New Associate Professor: Johan Lund Heinsen

New Associate Professor: Johan Lund Heinsen

As of 1 July 2017 CEPS - Cultural Encounters in Pre-modern Societies has a new Associate Professor.

I work with the history of coerced labour. In the coming years, I will write a history on the birth of the prison in Denmark in the period from around 1600 to 1850. A large part of the institutions in questions were known by their contemporaries as “slaveries” and one of my aims is to explore the relation between early forms of prison labour and various forms of enslavement. I am also very interested in how current practices of confinement echo the past.

I have a PhD from Aalborg University. Most recently, I have been employed at CGS as assistant professor. During that time, I wrote a book called Mutiny in the Danish Atlantic which will be published by Bloomsbury this October. It deals with the use of convicts in the establishment of the Danish West Indies, and tells the story of how such coerced and displaced labourers nearly crushed Danish dreams of empire. 

I am affiliated with the research group CEPS and teach in the history programme. In my spare time, I follow Serie A football religiously, fiddle with drum machines and drive a small, French car.

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