Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda

Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda

Associate Professor - Promotion Programme

Current research

My research focuses 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, economic, political and legal circumstances.

Themes: family history, divorce, education, childhood, gender, class, race.

I'm a member of The Young Academy, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. I have previously been vice chairperson  (in 2020) and chairperson of the academy (in 2021).

Ongoing projects:

- The Politics of Family Secrecy (PI). Funded by a Sapere Aude Starting Grant by DFF (Independent Research Fund Denmark).

- STAY HOME (co-PI), with Mette Birkedal Bruun (PI). Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation

- The History of Divorce in Denmark c. 1870-2020. Funded by DFF.

MA & PhD supervision:

  • Cultural and social history in the 19th & 20th centuries
  • Family history & childhood history
  • Colonialism and postcolonial theory
  • History and theory of emotions
  • Theories of power
  • Christian mission history
  • Cultural encounters

Selected publications

  1. Published


    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred, 2021, Aarhus Universitetsforlag. (100 Danmarkshistorier).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

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

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Emotional Echoes: Young People, Divorce, and the Public Media, 1960-2000

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred & Larsen, Katrine Rønsig, 2021, In: Journal of Social History. 55, 1, p. 226–253 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Det Unge Akademi (External organisation)

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

Selected prizes

  1. Sapere Aude: DFF- Research Talent 2013

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  2. Eliteforsk Rejsestipendium: (Videnskabsministeriet)

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  3. DFF-Sapere Aude Starting Grant

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  4. Einar Hansens Forskningspris

    Vallgårda, Karen Asta Arnfred (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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