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Coming dissertations at Uppsala university

  • The Hypertemple in Mind : Experiencing Temple Space in Ezekiel, The Temple Scroll and Mishnah Middot Author: Natalie Lantz Link: Publication date: 2022-08-02 13:45

    In this study I perform a theory driven close reading of selected sections of Ezekiel (chs. 40-48), the Temple Scroll (cols. 2/3-13:8, 29:3b-47:18) and Mishnah Middot, in order to explore how the architectonic descriptions of the temple in these works may have been used to create temple space in the minds of their immediate audiences. I combine Critical Space Theory and narrative as virtual reality to hypothesize the audiences’ immersion and interaction with temple space against the background of these three different engagement contexts. 

    My thesis is that antique Jewish temple descriptions are verbal and imaginative constructions that take shape (or are “built”) in the minds of the immediate audiences through the act of engaging with the narratives within the fabric of religious tradition. I argue that these architectural descriptions simulated a temple space that could be experienced virtually, alike modern day computer simulations that temporarily disrupt the conditions of the physical reality. I outline a theory for combining the analytical model of “spatial trialectics (i.e. Firstspace, Secondspace, and Thirdspace)” with the interpretative lens of virtual reality, in order to reconstruct immersive and interactive features of the temple descriptions in their respective socio-historical contexts. Inquiring about ancient temple space from the viewpoint of contemporary technologies is a way for me to explore the tension between the physical reality and virtual reality and thus shed fresh insights on how the selected temple descriptions “play out” as experiences for their ancient audiences. 

    The notion of immersive and interactive factors enabling the immediate audiences to experience temple space by engaging with architectonical temple descriptions, is my contribution to the understanding of how the symbolic system of the temple was enacted on a synchronic as well as a diachronic level in Jewish Antiquity.

  • Mode och hushåll : Om formandet av kön och media i frihetstidens svenska små- och veckoskrifter Author: Agneta Helmius Link: Publication date: 2022-06-13 10:34

    This thesis, Fashion and the household: The formation of media and gender in 18th Century Swedish periodicals and pamphlets, deals with the formation of media and gender in 18th Century Sweden using fashion and the household as themes of discussion and gender as an analytical category. The material used consists of periodicals, small prints and series of pamphlets published from the 1730s to the 1770s in Sweden, and one engraving showing five housewives beating a husband on his bare buttocks printed in 1755. According to both writers of that time and to earlier research these periodicals and pamphlets, printed in small editions and circulated mostly in the capital of Stockholm, meant a breakthrough for a new public discourse. 

    One aim is to study how gender was used, discussed and constructed in this new media. Another aim is to study how gender was used to create modern forward looking identities. Of particular interest in this new media is the debate on modernity and how it brought about new views on modern society including both gender relations and the construction of public and private spheres. The public discourse fostered a debate on the privatization of the household.

    The perspective chosen is meant to show how gender was used differently, on different levels by both male and female writers depending on purpose or agenda and sometimes in opposition to the described changes taking place. Gender could be used both benevolently and with hostility.

    By using gender as analytical category the public discourse studied in this thesis is decoded showing how both society and the public discourse, simultaneously, were gendered in new ways. It presents a debate of modernity on the threshold to modernity, and a debate on the exploitation of private vices and the privatization or marginalization of the household, later to be described as a division of private and public spheres.