The Hugo Valentin Centre

New post doc. Theresa Johnsson

2018-10-02

Postdoctoral Project on Subaltern Perspectives on Romani in Sweden
The Hugo Valentin Centre warmly welcomes new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Theresa Johnsson.
  
Her work focuses on questions about class, social, economic and legal inequality between people and how these variables could shape people's lives, c. 1780-1850. A consequence of this is a methodological interest in accessing an often difficult-to-access history of everyday life that also includes poor people.

In her research at the Hugo Valentin Centre, Dr. Johnsson will engage subaltern history with archival sources in order to trace and study the everyday lives of Romani people in mid-Sweden c. 1780-1840. While it is commonly known that the will to control so called “Gypsies” has loomed large in West European legislation since the Middle ages, comparative studies focusing on the social history of Romani people in Europe before the late 19th century are scarce. The main aim of the project is twofold: to problematize different historical silences, and to broaden and deepen our understanding of the long history of Romani people in the Nordic countries.