Puhujat / Speakers

Pääpuhujat / Huvudtalare / Keynote speakers

Linda Gale Jones


Linda Gale Jones is Ramon y Cajal Research Professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She is a specialist of the religious and cultural history of medieval al-Andalus and the Maghreb (12th to 15th centuries) with special focus on textual representations of gender dynamics and masculinity in medieval Islam; (trans)cultural encounters between Islam and Christendom in the Iberian Peninsula, and medieval Islamic oratory and comparative medieval sermon studies. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. Her doctoral dissertation comparing Muslim and Christian preaching in medieval Iberia won the USA national Malcolm H. Kerr Award for best dissertation in Middle Eastern Studies in the Humanities.

Jones has published extensively on medieval Islamic preaching: i.e. The Power of Oratory in the Medieval Muslim World (Cambridge University Press, 2012), L.G. Jones &A. Dupont-Hamy (eds.), Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Preaching in the Medieval Mediterranean and Europe: Identities and Interfaith Encounters. SERMO 15 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019) and A. Coello de la Rosa & L.G. Jones (eds.), Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Striving for Remembrance (14th to 20th centuries) Sanctity in Global Society (London: Routledge, 2020).

She has explored these topics as the PI of two competitive research projects funded by the Spanish government and the European Union. Dr. Jones is Vice-President of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS), Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Men, Masculinities, and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion, and has served on the Executive Committee of the American academic association, the Spain-North Africa Project.

Jones will give her speech The Role of Homiletics in Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Relations in the Medieval Mediterranean on Thursday, 20 at 15:00 in the Main auditorium.

Pertti Haapala


Pertti Haapala on Tampereen yliopiston Suomen historian professori. Hän on tutkimut erityisesti modernin yhteiskunnan sosiaalihistoriaa, Suomen sisällissotaa, historiografiaa ja historian metodologiaa. Hän oli 2012-2017 Yhteiskunnan historian huippuyksikön johtaja ja vuodesta 2018 Kokemuksen historian huippuyksikön johtaja.

Haapala pitää puheensa Kokemus ja selitys: yhteiskuntahistoriasta 22. lauantaina klo 14:00 juhlasalissa.

Simon Sleight


Dr Simon Sleight is Reader in Urban History, Historical Youth Cultures and Australian History, Co-founding Director of the Children’s History Society and Deputy Director of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s. A native of Lincolnshire, Simon received his tertiary education at Warwick, University College London and Monash University in Melbourne, his doctoral thesis winning the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Award for best PhD in Australian history.

His latest books are History, Memory and Public Life: The Past in the Present (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Anna Maerker and Adam Sutcliffe), Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World (Palgrave, 2016, co-edited with Shirleene Robinson) and Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914 (Routledge, 2013). He has also published on urban memory, the morphology of cities, street gangs, processions, the representation of working childhoods, expatriate experience, and the use of historical cartoons. Dr Sleight’s current research project explores living history museums in transnational comparison. A co-edited project – A Cultural History of Youth in the Modern Age – is also in progress.

Sleight will give his speech Landscapes of Memory: Exploring the Urban Past on Friday, 21 at 11:15 in the Main auditorium.

Maria Ågren


Maria Ågren is a Professor of History at Uppsala University, who specializes in early modern and nineteenth- century history. Her scholarly production is extensive, in both Swedish and English, and has been published by e.g., UNC Press, Manchester University Press and Oxford University Press. She has broad academic experience, e.g. as chair of one of Uppsala University’s recruitment panels (Faculty of Arts), as chair of one of the panels at the Swedish Research Council and as Sweden’s representative in the European Science Foundation’s Standing Committee for the Humanities.

Ågren is the leader of the large Gender and Work project at Uppsala University, within which the GaW database has been developed as an example of Digital Humanities. This project is both a research project and an infrastructure project. The project has made a clear impact in the scholarly community through a number of interventions. The main publication from the project so far is Making a Living, Making a Difference: Gender and Work in Early Modern European Society (Oxford University Press, 2017. Editor: Susan Ferber). Another major publication from the project is The State as Master: Gender, State Formation and Commercialisation in Urban Sweden, 1650–1780 (Manchester University Press, 2017. Editor: Emma Brennan). For more information on the GaW project and the GaW database, see www.gaw.hist.uu.se

Maria Ågren is also an expert on early modern Swedish real estate law. See for instance Domestic Secrets. Women and property in Sweden, 1600 to 1857 (UNC Press, 2009).

Ågren will give her speech In search of practice: lessons from the Swedish Gender and Work project on Thursday, 20 at 10:45 in the Main auditorium.