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Welcome to The Division of History


Besides courses in history, the division is involved in programs in cultural studies and in teacher training. Currently, the Division of History have a Ph.D. program in history and is also involved in a Ph.D. program on teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.

Visiting students

Available courses:

  • Sweden and the Swedes (15 credits) 
    Offered every semester. It provides an introduction to Swedish culture and society, not least by offering a historical perspective on Sweden from the Viking Age to the present.
  • History of Education (7,5 credits) 
    Offered during the autumn semester. It examines major themes, developments and dilemmas in educational history, paying particular attention to the educational history of Sweden. 
  • Uses of History in School and Society (7,5 credits) 
    Offered during the autumn semester. It discusses aspects of how history is used by individuals and by collective groups, introduces concepts such as historical consciousness and historical culture, and suggests how uses of history can inform the teaching of history.

For example, visiting students participating in the exchange programs between the Division of History and Sheffield Hallam University or Erasmus University Rotterdam can select these courses as well as courses from other departments.

David Ludvigsson is the academic coordinator for the exchange programs with Sheffield Hallam University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also in charge of “History of Education” and "Uses of History in School and Society".

Sofia Gustafsson is in charge of “Sweden and the Swedes”.


There are around 10 members of staff involved in teaching. In addition, historians from other departments of the university may also be engaged as supervisors. Thanks to staff exchange programs, historians from Calcutta University (India) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK) are engaged as visiting lecturers.


All members of staff are active researchers, and in recent years have received major grants from bodies such as the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Swedish Research Council, and the Swedish National Heritage Board. The Center for Local History is linked to the Division of History.

Research is conducted in various areas, including mentalities in the late Middle Ages, health care in the 17th century, 19th century educational reforms, 20th century demographic history (Twincities Research Group), Jewish life in Sweden, cultural heritage and modern uses of history. Members of staff have taken a great interest in developing teaching and research methodologies, not least oral history. Faculty members participate in national, Nordic and international conferences, and the department has hosted an international conference on history teaching and learning in higher education (2014).

Researchers at the Division of History and invited researchers meet for research seminars (“Historiska seminariet”) several times each semester. Members of staff publish their works via various journals and commercial publishers, but minor works are sometimes published in our own series “Historia i Linköping”. Publications by individual researchers can be found in the DiVA database.



The Division of History is part of the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, and is located in the B Building at Campus Valla just west of Linköping, very close to the Valla Forest and one of Sweden’s popular outdoor local history museums, Gamla Linköping. Historians and students at the Division of History take advantage of the collections at the University Library, the Town Library in Linköping (which houses the excellent collections from the old library at the Linköping diocese), and numerous archives, including the Regional State Archive in Vadstena.

Public engagement

Members of staff work continuously to disseminate research to the public and to participate in society at large. For example, we give lectures at schools, archives, museums, local history societies and other organizations. We publish academic books and articles in scientific journals but also books and articles for a wider audience, as well as participating in the media. Further, we are actively involved with archives and history teacher organizations in the region.



Visiting address: B Building, entrance 25, Campus Valla

Postal address: ISAK/HTM, SE-581 83 Linköping

Phone +46 (0) 13 281000


Academic coordinator, exchange program with Sheffield Hallam University




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Last updated: Tue Jul 04 11:04:21 CEST 2017