Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda

Karen Asta Arnfred Vallgårda


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.

Ongoing projects:

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

- Legitimacy Contested - The Past and Future of the Nordic Model (PI w/ Professor Klaus Petersen, SDU) at Nordic Humanities Center

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, K. R., 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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