Hans Hägerdal

Hans Hägerdal

Professor, subject representative
Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I finished my PhD thesis in 1996, a study of the development of sinology during the 19th and 20th centuries. After a few stints as resarcher in Leiden and Lund, I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in History at Växjö University (later Linnaeus University) in 2000 and was promoted to professor in 2018. During my academic career I have written extensively on East and Southeast Asian history, in both English and Swedish. Among my publications are Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Lombok and Bali in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (2001), and as editor, Responding to the West: Essays of Colonial Domination and Asian Agency (2009) and Piracy in World History (2021, co-edited with Stefan Amirell and Bruce Buchan). I have furthermore authored a number of popular books on Vietnamese and Chinese history, Vietnams Historia (2005), Kinas Historia (2008), Kinas ledare 1912-2012 (2012), and Mao Zedong och det kommunistiska Kina (2023). I have also conducted research at IIAS in Leiden, Netherlands, and the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies in Lund, Sweden. My book Lords of the Land, Lords of the Sea: Conflict and Adaptation in Early Colonial Timor, 1600-1800 (2012) is a comprehensive study of early Timorese history from original sources, published by KITLV Press. Other monographs with themes from eastern Indonesia include Held's History of Sumbawa (2017) and Savu: History and Oral Tradition on an Island of Indonesia (2018, co-written with Geneviève Duggan). At the moment I am engaged together with six other scholars in a major project, Historical Treaties in Southeast Asia, which aims to map and analyse colonial treaty-making in the period 1700-1920.


My teaching experience covers courses on all levels, from first-semester to master. Apart from chronological courses I have taught on methodology, historiography, the history of China, the history of slavery, global perspectives on history, history of biographies and autobiographies, and several others. 


Among my present commissions are chair of the Board for the PhD track, and representative of the History Section at the Department of Cultural Sciences. I am also member of the podcast group Humpodd at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the editor for the online journal Humanetten.


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