Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda

Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda

Associate Professor

Current research

My research centers on political family and childhood history in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am interested in how people have organized their family life, how power is exercised in intimate relationships, and how such relationships have been shaped by shifting social, ecocnomic, political and legal circumstances. Themes: family history, divorce, education, childhood, gender, class, race.

Ongoing projects:
- The History of Divorce in Denmark c. 1880-2015
- The Politics of Family Secrecy (PI). This is a collective project, funded by a Sapere Aude Starting Grant by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

MA supervision:

  • Cultural and social history in the 20th century
  • Family history & chldhood history
  • Colonialism and postcolonial theory
  • History and theory of emotions
  • Theories of power
  • Christian mission history
  • Cultural encounters

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Divorce, Bureaucracy, and Emotional Frontiers: Marital Dissolution in Late Nineteenth Century Copenhagen

    Vallgårda, K. A. A., 2017, In : Journal of Family History. 42, 1, p. 81 95 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Forbudte, farlige og frastødende følelser

    Vallgårda, K. A. A., 2018, In : TEMP - tidsskrift for historie. 16, p. 5-15 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Følelseshistorie: Teoretiske brudflader og udfordringer

    Vallgårda, K. A. A., 2013, In : Kulturstudier. 2, p. 87-113 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Imperial Childhoods and Christian Mission. Education and Emotions in South India and Denmark

    Vallgårda, K. A. A., 2014, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Det Unge Akademi (External organisation)

    Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board


  1. Sapere Aude Ung Eliteforsker: (De frie Forskningsråd)

    Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  2. Eliteforsk Rejsestipendium: (Videnskabsministeriet)

    Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  3. DFF-Sapere Aude Starting Grant

    Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  4. Einar Hansens Forskningspris

    Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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