Department of History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


We are a large department with two subjects. There are over 50 teachers and researchers, and among these there are eleven professors, almost as many lecturers, and other researchers. We also have a large doctoral education with Ph.d students in history and human rights, among other things, through a National Graduate School in Historical Studies and a Graduate School in History Didactics. The last few years we have had around 20 PhD students employed.

Human rights is a multidisciplinary research environment, gladly focusing on the historiography of human rights in the early modern and modern periods, about rights in political philosophy, questions of religion, military and humanitarian intervention, nationalism, and women’s movements around the world.

The research in history today has a focus on cultural history. In terms of chronology, the research stretches from early middle ages to the present with somewhat more focus on the early modern period and the 19th century. Some of the research is aimed at educational history and the use of history. The department is leading in the fields of historical culture and history didactics.

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Human rights