Fabian Persson

Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper Fakulteten för konst och humaniora
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My research focuses on early modern society, princely courts, and the aristocracy and political culture. The guiding themes have been power, dynasticism, space, and ceremony. Formal and informal power has run through much of my research as I have analysed how early modern society was pervaded by patronage. This can for example be seen in my article 'The Battle for Access' in The Key to Power? (forthcoming 2015, edited by Dries Raeymaekers and Sebastiaan Derks). The role of women in this has been the subject of several of my articles, including 'Living in the House of Power' in The Politics of Female Households (2014, edited by Nadine Akkerman and Birgit Houben) and 'Navigating in a Changing Political Landscape' (2014, in Maria Aurora von Königsmarck - ein adeliges Frauenleben im Europa der Barockzeit edited by Beate-Christine Fiedler).

In my current research, dynasticism is a major theme, hence my concern with designing new theories and concepts to analyse Swedish dynasticism, both royal and aristocratic, in the early modern period, as in my article 'To Give to Airy Nothing a Local Habitation and a Name' (in Early Modern Dynastic Identities, Ashgate 2015, edited by Mirella Marini & Liesbeth Geevers). The Vasa dynasty tried hard to create legitimacy, and the forms of dynasticism in Scandinavia can be compared to other principalities. The cross-border contacts of early modern elite society open up further fascinating avenues of research. I am currently completing a study of an eighteenth-century diplomat, Christopher von Kochen, in which I analyse the role of early modern diplomacy, cross-border elites, and the ways in which Swedish political culture and its two-party system were similar to those of contemporary Britain. An increasingly interdisciplinary approach has led me to new written sources, while I have cast my net wider to include material culture such as architecture and art.

By attending international conferences, I have built up a strong personal network of scholars who are an important source of inspiration. Thus, I have contributed essays to several international volumes in press such as Occasions of State: Early Modern European Festivals and the Negotiation of Power (forthcoming Routledge, edited by Ronnie Mulryne & Krista De Jonge), and Le prince, la princesse et leur logis. Logis masculin et féminins dans l'élite de l'aristocratie européenne, 1450-1650 (2014, edited by Monique Chatenet and Krista De Jonge). I am looking forward to broadening my publications in the future to even more comparative themes as well as early modern British history. I have been fortunate enough to work closely with international scholars in a larger group under the aegis of the Palatium network, where I am on the steering committee. Here, spatial aspects of history have been the focus. When it comes to the topic of corruption, I have recently embarked on a collaboration with a group of political scientists in Gothenburg headed by Prof Bo Rothstein.

My research interests range across themes such as royal courts, political culture, and material worlds. Political culture in a cross-border perspective, looking at courts and using material culture, is the subject of my contribution to Beyond Scylla and Charybdis: European Courts and Court Residences outside Habsburg and Valois/Bourbon Territories (2015, edited by Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen & Konrad Ottenheym). Political culture is also the issue in, for example, 'Recreating the Point of Contact' in Hofgesellschaft und Höflinge an europäischen Fürstenhöfen in der Frühen Neuzeit (edited by Klaus Malettke & Chantal Grell) and 'From Ruler in the Shadow to Shadow King' in The Man Behind the Crown (2014, edited by Charles Beem & Miles Taylor).


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