the series Bellmansstudier 26.
- Database "Les Visiteurs de Versailles", http://chateauversailles-recherche.fr/francais/ressources-documentaires/bases-de-donnees-en-ligne/les-visiteurs-de-versailles/les-visiteurs-de-versailles.html : Notices in French about Swedish eighteenth-century visitors to Versailles and translations into French of their descriptions (entered 2019).
Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies
Founder and chair 1995-2016 of the Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies (Tvärvetenskapligt 1700-talsseminarium i Uppsala), a forum for eighteenth-century scholars across geographical, disciplinary and generational boundaries. Speakers included over 200 Swedish and international scholars from a range of disciplines. Since 2017, the seminar is chaired by Professor Ann Öhrberg, Uppsala.
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