Ylva Haidenthaller

Doctoral Student, M.A., B.A., ,

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In my thesis project, I aim to examine early modern Swedish medals and their role in the cultural context of this time. The material consists of medals, ordered by the Swedish royal court between the sixteenth and eighteenth century. In addition to the medals as such, I will study different numismatic collections, which could be regarded as representable for their time and the person’s rank who acquired the collection, as well as contemporary numismatic literature.  Questions asked in this study concern the gift’s (the medals’) reason and occasion and the medals’ afterlife in Swedish and other European collections. Hence, these questions relate to some underlying inquiries, which touch upon changes on status and social conventions in early modern times. That involves mainly the use and attitudes regarding the Swedish medals; how were they exchanged, collected and written about? Thus, I will apply theory of gift exchange, visual culture studies and the approach to objects used in material culture studies. The intention is to take the object as the base for my analysis and thereby reach to a closer connection between the culture and humans who have shaped it.As a result, this study shall illustrate the complex nature of medals and the surrounding visual and material culture of their time. 

Recent research outputs

Ylva Haidenthaller, 2018, Swedish Art History : A Selection of Introductory Texts. Qvarnström, L. (ed.). Lund: Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lunds universitet, p. 117-126 (Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences; vol. 18).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Ylva Haidenthaller, 2017 Mar, In : Nordisk Numismatisk Unions Medlemsblad. 2, p. 53-58 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ylva Haidenthaller, 2017, XV International Numismatic Congress Taormina 2015 Proceedings. Carroccio, B., Castrizio, D., Puglisi, M., Salamone, G. & Caccamo Caltabiano, M. (eds.). Arbor Sapientiae Editore, Vol. 2. p. 1217-1219

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

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