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David Ludvigsson



David Ludvigsson has dealt with several fields of historical research.

His doctoral dissertation (2003) analysed the genre of historical documentary film, with detailed analyses of some fifteen documentaries. The main argument of the study is that the maker of historical documentaries constantly negotiates between cognitive, moral, and aesthetic demands.

In other studies, Ludvigsson has investigated various modern uses of the past, including political uses of the Holocaust, and how humour interacts with history in historical comedy film.

History teaching and learning

He has paid special attention to issues related to history teaching and learning, including student perceptions of fieldwork and the views of student teachers on the subject of history. Currently,Ludvigsson is investigating the debate on education that took place in Sweden in the 1840s, i.e. a period in time that saw both numerous new newspapers and major educational reform. 

The role of guides and heritage 

Further, in a project financed by the the Swedish National Heritage Board, he and colleagues Lasse Kvarnström and Bodil Axelsson are investigating the role(s) of guides in the cultural heritage sector.



Curriculum vitae

  • Associate Professor, Linköping University 2015--
  • Associate Professor, Uppsala University 2013
  • Senior lecturer, Linköping University, 2011--
  • Researcher, Uppsala University, 2005–2011
  • Senior lecturer, University College Gävle, 2004
  • Ph.D. in history, Uppsala University, 2003
  • M.A. in history, Uppsala University, 1997'
  • Undergraduate studies at Uppsala University, University College Cork, Oslo University, University of Iceland, and Universitá per Stranieri di Siena.

While at Uppsala University he had several appointments, including the Faculty Board and the Board of Uppsala University.


Currently, David teaches historical theory and method, the early-modern period, history didactics (History Teacher Training Programme), and supervises the writing of student theses on undergraduate, master, and postgraduate levels.

He is also the President of the Swedish Association of History Teachers (HLF).

David is the academic coordinator for the student and teacher exchange programme between Linköping University and Sheffield Hallam University.



  • Since 2014 David serves as an associate editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice (Sage), and the Director of the regional committee “Northern and Western Europe”, within The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History.
  • David has served as faculty opponent at public defense of four doctoral thesis and four licentiate theses, refereed articles for Swedish and international journals, delivered a couple of expert reports, and has arranged four conferences, namely “The Uppsala Conference on History Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” (2010), “Lärarstudenter i fokus” (2011), “Kritiska perspektiv på historiedidaktiken” (2013), and ”The Linköping Conference on History Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” (2014).