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"Three the Nordic Countries are, the Nordic Maid but one": A different perspective on 19th-century university festivities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2011 (English)In: National, Nordic or European?: Nineteenth-Century University Jubilees and Nordic Cooperation / [ed] Pieter Dhont, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article investigates the roles of women during university festivities and the relationship between female gender roles and Scandinavianism in particular. Three historical events are studied; all of them festivities which took place at the University of Uppsala. The first one is the Scandinavianist student meeting of 1856. Here, women’s roles were determined in the first place by the fact that the students needed to meet suitable women to marry. From this followed that the discourse included women, but the speakers went through great trouble in order to make clear to the participating women that their proper place was the home.

The second university festivity studied is the Scandinavian student meeting of 1875. The romantic-domestic theme that coloured the discourse on women in 1856 is easily discernible in the texts of 1875 too, but it was now expressed in a slightly different way. Women were still hailed as mothers and wives, but to some extent also as real people and professionals.

The third occasion investigated is the university jubilee in Uppsala: the quartercentenary of 1877. This celebration is interpreted as a demonstration of a model patriarchal society; a society where women were never professionals but always decorative, where the king and the grand old men of science ruled over a peaceful population which gratefully received alms and happily cheered at their superiors. Whereas the leading figures of the student meeting in 1875 had realised that this society was long gone – if it had ever existed – the organisers of the university jubilee in 1877 continued to dream of the perfect patriarchy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011, 1.
, History of Science and Medicine Library: Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions, ISSN 1872-0684 ; 25/4
Keyword [en]
history of education, gender, nineteenth century, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
utbildningshistoria, genus, 1800-tal, Sverige
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66940ISBN: 9789004216945OAI: diva2:469020
Available from: 2011-12-22 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2012-01-27Bibliographically approved

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