The Subject of History

Department of History | The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


I have a PhD-degree in History, and work as a teacher and an academic advisor at the Department of History.

The Old Norse sagas interest me, preferably in relation to a historiographical approach of how the sagas have been used. I am also working with fictive kinship in the Old Norse sagas in a large project exploring how the early hominid brain evolved from its beginnings 3-5 million years ago to the modern human.

I teach different courses, for the moment on Swedish history (in English), as well as bachelor theses in History. I am responsible for our on-line courses, and have taught on Scandinavian culture.

I work as an academic advisor at the department, guiding students in their studies and informing them on admission and requirements, degrees, international studies and careers. I am the instructor for our SI-leaders and contact person for student with disabilities. For more information on Study guidance.


About the research

My research lies within the field of collective memory, history writing and history culture. How the past – or images of the past – is constructed and built, as well as rejected. What is considered important, and how do these values change over time?

In one example of an international, interdisciplinary project on negotiating the pasts, the participants discussed how the past has been made meaningful and relevant in later periods, as a process of developing consensus or causing conflicts with one’s contemporaries. The results are available in Negotiating Pasts in the Nordic Countries. Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Memory Memory (eds. Anne Eriksen & Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, Nordic Academic Press, 2010).

Another example is the participation in the interdisciplinary reference volume on memory studies in Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia Handbook of Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (eds Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann & Stephen A Mitchell, De Gruyter, 2018).

I am also working with fictive kinship in the Old Norse sagas, and was rewarded a Visiting Fellowship from the British Academy to visit Professor R.I.M. Dunbar at the University of Liverpool. Professor Dunbar, now Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, was one of the project leaders of the British Academy Centenary Research Project: “Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain”. This interdisciplinary project is exploring how the early hominid brain evolved from its apelike beginnings 3-5 million years ago to the modern human. I analyse if kinship is related to an individual’s decision to use violence or not, by focussing on fictive kinship in the Icelandic sagas. Oxford University Press published Social Brain, Distributed Mind (eds. R.I.M Dunbar, C. Gamble and J. Gowlett) in 2010. The project continues to publish analyses, most recently in the article "Family Counts: Deciding When to Murder Among the Icelandic Vikings" i Evolution and Human Behavior, written by M. Palmstierna, A. Frangou, A. Wallette & R.I.M. Dunbar.


Books (1)
Editorships (3)
Articles (3)
Book chapters (17)
Conference contributions (1)
Reviews (15)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Anna Wallette

Academic Advisor, Researcher
Department of History

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Department of History

Contact information

E-mail anna.wallettehist.luse

Phone +46 46 222 79 62

Room LUX A309

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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