MemberJulia Mattes

Hello and good day, My name is Dr. Julia Mattes M.A. I am a researcher in prehistoric archaeology (and occasionally in art history). Due to a broad education and a liking for ‘thinking outside the box’ I enjoy to work in different fields of academia and have a wide-ranging expertise. I am a member of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University as well as an independent scholar and holder of a number of grants. So far I mainly worked with European prehistoric cult and religion, ancient diseases, climate change, ancient art and art history.

MemberKeith Ruiter

I am an experienced researcher and educator specializing in early medieval northern Europe. My primary research considers issues of law, normativity, and transgression in Viking and Medieval Scandinavian societies and I am passionate about interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to teaching and researching the medieval world. My postdoctoral research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates early Scandinavian customary law and applies methodologies from Indigenous legal studies to better understand and articulate it. I have previously worked as Assistant Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of English, Teaching Assistant in the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Studies, and Guest Researcher at Uppsala University’s Department of History and Stockholm University’s Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age (University of Nottingham) and the Institute for Northern Studies (University of the Highlands and Islands).

MemberHelga Müllneritsch

I am a postdoc in German at the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University with a research interest in female agency, manuscript cookery books, and book history in the long eighteenth century. My research project ‘Women in the Shadow: Female Agency in the Eighteenth Century’ aims to map out the social and economic positions women and men held in eighteenth-century German-speaking countries, based on material remnants that have been passed down to us such as letters, diaries, and manuscript recipe books. Grounded in the field of material studies and as part of the material turn in the humanities, I aim to provide a solid basis for a re-examination of how women and men worked and socialized, one not based on the works of famous theorists and philosophers but on the mundane, everyday-life notes and artefacts of people who often remain in the shadows due to their minimal or non-existent connection to famous figures. I have worked as Lecturer in German Studies at Bangor University from 2019-20, held several short-term positions at the University of Liverpool from 2013-2019 and taught as German Language Tutor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (2017-18). My thesis, ‘Memory, Education, Circulation, Prestige: Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in the Long Eighteenth Century’, focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century manuscript cookery book as object, its function, and female authorship and ownership. I was awarded my doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2019. My publications in the history of food and cookery include ‘The Chameleon in the Kitchen: The Plural Identities of the Manuscript “Cookery Book”’, in Eve Rosenhaft, Helga Müllneritsch and Annie Mattsson (eds.), The Materiality of Writing: Manuscript Practices in the Age of Print (Uppsala 2019), ‘The ‘Who’ of Manuscript Recipe Books: Tracing Professional Scribes’, in Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2017) and ‘The Roast Charade: Travelling Recipes and their Alteration in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in Tim Berndtsson et al (eds.), Traces of Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century (Uppsala 2015).