Keynote speakers

Christian G. De Vito


Labour coercion and punitive configurations: Perspectives from the Spanish empire (16-20th centuries)

Christian G. De Vito is Professor of Global Economic and Social History at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna. His ongoing research focuses on the interaction between punitive and imperial processes in the Spanish monarchy during the early modern period and the nineteenth century. He has published extensively on global labour history, the social history of punishment and the relationship between microhistory and global history.

Pirjo Markkola


Nordic gender equality revisited

Pirjo Markkola is Professor of History and Director of the CoE in the History of Experiences, Tampere University. She has published widely in gender history, labour history and the history of welfare in the Nordics. Her recent publications include Lived Institutions as History of Experience ed. with J. Annola & H. Lindberg (2023), “Working-class women living religion in Finland at the turn of the 20th century,” in S. Katajala-Peltomaa & R.M. Toivo (ed) Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion (2022), and “Nordic Gender Equality: Between Administrative Cooperation and Global Branding,” in J. Marjanen, J. Strang & M. Hilson (ed) Contesting Nordicness. From Scandinavianism to the Nordic Brand (2022).

Katrina Navickas


Contested commons and public space: the spatial politics of protest and social movements in England

Katrina Navickas is Professor of History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She works on the history of protest and social movements from the eighteenth century to the present day. She is author of Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815 (Oxford University Press, 2009), and is currently completing her next monograph, Contested Commons: Protest and Public Space in England (Reaktion Books, forthcoming). She was a British Academy mid-career fellow in 2018-19, and has taught at the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh before joining Hertfordshire in 2009.

Klaus Petersen


Social Democracy and the Nordic welfare state revisited

Klaus Petersen is Professor of History at the University of Southern Denmark and the director of Danish Centre for Welfare Studies ( His research focuses on the historical development of welfare state with special emphasis on Denmark and on the Nordic model. Petersen has published widely on topics such family policy, old age pension, parties and the politics of the welfare state, Nordic social political cooperation, methods in welfare state studies, social policy language (and concepts) and on immigration and the welfare state.