Jezzica Israelsson

PhD student at Department of History

+4618-471 7043
018-471 1528
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 A

Postal address:
Box 628
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

My primary research interests lie within the field of social and cultural history, and I am particularly intrigued by what consequences the particular actions and performances of individuals could have on larger developments in society. I write my dissertation within the Gender and Work project ( Its working title is “Laborious Claims: Work as Practice and Ideal in Sweden, 1760 - 1880”.

  • PhD student since 2017
  • Master of Arts, Early Modern History in Northern Europe, Uppsala University, (2016)
    • Master thesis: In consideration of my meagre circumstances. The language of poverty as a tool for ordinary people in early modern Sweden
  • Bachelor of Arts, Uppsala University (2014)
    • Bachelor thesis: Arbete på Stockholms spinnhus. En plats för kontroll och ordning inom ramen för en hushållsmodell
  • Work as a lawyer (jurist) at a court and a lawfirm (2009-2014)
  • Master of Laws, Uppsala University (2009), including one year in Strasbourg, France

Other academic qualifications

  • Participant at the European Association for Urban History 13th International Conference on Urban History, “Reinterpreting Cities”, Helsinki University (2016)
    • Paper presented: For I willingly acknowledge the debt and have never denied to pay it. Widows, wives and single women as creditors and debtors in 18th century Uppsala.

Research project

On an over-arching level, my dissertation project aims to elucidate the importance and meaning of work, both as a practice and an ideal, for people and their claims in eighteenth and nineteenth century Sweden. As such the thesis relates to two large research areas concerned with questions of labour and with questions of popular influence and agency.

More specifically, I use descriptions and portrayals of work activities in writings to a regional administration between about 1760 and 1880 to answer questions about what people or groups of people were said to perform what kind of work, and what the implications of this performance were, for example on the gendered division of labour. In addition, I look at the how work practices and ideals of work, such as industry and the responsibility to provide for yourself and others fed into the specific arguments put forth by the applicants themselves, and what this can tell us about the role of and meaning of work in a society on the threshold of industrialization.

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Jezzica Israelsson