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Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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In my thesis project, I aim to examine early modern Swedish medals and their role in the cultural context of this time as well as their connection between the public/official and the private/the collector’s sphere.

I will work with objects ordered by the Swedish royal court between the sixteenth and eighteenth century. Questions asked in this study concern the custom of the use of medals; why did the sovereign donate medals (visual rhetoric) how were they exchanged and collected? Further, I plan to study the scope of the different medals; e.g. how they circulated through Europe’s courts and the different princely or private collections.

Medals were used as self-fashioning, the consciousforming and expressing of identities or recreation of oneself and by studyingthis material, one will gain a better understanding of how social conventions changed as well as norms of images.

Research

About the research

In my thesis project, I aim to examine early modern Swedish medals and their role in the cultural context of this time. The material consists of medals, ordered by the Swedish royal court between the sixteenth and eighteenth century. In addition to the medals as such, I will study different numismatic collections, which could be regarded as representable for their time and the person’s rank who acquired the collection, as well as contemporary numismatic literature.  Questions asked in this study concern the gift’s (the medals’) reason and occasion and the medals’ afterlife in Swedish and other European collections. Hence, these questions relate to some underlying inquiries, which touch upon changes on status and social conventions in early modern times. That involves mainly the use and attitudes regarding the Swedish medals; how were they exchanged, collected and written about? Thus, I will apply theory of gift exchange, visual culture studies and the approach to objects used in material culture studies. The intention is to take the object as the base for my analysis and thereby reach to a closer connection between the culture and humans who have shaped it.As a result, this study shall illustrate the complex nature of medals and the surrounding visual and material culture of their time. 

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Teaching

Ylva Haidenthaller

Doctoral Student
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail ylva.haidenthallerkultur.luse

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